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 Honeybees Busy in their Garden

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Honeybees Busy in their Garden

We love seeing our Honeybees so settled in their environment, for educators it is the most rewarding gift; to know that you provided a nurturing environment that aided the children to feel happy, safe and secure.

Our Honeybees love being outdoors, they love exploring through their senses, and lately we have been noticing a lot more imitation play and small group play- where the children will engage in an activity alongside one another, and begin to understand that everyone has the right to be involved.

The educators have also been observing the children learning through cause and effect, it could be the rolling of a ball down a slide, or hitting the musical poles outside to discover that they make a sound.

Our Honeybees are becoming quite dependent outdoors and rarely look for their educators now. It is so wonderful to see our Honeybees growing and learni

ng every day.



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

 

 

 

 

 



Kool Kidz Ravenhall Honeybees Growing Everyday!

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Honeybees Growing Everyday!

I can not begin to describe the moment, when I received a Weekly Reflection to edit from our Honeybees, and I saw the photos of the children sitting at the table… feeding themselves… and some drinking from a cup… Oh my goodness!

The growth from the beginning to now is evident in everyday routines, and this example is one of them. To some, this may seem as a very minute moment but to me, not word of a lie, I did a happy dance. The educators in the Honeybees have instilled an environment that is nurturing and supporting, they have offered the children their love and trust and this is how I believe children grow, strengthen and develop their sense of belonging, being and becoming.

The children in the Honeybees sit confidently at the meals table, some attempting to eat with their spoons and others find it much quicker to just hold the spoon and eat with their hands 😊. The Educators have seen this transition as a brilliant opportunity to begin embedding practices that will prepare them for the next rooms in the future. So, with the consent of parents, some of our older children, will be offered a bed to sleep on rather than a cot. Again, I believe it’s a nice way to instil trust in the children to do things when they are ready.

 

A big thank you to all our Educators in the Honeybees Room, Megan and Kavitha, who are doing an astounding job.



Special Paramedics and Ambulance Visit at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Special Paramedics and Ambulance Visit at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Kool Kidz Ravenhall was so excited to learn that one of their parents from Honeybees is a paramedic. Of course, we had to invite her in and ask her to talk to our children about her role in the community and what to do in case of an emergency. Linda also offered to bring an ambulance down for the children to explore. Yes Please!

The day finally came.

Upon her entering the room, the children were all drawn to her as she sat down with a very special bag.  She explained to the children about her role, she explained that she goes to people’s homes and help them if they’re sick or hurt. This automatically opened conversations between the children and their experiences. One child communicated that they called an ambulance because her brother ate nuts. The children were very much engaged and involved, what a great way to introduce community services and our emergency number of ‘000’ to the children.

Both rooms were taken out to explore the Ambulance vehicle, some loved sitting inside and listening to what things were used for, others took the driver’s seat and some children were super excited over the flashing blue and red lights.

It was a wonderful learning and life experience, this has opened so many doors for new learning; the Butterflies Room have already created a mind map with the children, to gain insight about what the children remember and what they can relate to.

 

Kool Beginnings Curriculum
Me, myself and I
Letters and Words
Early Years Learning Framework
Broaden their understanding of the world
in which they live
Experience the benefits and pleasures of shared learning exploration

 



Behind the Finger Painting Masterpieces at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Behind the Finger Painting Masterpieces at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Science Week in our Honeybees room was kept to a simple, yet effective activity of cause and effect. The educators of the room filled four glad bags with four different coloured paints, and stuck them securely on the table. The children enjoyed them so much that the educators thought they would extend this interest and experience by introducing actual finger painting.

In the beginning the children were quite hesitant, looking at the paint in wonder and looking at their educator for reassurance. With loads of praise, positive encouragement and loving smiles the children dove in.

They moved their hands through the paint and wonder spread across their face as they looked down at their hands. Open and close, open and close, the paint felt smooth and cool as they squished it between their fingers and palms.

It was a whole 5 senses experience – the feeling, the sound of the squishiness, the bright colours and even the TASTE, yes it was definitely an all-rounder.

To preserve this experience so children could revisit and share with their families, the educators pressed down on the paint using paper to capture their expressive / explorative art.

KBC Blocks: Me, Myself & I, My 5 senses, Kidz Lab and Art Expression.

Learning Outcomes:

1.1.7 – Children respond to ideas and suggestions from others

3.1.4 – Children seek out and accept new challenges, make new discoveries, and celebrate their own efforts.

4.1.6 – participate in a variety of rich and meaningful inquiry-based experiences