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It Might Be An Apple by Shinsuke Yoshitake – Children’s Book Reccomendation #4

The story begins with an ordinary boy and an ordinary red apple on the table. It then follows the child’s humorous, enthusiastically imaginative train of thought through all the things an apple might be if it is not, in fact, an apple.

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Distrusting the apple’s physical appearance, the possibilities of what it may be, if it is not an apple, are just endless. It is huge fun to read this book with the children.

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The Dramatic Plot

A boy comes home from his school and sees an apple on the table. The story goes progressively when the boy thinks that it MAY NOT be an apple at all. So what is it? Maybe it’s a planet from outer space with tiny aliens on board? Perhaps it wants a cool hairstyle? Does it feel scared, or snore at night? Speculations continue through to a climax that the apple may be a trap, a secret signal or may even turn him into a giant.

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The story concludes with the boy eating the apple. Guess what happens after that?

Different Types of Possibilities

The author explores perspectives in extending the possibilities, maybe it is a read fish which curl up into a ball or half apple and half orange depending on where you look at it from. He also inspires the readers to imagine if perhaps there is something inside the apple, like machineries, jellies or babies.

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It also can be things that can grow, perhaps like a quirky apple house that grows bigger as he waters it. It can also imaginably be something living with feelings, wishes, and needs.

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The Presentation of the Story

It is fascinating when there are different ways of presenting the ideas in this one storybook. “It Might be an Apple” uses comic strips, mind-map, journaling and listing beside the normal way of positioning the text and illustration.

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The sentences are presented in straight horizontal lines, curvy lines and even circles.

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Happy Reading,


Capella Preschool Team

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Understanding Separation Anxiety in Preschoolers

A simple act of waving goodbye to their parents involves a certain complexity of emotions for preschoolers, regardless of the duration of separation. The biggest feeling that usually surfaces up when anticipating separation is anxiety. People usually feel anxious because of the unknown and uncertainty that come after the separation. This anxiousness will lead people to feel other mixed emotions such as fear, feeling lost and frustrations.

As adults, we know how to manage and express these emotions in different socially-acceptable ways. However, it is not the case for our young ones. They will usually apply the ways they know how to express those feelings, which include screaming, crying, clinging, rolling on the floor, hitting and kicking. On some occasions, separation anxiety may lead to nightmares and insomniacs, which are just part and parcel of adjusting to the changes that are happening in their lives.

Why Does Separation Anxiety Happen to children?

Fearing the unknown is the cause of separation anxiety, in this case, children experience separation anxiety because they do not know:

  1. How long they are going to be away from their parents
  2. Would their parents even come back for them
  3. Is the new environment safe for them

How Do We Handle Separation Anxiety?


  • Children are very sensitive to the feelings that parents emote. Thus, it is important for parents to stay calm and composed. We understand that in the process of going through separation anxiety, the parents can also be very stressed and anxious which is expected. In the case that the parents or caregivers need to express their emotions, it is advisable to do it after the parents have sent the child into the school and not in front of him/her. Seeing that the parents and caregivers are as anxious or even more anxious than the child will heighten up the existing anxiety, which in this case will not help the situation.
  • Parents should always inform their children where they are going and when they will be back to pick them up. It is strongly advisable to keep the promises made to them and be on time when picking them up.
  • Parents should reassure children that they will be in school with the teachers who will take good care of them and have fun with them. Make it visible to the children that the parents trust the teachers hence they can trust the teachers too.
  • Parents should create a short and simple goodbye ritual with their children and stick with that consistently, especially during the process of easing the anxiety. For example, waving goodbye followed by a big hug and a kiss on his/her forehead. After that, the parents should walk away confidently from them and let the teachers take over.


  • Do not hold onto your crying child tightly, instead, confidently pass your child to the teacher-in-charge because this act of passing shows children that the parents trust the teacher and therefore, they can feel safe with her.
  • Do not prolong the goodbye process. Some children will try to drag the goodbye longer by negotiating or clinging on to the parents tighter than usual. Stick to the consistent goodbye ritual and keep it short and sweet.
  • Do not disappear when you realize your child is not looking, because this act of disappearing will result in your child fearing of the unknown. In this case, the children will no longer be able to predict what causes the parents to go missing, when and why they suddenly go missing. This will lead to a feeling of helplessness.
  • Do not appear again because you realized that your child is still crying, because this will send a signal to the child that when he/she cries, daddy or mummy will come back for them immediately. This action will also prolong the anxiety as they will attempt for more intense, longer and louder cry, thinking that this action will bring the parents back like the day before.

