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“A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO THE AGES”

Music is important in the learning process of children. It associates the correlation between student enjoyment and student interest. Singing — as an example — can be an alternative medium in teaching literacy, and developing oral communication sans the direct instructional modulation.

It is important that young students are immersed in an environment that promotes audible expression as an extra part of the curriculum.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes in promoting music and giving children another means of self-expression, allowing them to artistically impart their feelings and emotions they bear, whether it be happiness, frenzy, or frustration. In a very real sense, this is building up their Emotional Intelligence.

More on our student’s EQ, The Children’s Ark Preparatory School held another musical gathering. Dubbed “A Musical Journey To The Ages” the event was held on February 11, 2017 at the Philippine Social Science Center Auditorium in UP Diliman. The musicale was a presentation of our young students’ talent in the field of music as they performed medleys of songs and dances from the Golden Oldies, or from the ’50s to the ’60s era.

The superb presentation was a result of the Coach Nino’s tireless effort in laying it out for everyone. The event was jazzed up by cool raffle prizes and a dance number from our very own faculty members.

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PHOTO ESSAY : THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS

It’s never too late for us adherents of that ‘better late than never’ quote. No lost opportunity here. What we have here is too special to be left out: the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s December presentation of “The Heart Of Christmas.” A special recital held on December 19, 2016 at the Philippine Social Science Center in Diliman Quezon City.

The Heart of Christmas follows the story of the coming of Jesus; from the summoning of Joseph by the Angel to, ultimately, the birth of Christ.

The presentation is a staging moment for TCAPS’ students and a display of their flair in musicale rendering.
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Our young students performed their best. We could see how their confidence level blossoms. They just got up there in front of the people, aware that excellence is not of certainty, and the thought that “giving” their music to the audience is why they play music. It is meant to be shared.

TCAPS believes the important role music provides to the young minds. As a means of communication and expression of culture and individual identity. Young children are normally used to singing nursery rhymes.

Here, we boost their interest in music to infinity and beyond!

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Our young students are encouraged to take part in the recitals. Those who are just starting out on this musical path, the variety of their style, level, age and appearance is simply fascinating to watch.

A child must learn to think musically. And that is what will help assist the development of the child and their academic development. A music recital is kind of like-life.

But of course, anxiety accompanies a child’s performance on the stage. Tears, tantrums and tummy aches. All of these symptoms come along. They need to realize and be willing to be vulnerable in front of lots of people. Our students are aware that sharing with others is more important than the fear of not being perfect.

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Another smashing performance by the TCAPS students — to the delight of the audience, guests and parents — as they
share the stage for a very special evening which really deeply touches the viewers. And to the success of the TCAPS faculty. If these made the audience smile or even cry, they have done a really good job.

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LINGGO NG WIKA 2016: PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO

Ang “Buwan ng Wika” ay isa sa mga pinaka-aabangang kaganapan sa lahat ng mga paaralan, mapa-elementarya, sekondarya, at maging sa kolehiyo kada Agosto ng bawat taong-akademiko. Ayon sa Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), ang tema ng pagdiriwang para sa taong kasalukuyan ay:

“Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran.”

Ayon sa Memorandum #24 s. 2016 ng Department of Education, maaaring gamitin ng mga paaralan ang mga sumusunod na sub-tema sa pag-oorganisa ng kanilang mga gawain:

1) Filipino: Wika ng Edukasyon at Kalinangan
2) Intektuwalisadong Wikang Pambansa, Wika ng Umuunlad na Bansa
3) Pagsasalin: Susi sa pagtamo at papapalaganap ng mga kaalaman at karunungan
4) Ang Filipino ay Wika ng Saliksik

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Sa paniniwala ng maraming tao, ang isang indikasyon ng pagka-intelihente ay ang pagiging mahusay sa wikang Ingles. At ang paggamit sa wikang Filipino ay kadalasang inihahambing naman sa pagiging makata.

Ang temang “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan” ay direktang tumutugon sa maling persepsyon na ito. May mga sub-tema na tumatalakay ng wikang Filipino sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman at pananaliksik.

Ang pagsasalin ay upang mabigyang prayoridad ang pangangailangan na maipaalam ang nilalaman ng mga nasusulat sa wikang Ingles sa wikang Filipino para sa ikauunawa ng ordinarayong Pilipino.

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Sa pagdiriwang ng okasyong ito ang Children’s Ark Preparatory School ay nagsagawa ng sari-saring aktibidad, programa at mga pagtatanghal na angkop sa aming itinalagang slogan: “PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO.”

