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.
On Friday, as the weather was miserable and we’d been stuck inside for long periods of time, our Sustainability Leader came up with an idea… BING!
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 😊
Our Butterflies room have shown a great interest in letters and writing since the beginning of Kool Kidz Ravenhall. One of our very first articles was all about the children engaging in book writing and writing their names; this interest continues and the growth between then and now is clearly visible. Therefore, a learning area for Letters and Words (referring to our eleven blocks), is always evident in the Butterflies / Kinder program.
Last week, our Kinder Teacher created name cards for each child, on the inside of the little patty pans, Sheemal printed single letters (a lot of times). Children were then encouraged to find and match the letters to their names, and stick them on a piece of recycled card from a box. Two of the children were set a challenge to not use their name cards and try and recall what letters appeared in their name, challenge accepted- challenged conquered.
The Educators encouraged the use of the correct names of the letters and also offered a lot of praise for all their attempts. Children were so proud of their efforts when completed and a lot of them couldn’t wait to show their families.
So not only was this activity great for exercising their ability to match symbols but also a great way to encourage letter recognition, build on their ability to concentrate, embed their sense of identity and self-worth.
|Kool Beginnings Curriculum|
|Letters and Words|
|Me, Myself and I|
|Early Years Learning Framework|
|Seek out and accept new challenges, make new discoveries, and celebrate their own efforts and achievements and those of others|
|Begin to understand key literacy concepts and processes, such as the sounds of language, letter-sound relationships, concepts of print and the ways that texts are structured|
What a wonderful start we have had at Kool Kidz Ravenhall. We are so happy and proud with how settled the children are in our environment. It is really beautiful to walk down the once quiet corridors to now hearing laughter, singing and conversations.
Our highlight of the week is our 3-5 year old Butterflies room. This experience originated when our Kinder teacher read a story with a child. The child expressed their love for “reading” at home, that our Kinder teacher had a lightbulb moment and offered an opportunity for the child to be an author herself.
The next time the child was in, she reminded our Kinder teacher about “writing” and illustrating her own book. What was an experience for one child, developed into a small group activity. Other children joined in and based their books on their interests. One child illustrated a book all about Spiderman and another about flowers. A lot of the children asked if they could write in their books and so our Kinder teacher wrote script that the children could copy. What a wonderful way not only to extend on literacy, writing, fine motor and coordination skills, but also an opportunity for children to feel a sense of self-worth, achievement, belonging and building trust with their teacher.
We cannot wait to see where this leads them over the next few days or even weeks.
Outcome 1.3 Children develop knowledgeable and confident self -identities
- Feel recognised and respected for who they are
- use their home language to construct meaning
Outcome 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
- follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration
- initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas
Outcome 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
- use language and representations from play, music and art to share and project meaning
- actively use, engage with and share the enjoyment of language and texts in a range of ways
KBC Blocks: Letters & Words, Me, Myself & I and Art Expression.