Christmas Fun at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Christmas Fun at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

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.
Each room introduced an activity that represented the children’s interest and Christmas:

Honeybees, have been exploring finger painting and sensory activities, so the educators encouraged children to create their Christmas baubles. Over the past few months we have seen children engage in many sensory activities – one being painting. We have also seen a development in the way children react to the paint on the hands; they completely embrace it now exploring the texture and markings they make with it.

Beetlebugs have also been doing a lot of sensory activities, (Nat and Kamal are part of our Green Team), and to continue with their encouragement of being sustainable, Nat and Kamal collected jars and children had the opportunity to create tea light candle holders. All in all, the educators reported back that it was more of a cause and effect and new sensory experience for the children as they had never painted on glass before.

Jitterbugs loved, loved, loved walking down our hallway (sometimes more than twice a day), to say hello to the Snowman, Star and Christmas Tree. After a few visits, the educators wanted to create a display and were cutting out trees, a child saw this and wanted one for their own, from this, more and more children joined in and our Jitterbugs made their own Christmas trees and wreaths.

Children were also given the option of creating their own Christmas cards, they decorated them with various materials and a photo of them doing so, was placed inside with a sweet message.

Butterflies and Kinder children have been busy, busy, busy. Educators have been decorating their rooms with dream catchers, wall hangings and other beautiful items. Children were quite intrigued by them, and so the educators collected natural materials, and other various items and children were given an opportunity to create their own.

Kinder also had their graduation; children came in and enjoyed a quiet evening celebrating each individual’s achievements and their journey over the past few months. They were awarded their certificates and received a small gift from Sheemal and Tobina. They also enjoyed a yummy homemade cake and took some great photos.

And finally this week, our Kinder teacher Sheemal set up her famous perception painting activity. But this time the children were introduced to Vincent Van Gogh, his history and his famous painting of the ‘Starry Night’.

Here’s a fun fact: After cutting his ear off, he was admitted to an institution. And the ‘Starry Night’ painting was inspired by the view he had outside his window of his room whilst in hospital.

  • Children were given a much softer version of this, and Sheemal told me that the children all sympathised with Vincent Van Gogh’s story and they had a lot of questions.

Children interpreted the famous painting by creating their own. I was honestly amazed. From there the educators loved watching as the children spoke about re-creating the shapes, patterns and lines in the masterpiece, that they came up with another idea. They tore crepe paper up, and had children re-create their version again but with the paper. Educators noticed how much they were focused on the patterns Van Gogh had used and they too attempted to replicate these.

 

Everyone at Kool Kidz Ravenhall is thrilled with the progress that the children are making and we can not wait to see what the New Year will bring.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all and we hope you have a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year.

 



Kool Kidz Ravenhall Get Creative

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Get Creative

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!

Each room was given an empty box from our delivery of laundry supplies, the aim of the competition was to be as creative as possible, and have something to showcase by the end of the day.

When our Sustainability Leader approached me with this concept, I did not expect the quality that was delivered.

At the end of the day, the AP (Shveta) and I, walked into the rooms to see their creations…

Honeybees: Due to the children’s interest of cause and effect, the educators created a ball ramp. They cut several circular shapes on the top, and added a ramp for the balls to run down after being popped through the holes.

Beetlebugs: The children in Beetlebugs are quite engrossed in pretend/imaginative play at the moment, and so our educators created a boat.

Jitterbugs: It is quite evident that our Jitterbugs have loved going on Bear Hunts, so the educators decided on a Bear Cave that the children can also engage in imaginative and pretend play.

Butterflies / Kinder: The children have been quite creative using icy pole sticks and making their own creations. Therefore, the educators, along with the children made a house out of their box as well incorporating icy pole sticks.

The decision was EXTREMELY hard!

But after much consideration and thought, we awarded Jitterbugs. All rooms agreed that it was fun and we are planning to do a challenge every month. It’s a great way to role model the use of recycled materials and ‘thinking out of the box”. Next month we are looking at Bottles…

KBC BLOCKS

  • Kidz Lab
  • Let’s Pretend
  • The World and the Environment

EYLF

2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

4.3 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

 

 

 

 

 



A Morning with Little Sports Heroes

A Morning with Little Sports Heroes

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 😊

 



All Aboard the Letter Train

All Aboard the Letter Train

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



Our little Authors and Illustrators at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Our little Authors and Illustrators at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.