Ang mga pagtatanghal ay kinabibilangan ng mga mag-aaral na naghandog ng iba’t-ibang pagpapalabas ng sining at kulturang Pilipino tulad ng awit at sayaw, talumpati, at pagtatanghal ng mga katutubong kasuotan na nagpapakilala ng tunay na pagkakakilanlan nating mga PINOY.

Ang pagtatanghal ay itinuring na isang timpalak at ang mga napiling kalahok sa kani-kaniyang kategorya ay ginawaran ng sertipiko bilang pagpaparangal at pagkilala sa kanilang pagpupunyagi.

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RECITAL DAY: DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Among the Childrens Ark Preparatory School’s mission is to improve our student’s creativity, learning, and their love for music and harmony. We believe that playing and performing music is fun and functional and it will help develop children’s skills which will be of use to them throughout their lives.

Just recently, the TCAPS gave our young students a chance to spread out their flair through a musical performance held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse.

It was a night of glitz and glamor. The audience were delighted to a variety of musical performances featuring the elementary kids dancing to Corbin Bleu’s “Push It To The Limit” and the pre-schoolers exhibiting their dancing skill to One Direction’s “Strong” and “Shake It Up” together with the all-girls chorale.

This was followed by the group’s inspiring rendition of Lea Salonga’s “I Am But A Small Voice” backed up by a lyre and guitar ensemble.

The gallery — consisting mostly of parents — regaled to an interpretative dance by the chorale and selected dancers to Peabo Bryson’s “A Whole New World.”

“Go The Distance” and “Reflection” was performed by the chorale, also accompanied by the lyre and guitar ensemble.

Our musical director, Coach Niño wowed the crowd with his magnificent rendering of an Eric Clapton hit “If I Could Change The World.”

The recital ends with a dance finale for all students featuring the High School Musical’s soundtrack “We’re All In This Together.”

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The opportunity to display one’s talent through the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent builds in a child a sense of pride and confidence.

There is always a time and a place for everyone to take the center stage.


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BONDING TIME AT TCAPS FAMILY DAY 2

On February 25, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School took the parents’ time off from this busy world and held the second Family Day at the DAHHA Clubhouse.

This is due to the school’s belief in the importance of taking a pause from life and spending precious time with the family.

It is so ironic how we work so hard everyday to provide our families with the basic necessities that sometimes we forget the most important thing we could provide them — time.

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At the TCAPS Family Day, bonding time with the family was spent meaningfully. We have programmed some special activities and fun projects in order for parents and children to interact with each other.

Children learn how to deal with issues just by watching and communicating with their parents. On the other hand, family bonding times are best opportunities for parents to show their children the expected behaviors inside the family circle.

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TCAPS believes that encouraging bonding time often molds children to have an easier time away from home.

Studies show that children who have closer ties with their parents don’t indulge much on today’s technologies or social media for parental attention. They have an easier time managing themselves when their folks are not around.

They are aware that they have a reasonable amount of their parents’ attention.

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The Childrens Ark Preparatory School motivates children to openly discuss to their parents how their deeds in school become a big contributing factor to their projects.

We encourage them to use their talents and their abilities to making the project important in their very own way.

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There is this wonderful feeling when children and parents feel they’re connected to a group or, when they are a team.

When they’re playing a game that requires input from everyone or when participation contributes to the success of the group, it increases family union. This creates adaptability in kids’ lives.

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Playing games together is an enjoyable way for the family to collaborate and keep in touch outside of the drudge of homeworks, tasks, or even household chores.

Along with this, it even relieves the stress and gives parents some relaxation.

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In today’s world, both parents and kids have become more involved in many different preoccupations or diversions. The traditional concept of what a family should be has faded away.

TCAPS makes it a point to keep the family well bonded and make sure it spend some quality time together.

We all have hustling schedules and fish to fry. But we can still at least stop and sit awhile to keep in touch, be together, and let each other feel there is love in the family.

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LAST STOP: BIORESEARCH’S LOST EDEN EDUCATIONAL PARK

The final stage of the Children’s Ark Preparatory School’s outbound tour is a visit at the BIORESEARCH’s Lost Eden Educational Park — a four-hectare sanctuary where species of birds, bugs, insects, variety of fishes and all sorts of plants and vegetations can be found.

Located right at the heart of the bustling Metro Manila, the place is a haven for ecologist and nature-lovers. It holds a total of more than two million creatures and thousands of plant life.

TCAPS students enjoyed touring around the park while learning from the lectures delivered by BioResearch tour guides. The place may appear like a plain veterinary clinic from the outside, but once you step in, it’s a totally different scenery. BioResearch’s Lost Eden is not just a place for fun with the flora and fauna, but a place for research and studies as well.

