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 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.
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!
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.
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|
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.
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