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

 

 

 

 

 



Kool Kidz Ravenhall Jitterbugs have another exciting adventure!

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Jitterbugs have another exciting adventure!

It was a bright, sunny morning and our Educators from the Jitterbugs room were excited. Today, they were revisiting their bear hunt. The children had such a great time the last time trekking through the service, that this time the Educators were modifying it slightly and taking it outdoors.

The children were all part of the set up, and the Educators even asked our Honeybees and Butterflies to be involved. The children from the Butterflies helped to set up a tub full of wet sand and (their choice) tanbark, they also offered some trees for the experience that they had made. This time, our Honeybees had the hiding bear, and children needed to trek through their (Jitterbugs)  yard (obstacles), through Butterflies yard and then into the Honeybees. It was a GREAT adventure.

By far the biggest highlight was the muddy puddle, the children had the opportunity to stomp through it with their bare feet; the need to find the hiding bear became less and less, as they sploshed their feet through the water and explored using their senses.

The children did eventually venture off to find the bear but quickly returned to the GREAT and SPECTACULAR muddy puddle.

It was a great experience that exhibited and taught many great skills; team work between educators, team work between children and team work between children and educators. We can also identify new interests and FUN!

So happy our little friends discovered something new and fun on this Adventure.