Kool Kidz Mill Park Diwali Celebration

Kool Kidz Mill Park Diwali Celebration

Today in our Snugglepot room the children enjoyed engaging in some art work that our wonderful educator Harjit had organised for them.

The children used their sense of agency to choose the coloured paper to create their beautiful art work. The children used their fine motor skills to put the glue on the paper, then paste the art work down.  The children and educators also got to dress in some absolutely beautiful outfits that Harjit had brought in. What a great experience this was for the children to engage in some Indian culture. Thank you very much Harjit for your amazing work to put all this together.

The Diwali Celebration marks the victory of good over evil and the festival of light.



Fire Fighter Aaron Visits Kool Kidz Mill Park

Fire Fighter Aaron Visits Kool Kidz Mill Park

At Kool Kidz Mill Park keeping our children safe is an important part of being an Educator which is why we had Fire Fighter Aaron visit us to share with the children the dangers of fire and how to respond.  When Aaron visited the kinder room, the butterfly children were very excited to join and participate. The children learnt about equipment and become familiar with what Fire Fighters wear and what they do. The children were even asked to count to 10 to see if Aaron can put his Fire Fighter suit on in time- Phew, lucky he did!

They were all prepared to block their ears as they also learnt about smoke detectors, their purpose and the sound it makes if it sensed smoke.

There was plenty of excitement in the room when the children participating in the ‘crawl low under smoke’ as they all had a turn crawling under the ‘get down low’ orange parachute.                                         The children later participated in a colour, cut and match activity sheet and then proceeded outside to see Aarons white fire vehicle and to hear its siren go off.

This experience was a great way to show our young curious children the basic concepts of fire prevention and fire safety such as crawl when you see smoke, stop drop and roll and stay away from items that can cause fire.

Learning Outcomes:    

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.3  Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

 

5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

 

KBC: The World & The Environment, Let’s Pretend, My Five Sense



Watch the Kool Kidz Mill Park Book Week Video!

Watch the Kool Kidz Mill Park Book Week Video!

Recently our children within the Jitterbugs room celebrated book week by dressing up in their favourite costumers and sharing their favourite stories.  Everyone loves a good book right?

Check out their memories by watching the video below by clicking here.

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Kindergarten Fish Tank Reflection

Kindergarten Fish Tank Reflection

This week, the kinder children were busy setting up the new fish tank for our new fish friends in the kinder room!

During the setup, the children developed a range of maths and science skills as they were encouraged to place the yellow and blue small rocks into the fish tank and numerous buckets of water and were asked “How many buckets of water they thought we would need to fill up the tank?” They were excited to hear the sounds the small rocks made when it touched the bottom of the tank without water. We then decided to challenge the children and apply their thinking strategies by asking them to put more rocks in the tank whilst it had water. The children then had to investigate why the rocks made no sound when water was added to the tank. The children engaged in conversations amongst each other, their educators and our special visitor, Julian who kindly donated the fishes. This was a great opportunity to further develop the children’s vocabulary and cognitive skills through identification and discuss comparisons amongst the assorted fishes in the tank.

Having a fish tank in our kinder room will not only provide the children a great introduction on responsibility and ownership of a pet but is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about nature, science and living things. We hope to encourage and to teach the children to develop bonds with animals to help children build empathy. Sharing information and teaching our children to care for a small pet can also provide them with the opportunity to learn more about animals and to observe and interact. We also hope to see that the fish tank brings a tranquil and calming experience for the children in our room and provide a real-life example to learn about underwater ecosystems. The children are very excited to name our fish friends in the coming weeks!

Learning Outcomes:                                                                                                                                          

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world                                                                                                        2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners                                                                                                                           4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators                                                                                                                                      5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

KBC: The World & The Environment, My Five Senses

 

 



Thingle Toodle and Professor E. Spearmint Teach Road Safety at Kool Kidz Mill Park

Thingle Toodle and Professor E. Spearmint Teach Road Safety at Kool Kidz Mill Park

Recently the Kindergarten children were visited by 2 special visitors, Professor E. Spearmint and Tingle Toodle. Together with Professor E. Spearmint they shared with the children some key road safety education concepts such as holding hands with an adult before crossing the road, Stop! Look! Listen! Think! before crossing the road and the importance of using car seats or boosters correctly.

Professor E. Spearmint explained to the children that Thingle Toodle was coming to kinder to celebrate his 4th birthday, but he was having trouble remembering how to safely cross the road.

The children laughed and giggled as Professor E. Spearmint taught them how to cross the road by touching elbows and knees, before he remembered that it is always best to hold hands with an adult when crossing the road. The children joined in with great enthusiasm to sing the road safety song ‘Stop! Look! Listen! Think!’

When Professor E. Spearmint was on the phone to Thingle Toodle’s mum, he reminded her that you always need to wear a seat belt in your booster seat.
When Thingle Toodle arrived in the kinder room for his birthday surprise the children were very excited and then cheerfully sang ‘Happy Birthday”. They taught Thingle Toodle how to safely cross the road through the song that had learnt with Professor E. Spearmint.