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BioResearch started as a pet shop four decades ago. Today it is equipped with the right facilities and resources needed to shelter endangered animals. For that reason, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has designated the park as a Wildlife Rescue Center.

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BioResearch’s personnel gave us a pre-tour briefing on facts about the plants and animals on display before we take pleasure viewing lines of aquariums, a pool of turtles and reptiles, birds, and a greenhouse. At the center of the park is a market of various herbs and other greenery from around the Philippines.

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Facilities at the Lost Eden includes a lengthy aquarium strip of various freshwater ornamental fishes from all over the world; a periculture learning space at the honey bee gallery; a Butterfly Farm; a Koi Pavilion; Dog and Cat Mansion; the Central Park; the Rainbow Tree House which is said to have been built around a 200 year-old tamarind tree; the Bird Mansion and; the Turtle World.

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The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes that for students to acquire optimum knowledge, they sometimes have to step out of the boundaries of the the four corners of a classroom and learn from a wide range of experience and activities that go above and beyond what they usually encounter.

This years outbound tour, which took place in fun and safe environments have broaden our students’ horizons; provided a variety of new learning opportunities; improve their team-building skills and; and refreshed their sense of camaraderie.

These things are not always accessible on a day-to-day basis. The tour has undoubtedly rejuvenated their sense of confidence and self-awareness and encouraged them to go for more new experiences!


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KIDZANIA, MANILA: THE LAND OF COOL KIDS

Immediately following our trip from the MMDA’s Children’s Road Safety Park, the Children’s Ark Preparatory School, as part of its outbound tour, cruised down for an adventure at Kidzania, Manila, also referred to as The Land of Cool Kids — an interactive environment built especially for kids to delve, travel and learn about the world of grown-ups in a scaled-down community.

A miniature district which provides a dynamic way to orient kids in performing real-life reality-based characters such as firefighters, aviators, cooks and bakers, medical team, entertainers and so much more. They get to have hands-on experience on different trades and they do it practically in lifelike conditions.

The indoor play city was made in cooperation with some of the country’s leading industry partners (Cebu Pacific, BPI, LBC Express, St. Lukes Medical Center and so on) which provide the technical facilities and know-how for every department.

Enter Kidzania, Manila.

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For the adventurous type, a chance to rappell a number of urban structures.

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Here at Kidzania, everyone is received with a warm”Kai!” The KidZanian greeting for “hello”. Say Kai to everyone you meet. A few local expressions includes “Zaz” which is their version of wow; “zanks” for thank you; “Z-U” for bye!

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What could be the biggest hit for the kids is Kidzania’s FIRE DEPARTMENT:

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Kidzania’s Fire Department allows these little ones a fun and learning experience as to fire safety and gets them into action during emergencies. A fire engine can haul up to 8 “firefighters” and brings them into exhilarating activity for about half an hour.

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A hospital — sponsored by St. Luke’s Medical Center — consists of a Baby Care Center, an Emergency Room and an Operating Room where children learn the basics of performing an organ transplant and being part of a paramedic team, where they get to respond to emergency calls and employ first aid anywhere within the city.

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At the Construction Company of Kidzania, some chose to be constrution workers and learn to build houses, buildings and other structures out of bricks and mortar.

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The RightZKeepers’ House designed specifically for toddlers. A pretty cramped spot where each child is allowed to play for only a very short time.

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At the Goldilocks Bake Shop, children create their own tempting pastry capped with icing and sprinkles! Awesome creativity for cakes here.

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Another popular role-play at Kidzania is being a member of the LBC team. They lined up and take turns to slipped into the familiar LBC gown.

A note from the courier company: The LBC KidZania branch teaches kids the value of efficiency, the benchmark of a trusted leader in the industry, in the simplest way possible, but also the intangible but no less important concepts of respect for other’s property, valuing hard work, friendliness and customer service.

Kids pick-up and deliver packages across Kidzania. A great way to teach them how to value, handle, and store goods.

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The StarMusic Recording studio, the place for rockstar kids.

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Showtime at the ABS-CBN TV Studio.

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Native handmade crafts at the Kidzania tiangge.

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The Cebu Pacific flight training plane appears very much like a real airplane with all its details. Our students received professional training on aviation and cabin crew service.

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The BPI Bank of Kidzania. A newly opened establishment that accustoms kids to the banking world of deposit and withdrawals, as well as how to detect fake bills.

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Kidzania Manila, in essence, allows children to grab a hold of a genuine society they are living in. An awe-inspiring learning experience of taking the driver’s seat in controlling the basic services of everybody’s lives.