Separation Anxiety is NOT Forever

Well, the good news is separation anxiety is a phase that every child will go through in the process of understanding the concept of time, temporary partings and managing their emotions. Rest assured this will not happen forever and soon enough, your child will wave goodbye to you and walk into school independently by himself/herself. Having said that, it is always important to work closely with the school and take necessary measures to ease the transition for your children.

Do check out our article about choosing the right preschool for your child: What is the Best Preschool in Singapore for My Child?


Happy Reading,

Capella Preschool Team

Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds – Children’s Book Recommendation #3

Reading this book is like getting a reminder to unleash our dreams and inspire imaginations. To dream is to think and to create. It is okay to be a dreamer, voice it out and impact the world!

Happy Dreamer also highlights individuality. We can be a different type of dreamers, dreaming of different sorts of things and that is OK!

The story started with this boy feeling discouraged as he was constantly told to sit still, be quiet, pay attention and focus. Despite being told so, nobody could “box” his mind… his dreams.

When the mind takes flight, he transforms it into different dreams of shapes and sizes. It encourages dreamers to dream in their quiet ways, their loud ways, and their imaginative ways.


Read this book with the children and encourage them to share their dreams with us. Let them shine, soar and celebrate all the different ways we think, learn, read, write, dream, and create. No dream is a bad one so what kind of dreamer are you?

Do check out our children’s book recommendation which covers a story by Quentin Blake: Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets


Happy Dreaming,

Capella Preschool Team

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Cooking with Children at Schools: Why it is Important

Cooking with little ones is not limited to just baking cookies or squeezing oranges to make orange juice. It is about empowering children to practice life skills, applying what they have learnt or are learning, encouraging healthy eating and so much more. 

Have you seen your child pretending to cook while they are playing? I am sure it has happened many times when your little one(s) run back and forth serving different “dishes” to you. Have you ever wondered, “why do they like to do that so much?” 

Well, perhaps it is because they really want to be in the kitchen doing all these things that they see their parents and grandparents doing!

So why not give them real-life experiences in addition to exposing them to pretend plays only? Let’s start by allowing them to get involved in the kitchen.

Wait, what?! Why should we let them hands-on and cook when all we get is a big mess, unsightly dishes and a lot to clean up?

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Despite all the mess and the hurricane-aftermath that will happen in your kitchen, we should STILL let them be involved because of the benefits of cookery activities at a young age.

Cooking is Learning

When adults cook, we cook by following a recipe and hope that the dish we are making turns out like what the recipe says it would be.

When children cook, so much more is going on. They will have the opportunity to read or even write recipes, understand sequences, follow step-by-step instructions and most importantly learn about safety in the kitchen.

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They can also put their mathematical understanding into practice, as cooking will require them to measure and count correctly.

They are practicing their eye-hand coordination skills to pour, mix, stir, squeeze, tear and knead. While doing these actions, they also learn the action-verbs used.

The best part is that they can have fun and learn all of these concepts at the same time.

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Cooking is an Adventure

When children are involved in the cooking process, they feel a sense of achievement when they have “cooked” something and would gladly eat it or at least try it. There is also a sense of familiarity as they have observed how the ingredients change from the beginning to the end. They also had a chance to transform the ingredients into different forms.

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Don’t be surprised to see a child eating unseasoned vegetables cooked in boiling water when he usually doesn’t even want to touch any vegetables in a bowl of soup during lunchtime. 

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Cooking is a Life-Skill

Cooking is an important life-skill that will come in handy for the rest of their lives. Under any situation, they will be able to whip up something to eat. So we don’t have to worry about them going hungry!

The earlier the child picks up cooking the easier it is to apply this life-skill in the future. The interests and experiences encourage them to explore possibilities of making different dishes using similar ingredients, building their confidence in cooking.

Besides that, cooking is also one special way that children can use to communicate and express themselves.

At Capella Preschool we believe that cooking is an important part of children’s learning. It is one of the best opportunities for children to consolidate and put into practice, all the concepts that they have learnt (and are still learning) so far, from mathematical concepts, language concepts, social skills, emotional skills, understanding cause-effect, motor-skills, and coordination. It is also a medium for them to express their stories, experiences, and ideas. 

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Do come down and find out more about how we integrated cookery in our curriculum. We are also contactable at

Read our article about loose parts play here: Let’s Loose Parts Play in Preschool!

Happy Reading and Cooking,

Capella Preschool Team

Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake – Children’s Book Recommendation #2

Meet Angelina Sprocket… She is one of the most eccentric and quirky character whom I ever encountered so far!


She lives next door whose appearance is very distinctive with her amusing purple long coat full of pockets. She is a personality whose happiness and magic are very infectious to the people around her. To make a guess, I’m pretty sure that she is either a teacher, a magician, an entertainer, an inventor or everything of those. Such a happy and generous soul.


Her pockets galore!

She could pull out almost all the objects we could think, including hankies, umbrellas, towels, pan, pots, boats, skate boards even a kitchen sink. How amazing!

Not just those objects, she could keep animals in her pockets. It could come handy when it’s needed. The readers will meet the mice, the ducks, an alligator even a special lovely green-pink-polka dotty-elephants. Who says that elephant must be grey? At least not the one from Angelica’s pocket!

If you are hungry, she could offer ice-creams, puddings, cheese… you name it!


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You and your children would be WOW-ed with all the surprises coming out from her pockets. It is definitely a loud book that will trigger lots of laughters. You could list out the objects coming out from her pockets together with your children. You can even think, imagine and brainstorm of what else do you think Angelica has in her pockets.

There are some lines which include onomatopoeia, such as PAH-HEE, HAR_HUR, BEEP BEEP. You can definitely add on more of the object sounds as the story progresses.

Happy Reading with your child(ern)!

Do check out our children’s book recommendation which covers a story by Oliver Jeffers: Once Upon an Alphabet.

Happy Father’s Day 2019 from Capella Preschool!

Over the years, the society’s view on the role of the father has changed, which has led to many more responsibilities being added on. Fathers used to be seen majorly as the breadwinners of the family, while mothers took care of the children and matters at home.

In our modern days, many factors have brought women out of homes into the working world. Therefore, fathers are no longer seen as just financial providers, they have to start taking up more responsibilities and being available for the children. And “being available” is more than just being present. It is being sensitive, supportive, and providing “tender loving care”. Perhaps many fathers are going to agree with me that these added on responsibilities are not exactly in the nature of most males, and thus taking such responsibilities and being good at it is a huge challenge.

As an early childhood educator, I have witnessed these changes in the recent years and have seen fathers getting more and more involved in their children’s education! It warms my heart to see such great effort fathers make for their children, and no doubt, they will always be a superhero in their children’s eyes.

To all our superhero Dads, Happy Fathers’ Day! We love you three thousand! 😉


Have a Fun Father’s Day,

Capella Preschool Team

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Child Talk – How Do I Get My Child to Talk?

It is easy to think that children’s speech, language and communication develop no matter what.

But this isn’t true. Children don’t learn to talk by accident. According to researchers, parental interaction in supporting pre-literacy development is an important way of enhancing children’s language development.

Adults play a really important role in nurturing and supporting these skills. The way we talk to our children has a significant impact on their learning and ability to listen to us. Adults are role model for children on how they act and behave. The way we speak to them and others is showing them how we want them to respond to us.

Here are some tips to support children’s communication skills:

TALK to Your Child!

Take time to spend with your child.

Set aside time each day to talk to your child on the things that your child is interested in. You can also bring your child to places he or she likes.

If your child says, “I go library”, say to your child ‘I am going to the library (with you too).’

Allow your child to interact with you.

Use comments and prompt your child to keep the conversation going.

If your child is drawing a cat, say to your child, ‘That looks awesome. I love the cat!’ They can then respond with more words.

Listen to their responses to you.

If your child doesn’t get it quite right the first time, don’t say “that’s wrong”; help your child to say the right words or sentences the proper way.

Keep exploring words with your child. Talk about new words when your child comes across one.

When doing an activity, always recap the activity after you have done it. This helps to develop children’s ability to understand and say the words involved in the activity.

Expand what your child is saying. If your child says “want apple”, say to your child “Can I have an apple please?”

Engage Your Child in Both Meaningful and Nonsensical Conversations

Enjoy the conversation with your child as children learn from conversing with adults as much as with their friends and teachers. Conversation can be both serious or playful.

Comment on your child’s play using simple language, Teach your child to follow simple instructions.

Create memories most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Read our article about choosing the right preschool for your child: What is the Best Preschool in Singapore for My Child?


Warmest Regards,

Capella Preschool Team