After the experience, the children reflected on what they had learnt and shared their enjoyment. This is some of the exciting things they had to say:

Macey- “It was really fun. We must remember to hold hands when we cross the road.”
Mia- “It was a bit scary and funny.”
Charlotte- “It was funny and he has a big hand.”
Zahra- “It was funny.”
Anna- “I liked it.”
Levi- “I liked the bear. I want to see him again.”
Olivia- “He was funny when he bumped his head on the window.”
Maria- “I liked it when he was sitting on a cake.”
Jaxen- “Always hold hands when we cross the road.”
Christopher- “He was funny when he hit his head.”
Dhiliana- “Always remember to Look and Listen. I liked how we sang ‘Happy Birthday’.”
Marcus- “He has a big hand and he was funny. We must remember to wear our seatbelt.”
Alexia- “Always Stop, Look Listen and Think. I love how we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and he was really funny.”
Addison- “I liked it when he picked up the phone and he banged it on his head and said ‘Hello’. That was funny.”

Learning Outcomes
Outcome 2-Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2.1 Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

 

KBC: The World & the Environment

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Kool Kidz Mill Park Father’s Day Celebrations

Kool Kidz Mill Park Father's Day Celebrations

On Tuesday 29th August 2017, Kool Kidz Mill Park hosted the Kidz Morning session at Westfield Plenty Valley where the children made Father’s Day card and Father’s Day Picture Frames.

The children had a blast making master pieces for their father’s, grandfathers and special people in their lives.

Thank you to two of our amazing educators Stacie and Lara who hosted the session and to all of the amazing families in the area that visited us on the day.  We hope your children were proud of their hand made gifts and enjoyed Father’s Day on Sunday.

 

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Fun Composting in Our Kinder Room

Fun Composting in Our Kinder Room

As recycling is important at our service and in our community, so is composting which is why the kinder children participated in a hands on learning experience about composting. The children decided we use the left over banana peels and place them in our compost kit in our kinder room. The children engage well together as they first tore the banana peels apart and then placed the peels and soil in the compost kit. They enjoyed using their hands pushing and squishing the peels in the soil, whilst some children were curious and picked up the magnify glass to have a closer look. This experience focused on sustainability practices and raised awareness on how food does not get broken down in garbage bins as there is not enough oxygen in landfills. With the children getting involved in the composting process they not only learnt how to protect and care for the environment but also learnt that by composting we create quality fertilizer for our gardens.

This experience supported the children to be active learners as they participated and showed appreciation and care for our planet’s environment.

The children are excited to see the coming week’s progress, as they will watch it decompose slowly and then place the fertilizer in our outdoor garden beds.

Learning Outcomes:

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

KBC: The World & The Environment, My Five Sense

 



Cooking Cupcakes in Kool Kidz Mill Park Honeybees Room

Cooking Cupcakes in Kool Kidz Mill Park Honeybees Room

At Kool Kidz Mill Park, our children get the opportunity to explore many activities to help gain skill and knowledge. This is why this week we implemented a cooking experience with our toddlers in the Honeybees Room. This was a fun and interactive experience that helps to build and improve their language skills and further develop their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

The children helped make cupcakes to celebrate our Room Leader’s birthday. Our children took turns to pour the ingredients into the large mixing bowl and mixing all the ingredients together.

This was a wonderful experience to see the children so engaged in what they were doing. The best part was seeing the children’s enjoyment on their faces as they sang happy birthday and then ate what they had created.

SKILLS GAINED BY COOKING EXPERIENCES

CONNECTIONS – Working side-by-side, talking through a recipe, measuring, mixing, pouring; these are all opportunities to connect with the children. Busy hands often lead to stories of the day or pretend stories of the task at hand. Beyond connecting with one another, cooking can connect across these concepts, bundling disciplines together.  For example, a “failed” recipe: Did the dish burn? (Understanding time) Did the bread not rise? (Science in action) Were enough scoops of flour added? (Basic math) Was the recipe followed correctly? (Reading foundations) and so on.

COMMUNICATION – Cooking or preparing a meal together takes clear communication in order to succeed.  As you read through a recipe or instruct the children on the cooking steps you are both enhancing your communication skills; the children are learning how to communicate instructions based on your modelling and you are learning new ways to explain things so that your children understands. In fact, this give, take, and adaptation is an important life skill for us all to practice, as communication doesn’t end in childhood!­­

CONFIDENCE – Cooking simple, no-fail recipes with toddlers sets our little ones up for success. By creating something from scratch that they are then able to eat and enjoy builds the confidence to try new things, cooking or otherwise

UNDERSTANDING TIME – Time is a challenging concept for the children to grasp, but each time they experience you setting a timer and waiting for it to alert them when your food is done cooking helps to form an understanding of something very abstract