On one not so sunny, dry Monday afternoon, the Kinder and Butterfly Educators wanted to do something special for their lunch with the children. “Who would like to eat in the AWESOME dining room?” Of course, all the children’s faces lit up and everyone was more than keen to dine out.
Word spread fast and in no time the Beetlebug Room phoned down to the dining room and asked if they could join since they had low numbers that day.
And so, it finally happened, our dining room was full smiling diners and happy chit-chat.
What was really special about this experience, was not that we were finally using our dining room, but the fact that we were able to build a sense of community within Kool Kidz Ravenhall. The younger children naturally gravitated to the older children and they even began to imitate their actions. Educators took this opportunity to discuss the responsibilities the older children had to be good role models. And just like that, the older children began to help their smaller peers.
The Educators found the children who didn’t eat much at offered meal times were more open to trying new foods and eating that little bit more, children took part in more conversations extending on their language and communication skills. The main talking points were about their surroundings (children did make a lot of reference to the large fish glass in dining room), meals and interests.
It was such a wonderful way to promote a sense of community, belonging, self-worth and build on skills that are required for reciprocal relationships.
KBC BLOCKS- Letters and Words, Active, Healthy Bodies and Me, Myself & I.
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
5.1 – Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes