There is something about this silly season, even though it’s a mad rush to have everything ready, everything finished and complete, there is still a sense of joy and light heartedness. I’ve spent quite some time in the rooms over the last few days, and I have loved watching how each child’s eyes light up at the sight or mention of Christmas.
We welcomed Little Sports Heroes back to our service. They came in with an energetic presence and we couldn’t wait to see what they had planned for the Butterflies and Beetlebugs Room.
On this particular day, L.S.H (Little Sports Heroes), began a discussion with our Butterflies, about muscles and what muscles we use when doing certain sports activities / movements. They emphasised the importance of warming those muscles up before beginning any type of sport. So, with that, the children jumped up and got straight into some warm-up moves that LSH were demonstrating; (the next day, children who had participated in the incursion, were heard talking about warming their muscles up).
The session was all about coordination, soccer and above all HAVING FUN!
The children took part in a game- much similar to skittles, but instead of pins they had stacked buckets up and had the children kick the soccer ball to knock them over. Every effort was praised and celebrated but also, children were encouraged to follow rules that came with the game. What an amazing way to teach / introduce turn taking, adhering to game rules, fair play and self-worth.
Children were also given a chance to ’Bend it Like Beckham’ and try to shoot into the goals. It was really great to see the children take turns, encourage their peers and cheer them on. The Butterflies Room was sad to see them go but were reassured that they will be back next month.
LSH headed over to our Beetlebug’s yard, where they held a very different but still a very FUN session. Our coaches from LSH, emphasised on coordination through how to throw a ball over and underarm, aiming to get a ball into a bucket, kicking a ball, and self-confidence.
The feedback we gained from children’s expressions was a 5-star rating. Everyone partook in the incursion and loved getting involved. The two coaches did an awesome job building on the children’s confidence through praise and encouraging words.
We can’t wait till next month 😊
This week at Kool Kidz Ravenhall we are celebrating Science Week. While researching Science Week, we (educators), have come to learn that science is not just about making a fizzy, bubbling volcano but it is about the process /steps of completing the desired goal, i.e. building a bridge, a tower, hypothesising whether something will sink or float or simply mixing two colours and recording the end result.
Today our Beetlebug room has done some of their own hypothesising, WILL IT SINK OR FLOAT? The educators in Beetlebugs set up two tubs on the table with water. Immediately this invited inquisitive minds to come over and the educator began to explain the activity. What a wonderful way to promote a sense of being, the children had the choice of whether they wanted to participate in this experiment.
Children were asked to go around the room and choose a few items, upon their return they had the opportunity to see firsthand whether their items sunk to the bottom or stayed afloat on the surface.
Even though this was a “Science Experiment”, what we noticed was how well the children responded to being a part of a small group/community, they would watch on as their peers added their items to the tubs and some children asked if it was their turn, while others repeated “sink or float”, the educators acknowledged each child’s involvement and use of verbal / nonverbal interactions.
We are so proud of our Beetlebugs and how they engaged in the activity. Not only were they involved in a science activity but also exposed to working within a team, building on their sense of belonging, being and becoming.