August 12, 2020

Choosing the Right Book

Reading books to children brings an enormous amount of benefits, from emotional bonds between adults and children, to language learning, to expanding children’s imagination and to fostering the love of books.

You do not have to wait the bedtime to read a book to your child. You can have some reading time during the day, and enjoy being with your child, spending some quality time, and get lost in the imaginary worlds that the books provide. Your child needs to listen to your voice, see your mimics and reactions to the stories taking place in the books... The more he enjoys reading the books with you, it will soon become a good habit and you will see your child blossoming into this bookworm that loves to discover new worlds...

But how do we choose a good children’s book?

A good book should have nice and eye catching, peaceful illustrations to start with. Checking the book's pictures, one thing you can see is how the illustrations look. Do they look peaceful? Do they look spooky? Observe the pictures and you will should a clue what the story is all about. Make sure to choose books with bigger artworks that catch children’s attention and memory. You do not have to stick with the text of the book, you can always look at the pictures and talk about the images in the background, and relate them with the story.

A good book contains characters who leave a good imprint in our children’s minds. What traits or characteristics do we like our children to acquire from the characters of the books we are reading to them? This is an important point that parents must consider.

Imagination Enhancement

The more you reward your child with new stories, they will have the idea of the real world and imagination. This will enable your child to be able to make imaginary games and boost their imagination. Seeing unicorns, dinosaurs, princesses and many more story characters that are not realistic will expand their imagination more and more as you read...

Vocabulary Enrichment

Books with rhyming words, repetitive sounds, and sound patterns make it easy for children to remember words. You can make up some funny games with the rhymes, you can even create your own song to the book. Your child may not be able to understand every word you have said during the first readings, but children love to repeat what they enjoy with their parents. The more you read, the more your child will understand the wording and the expressions.

Lesson of the Story

What lesson do we like our children to learn? Good manners, love, embracing diversity, helping others, respecting elders, friendship, name it. If you do not have time to pre-read the book to understand the moral of the story, you can always make a quick research in Google and find out what the book is all about.
Trouble choosing the right book?
If you have to choose your books online, we advise you to check out the story from internet first. You can find a good publisher or a writer & illustrator duo that you trust and get their books if you feel like you are stuck. 

Making sure the books are fine...

Please make sure that you point out the importance of treating our books nicely to your children, to be able to read them in the future... You can kindly say "No, ripping the pages and painting the books is not good", and later when everything is settled you can tell about how important books are for our lives. You can always repair the books with your child if they are damaged.

August 03, 2020

The Snail and the Whale

This week's book is called The Snail and the Whale. Story by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Schaffler. This book is a much classic that shows us a restless young snail who has ambitions to travel the world. The other snails think that she should not go anywhere and stay safe on their rock, but the snail calls out for a lift to travel around the world. Eventually, her call is answered by a great big blue humpback whale! 

The snail is delighted by the wonderful world around her, until she realizes how small this trip makes her feel. Then when the whale gets confused by the motorboats zooming on the surface, he loses his way in the shallows and ends up beached in an isolated bay. Suddenly, it's down to the tiny snail to rescue the powerless whale. They call the fire brigade and everyone works together to help the stranded whale. Free once more, the whale takes the snail back home, only to discover the other snails are inspired by the tale of the tiny Snail. So they set off all together, on the tail of the whale for a new epic journey.

It is a little long story for the newborns, but this story will suit the preschoolers and older children. You can try to practise the below with your child. 
  • The snail and the whale travel through many different regions of amazing scenery from Antarctic seas with icebergs to tropical islands with volcanos, through big waves to underwater caves. It is interesting to discuss with your child how the snail could have stayed on his rock and not seen any of these wonders.
  • You can discuss with your child the plight of the humpback whale. Talk about how it is one of the biggest animals in the world but was almost hunted to the point of extinction. Also that if people are not careful we might lose this magnificent creature.
  • There is a page in the book that features people on speedboats that create so much ‘earsplitting roar’ that the whale swims ‘too close to the shore’. This is another interesting topic to cover with your child – the impact people have on wild animals.
  • The tiny snail manages to save his friend the humpback whale by writing a message to ‘save the whale’. A valuable, moral lesson to discuss with your child – no matter how small you are, you can make a big difference to what happens.
  • Discuss the beautiful images with your child. Each double page spread is illustrated with great detail and has lots of points you can discuss. Try to find time to stop and point out the details to your child.
Here is the marvellous story on youtube:

We will be sharing some activities and you can also find some more documentation on our website throughout the week! Have a great week ahead and enjoy the story!

