This week we celebrated Book Week in the Kinder Room! We asked the children what their favourite books were and if they could explain the plot of the story. This helps the children to develop their memory and recall skills as well as share what they have learned with others.
Today a group of pre-kinder children from Kool Kidz Mill Park went on an excursion to Woolworths Plenty Valley to participate in their Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour.
The tour was really informative and engaging as they told the children (and educators) information and facts we didn’t know about their produce. We were given the opportunity to go into the bakery (wearing hairnets) and see how bread is made and then we also went out the back to have a good look at the produce store room, fridge and freezer! They also heard the bell ring indicating there was a truck that had arrived to bring some more items to the supermarket.
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.
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
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.
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