October 08, 2020

Goldilocks and Three Little Bears

Once upon a time there were three bears who lived in a house in the forest. There was a great big father bear, a middle-sized mother bear, and a tiny baby bear.
One morning, their breakfast porridge was too hot to eat, so they decided to go for a walk in the forest. While they were out, a little girl called Goldilocks came through the trees and found their house. She knocked on the door and, as there was no answer, she pushed it open and went inside.


A fascinating fairy tale by Robert Southey, written by 19th Century, United Kingdom.
Here is the read aloud story for you to enjoy with your child. 



We would like to share these fascinating activity worksheet with you. You can print and practice with your child. Download your Worksheet From This Link.

You can find variations of this book sold, but please make sure to take a look inside before buying, as this book has lots of prints and versions, you really want to make sure to buy an appropriate one for your child's age.



September 30, 2020

Owl Babies


This week's library choice is Owl Babies. A heartwarming story of three owls, waiting for their mommy.

Owl Babies is a 1992 book by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. It is about three owlets that wake up one night to find their mother gone, worry about her absence, but are then elated when she inevitably returns from her night flight.

This book is teaching our kids that no matter what, our mommy is always there for us and we do not have to worry... Three siblings are discussing where their mother might be. They are trying to soothe each other about their mother, while they are all worried. But their mother comes back flying and they all understand that there is no need to worry, that their mommy is always there for them, and will always come back.

Here is the story with the original illustration from the book, animated so nicely. 



September 24, 2020

ZOG by Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler

Here is another book this week, we continue with ZOG, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by her book partner Alex Scheffler! They are the magic duo, aren't they? Enjoy the book with your child and try our learning suggestions for activities!

 Zog is the keenest dragon in school - and the clumsiest. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by to patch up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test yet: capturing a princess? And will Zog ever manage to win a gold star?

Zog is all about achieving success by working hard, going to school and learning about good hearts, good will and best qualities of a friendship.





Here are some teaching ideas for ZOG:

  • Make a list of the rhyming words used in the story. Could you make a list of rhyming words, or write a story that rhymes, too?
  • Write a diary entry from a dragon who goes to dragon school. What did he / she learn today?
  • Imagine that you are the teacher at the dragon school. Plan a lesson to show what you want the pupils to learn.
  • Write a school report for Zog.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach a young dragon how to fly like Zog.
  • Make a shape poem about a dragon, in the shape of a dragon!
  • Retell the story from the little girl's point of view.
  • In Year 2, Madam Dragon 'implores' the dragons to roar louder. What does 'implore' mean? Can you think of any synonyms?
  • The story explains what the dragons learn in each year at school. Could you make a story / poem about the things that you have learned during your time at school?
  • Could you write a similar story showing what different creatures might learn at their own schools (e.g. a unicorn, a mermaid, a goblin)?
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript.
  • The two human characters become doctors. Can you plan some questions for an interview with a real doctor?


September 17, 2020

Book: Tiddler, The Story Telling Fish

Hello Kidz! 

We have a new book this week to share with you, which we think you would find fascinating! Here is Tiddler, the tiny fish in the ocean who loves to make up stories which will lead him and fishes around him to write their own...

Tiddler is all about imagination, story telling, being adventurous and how important it is to stay positive about all that is happening around you. Everyday, Tiddler is late for school, and everyday he has another story to tell his teacher. But did he really ride a seahorse? Did he really meet a mermaid? And who would believe him when he gets captured in a net? All children will see the big imagination and how to imagine with this book. 

Let your child have the big adventure with Tiddler and his stories.

Tiddler The Story Telling Fish

Enjoy the story by Julia Donaldson, and the illustration by Alex Scheffler!











September 03, 2020

Decision: Pre-school or Home-school?

This decision really depends on your family values. It has been over 5 months now that we have been struggling with the effects of Covid-19. Because of the hot weather, our children are not able to enjoy the summer in the open areas and we have been locked inside our homes with them for a long time. You might have ran out of the activities and possibly came to a point that you do not know what to do further. If so, here is a link for you to check out the activities that you can do at home with your kids. 

Before you feel exhausted, please don't worry, because our children are more capable of adapting with the changes. They get used to every circumstance easily and they do not get to think over the issues. They do not feel sad about the whole situation, even though they have a slight idea about what really is going on. 

You can consider your life's standards before you make the decision of sending your child to school. Do you live with your elder? Or are you alone in the house with your child? Do you have any friends with children? How long does your child get to socialize? You can ask yourself and observe your child if he or she is having quality time at home, which affects the whole learning. 

During pre-school years, it is vital that your children mingle with other kids and keep them busy with learning activities. This prepares them for the coming years and kindergarten. The pre-schools in Qatar are being strictly monitored by the Ministry of Social Affairs. We have received a list of the rules that we have to apply and we are preparing ourselves in the best possible way we can. Your child will be safe here at KIPS, have a great time with their friends, teachers and they will benefit from socializing, learning and most importantly, they will be happy.

Please consider your risk and your family values before you make the decision of sending your child to pre-school, and keep in mind that your little one needs socializing, learning, activities, seeing new things, bonding with teachers and adults other than the family.

We are looking forward to meet our little ones, as autumn is approaching and we will be celebrating it with all the beauty it brings to our lives.











August 27, 2020

The Mixed Up Chameleon

This week's book is Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. There once was a small green chameleon that wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal. But with each transformation in size, shape, and color, the chameleon learns that maybe being yourself is best of all!


The Mixed-Up Chameleon is sure to delight little readers with its interactive art, funny antics, and heartwarming message. This board book edition is the perfect size for small hands and features sturdy pages.

