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!
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
At Kool Kidz Mill Park, our Kindergarten room love cooking which is why we implement a cooking experience each week.
Not only does cooking experiences with preschoolers enable them to learn and practice some basic math concepts, but also help build and improve their language skills and further develop their fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.
To encourage healthy food choices, our cooking experience this week with the children involved them making Kale Chips in our dining room – and YES we do have a dining room!
They were able to identify and become aware of fairness and make connections with healthy eating habits as the children engaged in having turns at tearing, mixing and tasting. The children communicated with one another as they asked questions, made predictions and were provided with opportunities to explore their senses This cooking experience was fun and interactive and a great way for building confidence and learning a new life skill.
How to Make Kale Chips
• 1 bunch Kale
• 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
• ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
1. Preheat oven to 110 C.
2. Rinse and thoroughly dry kale, then tear into small pieces and discard any large stems.
3. Add Kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with oil and parmesan cheese. Toss thoroughly to combine, using hands to distribute the oil and parmesan cheese evenly.
4. Spread the kale over a large baking tray, ensuring the kale touches as little as possible to help them crisp while baking.
5. Bake for 15 minutes and lightly toss kale to ensure even baking. Bake the Kale for a further 5-10 minutes, or until kale is crispy and very slight golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. The kale chips will crisp up even more once out of the oven.
7. Enjoy and eat immediately!
Note: This recipe is versatile and can be modified to include whatever flavours or seasonings you desire.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing- Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners- Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators- Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
KBC: My Five Senses, Numbers, Active Healthy Bodies
We’re excited for our Open Night this coming Tuesday the 22nd of November! Parents will be able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and a chance to tour our spectacular service.
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