To celebrate Reconciliation Week last week, we read some Dreamtime stories; one of them being “The Rainbow Serpent”.
National Reconciliation Week Painting
National Reconciliation week was initiated in 1996 to provide a special focus for nationwide activities. The week is a time to reflect on achievements so far and the things which must still be done to achieve reconciliation.
Today in the Beetlebugs room we had lunch in the dining room.
This is a follow up from an observation from Ellis and Ava who were imitating to have a tea party out in the yard one afternoon and were having cake.
In the Butterflies room we have been celebrating Chinese New Year.
Our Educators have introduced Chinese New Year to the children and have spoken with them about what it is all about and why it is very significant.
An activity which the children took part in was a fun finger print activity which involved paint and a beautiful tree for the children to decorate one by one.
The Chinese tree is a wishing tree and is very significant as it is part of a festival as well. The day is celebrated on the first day of the first month according to the Chinese calendar is also known as Lunar New Year.
We have enjoyed learning about this beautiful celebration.
KK- Art Expression
LO1- Children have a strong sense of identity.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Kinder Room!
Today we talked about our friends at Kinder and why we love spending time with them. The children are beginning to form some great friendships with their peers!
KBC- Me, Myself and I
VEYLDF- Wellbeing- children become strong in their social and emotional development
Sarah, Mary and Jo
On Monday 13th November, the kinder room received their Henny Penny Chicken Hatching Program, which comes with chicken eggs in an incubator for the children to watch hatch.
Throughout the week, the Caterpillar children have gone to visit the chicks in the kinder room. We walked up the stairs in small groups and got to see the eggs in their incubator and the already hatched chicks in their cage. We watched the chicks running around in the cage and discussed their colours (black and yellow) and how many there were (counting).
On Monday 20th November, Anna brought two chicks down to the Caterpillar room for the children to see. The children took turns patting the chicks gently. We spoke about what the chicks eat, their colour, their wings and how they felt. We then sat in a circle and let the chicks walk around. The children showed great interest in seeing the chicks as they watched and listened to their educators. Everyone was very gentle and enjoyed feeling their soft feathers.
Throughout that week, Anna and Samantha, have been bringing one or two chicks down to the Caterpillar room daily for the children to interact with. We continued to discuss their colours and how the chicks felt. As the children got more comfortable around the chicks, we took turns holding the chicks and having them in our laps. It was fantastic to see the children show such great interest and curiosity in the chicks, be very gentle with them, and gain enough confidence in order to be comfortable enough to hold and have the chicks in their lap. Well done Caterpillars!
KBC: My World and the Environment
Outcome: 2 Community
Many children came dressed up today for our Halloween activities, this shows that they have an understanding of what the community expectations are for this celebration and the “treats” that will follow. When asked what it means the children replied “Candy”, “You knock on the door and say trick or treat”, “Bats” and “Pumpkins”.
In the morning we began by making pumpkin heads by painting paper plates and then adding a face. Later in the afternoon the children made their own ghost banana. The children enjoyed this hands on experience, eagerly gathering around the table to dip their own banana in vanilla yoghurt and then adding sultanas for eyes. This activity gave the children the chance to make their own tasty treat for Halloween using healthy alternatives.
KBC: Me, myself and I
Community- Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
Well-being- Children take an increasing responsibility for their own health and well-being
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.
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