July 29, 2020

School Readiness Program

Our School Readiness Program starts with the school opening in August.

We are so ready for our new term after all the uncertain times we have been through. Our children have been staying at home for so long during the most important part of their lives. We are sure you have done a great job keeping them busy and providing the educational support they need. Children are looking forward to meet their friends and socialise, and for many of them who are getting ready to take the next step to the kindergarten, they may need a little extra support on their unique journey.

We, #kipsteam, came together with our teachers and assistants, to build our children the School Readiness Program, built on their needs for their new school. Adaptation is really easy for children, however it's always good to have a smooth transition. 

We have prepared a wrapped up program from all that they have learned throughout their nursery times. Our program includes, phonics, shapes, colours, science, maths, music, arts, writing and reading.

Here is the program schedule. If you are interested, you can always reach out to us for more information.
There are two schedule options available for you: 
07:00 AM to 11:00 AM 
11:00 AM to 03:00 PM

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

July 26, 2020


Hello #kidzofkips!
This week we will continue one of Julia Donaldson classics, the legendary Gruffalo!

Last week, we got to know the writer of the books, but how about the illustrator? Shall we have a look at his profile? Let's check it out!

We are sure you will enjoy Gruffalo's adventure with the little mouse, who is apparently very very clever that makes everyone believe what they should believe.

You can have a look in Gruffalo's world from the link below. Just click Gruffalo's picture.

We are so amazed with this story. Its a great way to show our kids that it is possible to be brave and we do not have to be scared of any animal or anything that actually looks scary to us. What is important is actually what we believe.

Here is the amazing story, read by Alan Mandel.

If you could not get enough, here is the song of Gruffalo, sang by the author itself with Makaton (sign) language, and the guitar is played by his husband. Check it out!

Here are some actitvities for you to enjoy with your child, reading the book.

  • Draw or paint your favourite character from the story. Think about what colours and shapes you should use.
  • Using lego or cardboard boxes have a go at making a house for the Gruffalo to live in. Can you explain to a grown up how you made it?  
  • Using toilet roll tubes, have a go at making a log pile house for the snake, how many logs did you use?
  • The gruffalo was going to eat scrambled snake, could you make scrambled egg for lunch or make your own gruffalo crumble. Don’t forget to count and measure the ingredients.
  • Have a discussion about woodland animals,  can you think of any other animals the mouse might meet in the deep dark wood.

July 22, 2020

The Smartest Giant In Town

This week's featured book of  #kidzofkips is the Smartest Giant in Town, written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Alex Schaffler! Here, you will be able to find your virtual set for the book. Let's start this journey together!

George didn't like being the scruffiest giant in town, so when he sees a new shop selling giant-size clothes he decides it's time to update his image. With smart trousers, a smart shirt, stripy tie and shiny shoes, George is a new giant. But on his way home, he meets various animals who desperately need his help. . . and his clothes!

Watch and listen with your child.

Here is a printable activity sheet for you to enjoy!

Here are some activity ideas for you to enjoy the book with your child.
  • Make up the song of the giant, and sing together with your child whilst reading the book.
  • Find the rhyming words and make sure you show to your child from the book, them while you are rhyming them.
  • You can ask your child to show you the clothes of the giant when he is shopping.
  • Show your child the little details of the pictures in the book and talk about them. There are lots of things going on behind the whole story, within the pictures.
  • Make a competiton with your child while reading the card of the giant at the very end of the book. Ask your child to show you what you are reading and make funny competition noises for each correct and wrong answer.