  • This book allows you to create very easy and hands-on activities with your child. You can draw some chameleons and paint them, talk about the colors and put the chameleons near the same color items you can find in your house or your garden.
  • You can take out the parts of the animals and how they effected chameleon. Deer's horns, turtle's shell, wings of the flamingo, elephant's hose and the clapping hands of the seal and so on...
  • You can fill a sealed plastic bag with colors and mix them up to create your own colors of your chameleon.
  • You can watch some real videos of chameleon's catching the fly and talk about the facts of their tongues, how fast and strong is their tongue, and how it catches the fly.

Enjoy your read and activities with your little one and we will see you soon!
#kidzofkips #kipslibrary



August 19, 2020

Let's Learn About Eric Carle


Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 62 languages and sold over 41 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."
Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

For more information about Eric Carle and his books please visit:
The Official Eric Carle web site: http://www.eric-carle.com
Eric Carle's Blog: http://www.ericcarleblog.blogspot.com
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: http://www.carlemuseum.org
The World of Eric Carle: http://www.amazon.com/The-World-of-Eric-Carle


The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle


 
One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens…

As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!
Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favourite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

Your child will meet many bugs during this adventure and salute many of them, while learning that it is okay not to be able to do everything when you are young. You will learn in time and it is really okay.

You will enjoy reading this book to your child, and you can listen to the book from this video as well.


Here are some activity recommendations for you to enjoy with your child, in regards to the book.
  • Observe some bugs in the nature with your children. You can take a magnifier and look for some bugs in the garden or a park.
  • Draw some bugs on a paper, paint them and cut them. Place them on the flowers you draw and make them talk to each other.
  • Make the sounds of each bug and try to talk, mimic them and have fun!
  • Talk about all unique specifications of the bugs and tell each other how nice to appreciate the differences of all the bugs and how they complete each other.
  • You can talk about how your child was not capable of doing simple things when he or she was a baby and now that he can do many things that he has grown up so much... 








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

Gruffalo





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! https://axelscheffler.com/who-is-he

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.




February 04, 2020

Check out our Sickness Policy

Children may get sick when they start any preschool for the first time. This is very normal, and happens in every school. At first, it might be frustrating for the parents, but everything will be great in the long run, because these illnesses boost the children's immune system. Your child will be stronger and will be immunized to many viruses, and he/she will not be getting sick so frequently in a few months.

Just in case your child gets sick in the school or anything happens, do not worry. We have a sickness procedure, and we know exactly what to do.

Kidz International Pre-school Sickness Policy


As Kidz International Pre-school, we recognize it is our responsibility to ensure the health and safety for our children, staff and parents, through identifying and discussing health issues in an open and positive way, allowing us to achieve and maintain our high standards. In order to maintain a clean and healthy environment, we ask that you refrain from bringing your child into nursery if they are sick and/or displaying signs of illness.

Children should not be left in the nursery if they are unwell.Our manager or deputy manager reserves the right not to accept any child who is unwell into the nursery. It is unfair on the child to be here when they need to be with their parent/carers or having one to one attention. It is also unfair to the rest of the children, who are here if they are knowingly in contact with an illness or infection.
If a child is unwell, then they will prefer to be at home with their parent(s) rather than at the nursery with their peers. We will follow these procedures to ensure the welfare of all children within the nursery, in order to minimize the risks of illnesses within our pre-school.

Children with following conditions will not be admitted to the nursery:
  • A raised temperature, over 37.8 degrees or an infection treated with antibiotics for less than 48 hours.
  • Certain illnesses which are considered to be actively infectious or contagious, for example hand, food and mouth disease, chicken pox, German measles.
  • Conjunctivitis/eye infection which is untreated, or treated less than 24 hours.
  • Sickness or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
If a child becomes ill during a nursery day, their parents will be contacted and asked to pick their child up as soon as possible. During this time, the child will be taken care of in a quiet, calm area with their key person or the nurse, and familiar assistants that will help the child calm down and feel better. We have a separate nurse room to ensure the child is feeling safe and secure, in a calm environment.

We have two licensed nurses on the board at all times. We will ask your opinion on medical provision and we will update you periodically both by calling, and updating you on the Icare application’s messaging tool. We are doing deep cleaning every day, at all times.

Procedure of Transportation to Hospital

In case of an emergency case that needs immediate We also have a special procedure for transporting children to hospital. Although we do not face these situations, we always make a plan for emergencies and we have procedures accordingly.

If the sickness is severe, call for an ambulance immediately. The parents must not attempt to transport the sick child in their own vehicle. Whilst waiting for the ambulance, we contact the parent/carer and arrange to meet them at the hospital. A senior member of staff must accompany the child and collect together registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter. A member of the management team must also be informed immediately remain calm at all times.
Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance.

January 07, 2020

Limited Screen Times


Excessive use of screens among young children is becoming inevitable nowadays. Parents must be really creative in finding ways to reroute this habit and there are many activities available in our stash. This could be reading stories, doing science experiments, baking or cooking together, painting, playing with real toys, going out to a park for play, anything you could think of.

To prevent excessive screen times, you can create the habit of listening to music while playing with your children. If your child sees you enjoying music, he will also start enjoying it soon. If your child insists on watching his favorite series or movie, you can offer his favorite song instead and start playing it more and more in time. This will give him the chance of developing his music ear, whilst getting busy with activities. This will also help with the language development. Screen time is not bad, and could be effective if used properly.

You can find a show that your child enjoys and learns from, but you shall be enjoying with him, sitting with him and watching the same show, and when it's over. it shall be over. This way, your child will not be struggling for more, and he will be able to talk about the show with you, if he wants to. This leads you and your child to be connected on a subject that your child enjoys the most, and it will enhance your child's development.

Screen time is only for your child to develop and learn, so try to avoid excessive screen times, and be consistent about it. Your child will eventually get used to the idea and you will not be struggling about shortening these times.

Good luck!