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.