Monthly Archives: September 2014

Happy Holidays

Dear parents, friends and sweet Sunbird students, Sunbird wishes all a very Happy Dussera. May you enjoy the festival season with plenty of joyful moments in the circle of your family!

Sunbird Early Learning Centre will remain closed from 1/10/2014 – 13/10/2014. Thank you for your continued patronage.

Your Sunbird Team

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Music and Rhythm

For the past three months, Sunbird is conducting regular music classes. These are besides the songs and dances the children are learning in their curriculum. In music class the students got introduced into classical music through the prodigy W.A. Mozart. In the beginning, the sounds were new and they did not pick up. Small famous pieces of him were introduced, and played regularly. The children learned what instruments were playing, i.e. the violin, the viola, the cello, etc. They learned that often a piece of music was written for a particular instrument, for example the french horn or the clarinet. Today they can differentiate these instruments.

We learned together how to keep a rhythm, either with small percussion instruments or simply clap. This has improved a lot as well.  Quite a few children can follow a rhythm and a changing pace.

Learning  the notes of an octave (in C) is presented with picture cards. To help them understand that, they learned the song ‘do a deer’ from the musical ‘Sound of Music’, which they now can sing well.

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Teaching Children JOY

Dear Parents
We hope you have been able to implement these suggestions with your little ones. Here is Part 3:


There is such a beauty in the Earth. Joy comes through sensing it–with all five senses. I remember a poet I knew who wrote mostly of the Earth, who saw so much in the World that I didn’t see. He had a sign on his wall that said, “Five Sense Sagacity.” I asked him about it. He said that serendipity, which means happy accidents, pleasant surprises, comes about through sagacity, which means acute awareness, appreciation, sensitivity, which in turn comes about through applied, thorough use of all five senses. Think about that for a moment; it is quite a message: Happiness comes through awareness.

The Child’s Perspective

Our son Josh was fifteen months old & it was April. The Summer before, he had been too small to be outside much, so, on this first warm day of the year, he was seeing the backyard for the first time. I watched him in silence from the window. He started with the grass, first feeling it, then sitting down in it, moving his legs back & forth, so delighted that he laughed aloud. Then he lay down, mouth open with an expression of anticipation, as he felt the grass with the back of his head & neck. From that position he noticed the sky & the clouds. He lifted both arms, pointed both forefingers, formed a round O with his little mouth, & said, with a tone of reverence & amazement, “Oooh!”
Then a bird chirped in the nearby tree. Josh cocked his head, a little startled, not sure where the sound had come from. The bird chirped again. This time Josh saw where it was. He stood up & toddled toward the tree. The bird swooped down, floated twenty yards or so, & landed on the lawn. Josh followed the flight with a look of delight & utter amazement. As he watched, motionless, the bird began his staccato pecking at the grass & an instant later pulled up a squirming, wiggling worm. Josh shook his head, as if in disbelief, & started shuffling toward the bird. The bird fluttered back up into the tree, chirping all the way.
Josh repeated his earlier cloud gesture, pointing up at the bird with both hands & saying, “Oooh!”

How To

Teach the Earth’s terminology.
1. Look together at large picture books of animals, trees & flowers. Point to a picture & have the children say the name, or you say the name & have them point.
2. Point at things in nature wherever you go–point & say the names.
3. Involve the children in picnics, nature walks, exposure to the out-of-doors. At zoos or botanical gardens, or at home in the backyard, notice nature. Talk about it; ask the children to tell about it.
Teach deep appreciation for the Earth.
1. Take nature walks. You don’t have to be in the woods or mountains; a vacant field or park will do. Point out things, but without too much explanation let the children explore. If you find an ant hill, stop to watch. Ask what the ants are doing. Ask lots of questions to help the children figure things out. Take nature walks to the same place in all four seasons, & ask, “How have things changed?”
2. Teach children to distinguish nature from nonnature. On nature walks, ask them to find things that are not nature’s–cans, paper, litter. Point out that Man’s things are not as beautiful as those in nature; show that each little thing in nature is unique, while Man’s things are often mass-produced.
3. Paste up a collage from each season. Look through magazines together for pictures.
4. Watch & feed birds.
5. Have pets. Learn about them & how to take care of them.
Teach the joys of the use of nature.
1. Milk a cow, drink the milk & make butter. Gather eggs & cook them.
2. Have a nature meal, with honey, eggs, milk & home-baked bread.
3. While the question of “where things come from” is still on the children’s minds, place some of the following objects in a box. Set or hold it high enough that the children cannot see inside. Give each child a turn to reach in & take out one object & then try to tell where it comes from. Give what explanations are necessary. (Item examples: Carrot, banana, apple, bread, can of tuna, honey, milk, raisins, cereal, hot dog, cotton, woolen mittens, wood, glass, paper.)
4. Play a “riddle game” with the children. Say, “I’m thinking of something that is part of our wonderful World. I’ll tell you some things about it & then see if you can guess what it is that I’m thinking about. If you think you know, raise your hand, but don’t say anything until I say, `What is it?'”
* “I’m thinking of something that is green. It grows. Sometimes it is small. Sometimes it grows very tall. It has leaves. Sometimes fruit grows on it. What is it?” (A tree.)
* “I’m thinking of something that is up in the sky. It is white. We see it mostly at night. It is round. It shines & gives us light. What is it?” (The moon.)

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Gym Time

Breathe! That is an important  part of Sunbird’s daily gym time. Correct posture and breathing the right way is taught every other day in the form of baby yoga, where the little ones are learning to master their movements. As with all other exercises, the sessions are kept short and lively and always stop before the children want to stop. Enjoy some pics in Gym Time!



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Drama Class Update

Hello everybody, Sunbird is happy to announce that the Drama class is picking up. Parents are giving us feed back, of how the children are using mimics in their conversations and starting to “act” out certain activities. Joseph has been coming regularly now for almost a month. Each Wednesday, he is bringing new tools to make the class lively and exciting. Enjoy the pictures of a duck (sculpted balloon) and a lion (puppet) story.

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Most of us end up with no more than

five or six people that remember us.

Teachers have thousands of people

who remember them for the rest of their lives.       Andrew A. Rooney


               H A P P Y  T E A C H E R’S  D A Y

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Thank You Teachers, it is Your Day

There is a long list to describe what teachers are, but here are two favorites for our teachers!

Teachers are great resource centers. They are constantly involved in the learning process. Hence they are accumulating learning from two perspectives–from their own discoveries, and from the experiences of their pupils.

Successful teachers share certain traits that have contributed greatly to their success. For one thing, they prize creativity. For another thing, they know how and when to maintain discipline. They can also judge and evaluate people accurately. They have a sense of humour. And they have open minds–they are alert to new ideas and new developments in teaching.

                                                             H A P P Y  T E A C H E R ‘S  D A Y

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gardening and greens

This was a theme in August in Sunbird. For three weeks all students took time to plant, water and watch their little seeds sprout to little green shoots. Along with their teachers they planted ragi, mehti, mustard seeds. Their patience was rewarded and after taking the plants home, most students replanted their material into clay pots. A big thank you to all the parents who helped taking the lively ‘Sunbirds’ to the majestic vast and colorful Lalbagh park. Great teamwork!!



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