Today we had lots of fun exploring the natural environment.
Today we celebrated World Health Day in the Beetle Bugs room. It was an opportunity to remind children of the importance of a healthy lifestyle; a day to recognise how to stay healthy and take care of ourselves.
The children all took turns in placing some healthy fruits into a blender, including rasberries and bananas. They then poured the milk in and watched all the ingredients mix together. We also discussed what kinds of fruit we like to eat at Kool Kidz Preston.
Cooking experiences teach children how food is prepared and cooked and how it contributes to their health and wellbeing. Children enjoy cooking experiences as it is one of the few activities which allow them to do exactly the same thing as an adult.
This experience enabled the group to work together to see a task through to completion and take pride in a group task. It also encouraged them to work co-operatively (sharing and taking turns) and learn about nutrition (preparing a healthy snack).
It didn’t taste too bad either!!
KBC: Active Healthy Bodies
LO 3.2: Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
The children at Kool Kidz Preston went on an adventure with the help of the Myuna Farm Animal Nursery. They had the opportunity to interact with friendly farm animals like: chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, turtle, farm dog, rooster, geese and lambs. The children were able to look at the animals from a distance and for the more confident ones feed and cuddle them. We also had some parents and grandparents come and join in the fun.
Supporting children in their growing awareness and interest in animals can lead to deeper feelings of empathy in young children, more positive classroom relationships, and social-emotional development. As children have experiences with animals, they learn about differences and similarities, needs (such as for food, shelter, water and space), and compassion and empathy can grow and deepen.
How can you support children’s love for animals?
- Set up a bird feeding area outside your back yard or in another location where the children will be able to view the birds. (Note, many seed mixes contain peanuts, a common allergen.)
- Venture outside often! Even a trail of ants on a sidewalk can be exciting and special. If you do come across wildlife, allow the children to observe and share their discoveries. Encourage their questions and conversations.
- Encourage (but don’t force) quiet observation. Most of the animals you’ll likely encounter (insects, birds) are accustomed to humans, so often they won’t be too afraid of noisy, excited children. If children’s outbursts do frighten the animals away, just use that as an opportunity to make a scientific observation about the effects of noise on animals. As you know, it’s awfully hard for young children to stay silent when they are excited and surprised!
- Look and listen for evidence of animals every time you are outdoors. You may see tracks, nests, or other signs of animals. You may hear birds chattering in the cold winter morning. Allow the children to point out their observations and the “clues” that wildlife is everywhere.
Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March.
Since the traditional owners first inhabited the land, Victoria’s cultural diversity has continued to evolve and shape our identity.
At Kool Kidz Preston, educators and families come from many different cultural backgrounds. It is only by understanding our similarities that we discover the humanity we share, and the story of inclusion begins to unfold.
The children explored lots of different aspects of multiculturalism this week through music, dance, traditional dress, art/craft activities and books.
On this journey, they learned that people we think are not ‘like us’ – are actually just people, like us
Outcome 2.2 Children respond to diversity with respect
This is evident when:
– Children explore and celebrate diverse cultures, understandings and new opportunities to learn about alternative ways of living.
– Children recognize and celebrate the similarities and differences between themselves and others
KBC: My World and the Environment