One morning a very excited Sarina burst through my door with two plastic bags filled with intriguing items. “Have you got a minute Tash? I am just so excited that I wanted to run this past you before I got stuck into to it”. With whatever she was about to show me I was going to ok it, there was no way I could turn down an overly excited and enthused educator, that wanted to implement something that excited her.
One afternoon, our Kinder Teacher began a discussion on electricity and water and why both needed to be saved to make our planet healthy again. This sparked quite an interest with most children, some even went home telling their parents to switch their TV off because they needed to save power.
As 2018 rolled in, so did our ideas for our Cooking Master Classes; to kick off a new year we thought of introducing Healthy Loaded Potatoes.
Our wonderful chef pre-baked all the potatoes in foil whist the little chefs prepped their ingredients. In this master class, children were introduced to the grater. Children had turns at grating carrot, cucumber and slicing tomato, capsicum and lettuce.
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.
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.
Don’t miss the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kindergarten Information Night featuring an opportunity to meet our Kinder Teacher Sheemal Narayan and Educational Leader Natasha Apap who will do a presentation on our enriching KBC curriculum and the Kool Kidz Ravenhall difference.
We’ll explain the Early Years Learning Framework, how it connects to our program and provide opportunities to ask questions in a special Q&A.
We’ll also give parents tours of our state of the art service and provide plenty of finger foods, drinks, coffee and tea for the occasion.
All families are welcome, the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kindergarten Information Evening will run from 6:00pm-7:30pm on Friday 1st of December at Kool Kidz Ravenhall 3 Nexus St, Ravenhall VIC 3023. Call us on (03) 9360 5409 to RSVP or for more information on the event, learn more about Approved Providers and Owners Abi and Shveta Sharma by watching the video below!
A few weeks ago, our Approved Provider Shveta and Educational Leader, sat down with their QIP. ‘How can WE promote healthy eating, healthy bodies and healthy minds to our children and in our service?’ This question floated around while both members brainstormed ideas. Then one day, an extremely bright light bulb appeared on the top of Shveta’s head. “Let’s host a cooking class every Friday morning”.
Yes! Not only would we host a cooking class, we could teach children about healthy foods, where they come from, how to use them, what they do for our bodies, but also encourage a sense of agency, teach self-help-skills, hygiene and safety whilst using kitchen utensils.
Oh, the excitement. So, for the next three weeks, Shveta, her Educational Leader and (now inviting their Chef) sat down and again brainstormed ideas…
We agreed that we needed to start small, introduce simple experiences and really highlight /embed hygiene and safety practices.
And that is how Fruit Kebabs were decided. Our chefs cut majority of the fruits, but we left the strawberries and bananas for children.
Shveta ran our first class, and it was all about safety when using knives and skewers; our educators promoted hygiene and conversations about the fruits we were using, and where they had come from.
Children engaged in this experience with great enthusiasm. They listened intently, this was evident through their actions when using their knife and threading their own fruit. But the best part out of this WHOLE experience, was the happiness, the self-confidence and the experience the children had when learning how to cut their own fruit safely and making their fruit kebabs.
Our first cooking experience was successful and we couldn’t have been prouder of the children.
So excited for the next class!
Try making a delicious fruit kebab at home:
Apple – Red and Green
-Wash all fruit
– Cut your fruit to a desired piece (ensuring it’s not too small as it will break when skewered).
-Choose your favourite fruits and start piercing
-Once complete, set down and admire.
-Finally pick it up and go for gold
- You could also freeze your Fruity Kebabs for those hot summer days
Kool Kidz Ravenhall held a special Diwali Fireworks Spectacular on Friday the 20th of October featuring The Naach Box Bollywood Dance Group performing, food and drink and a spectacular fireworks display to finish off the evening!
Watch it by clicking here or click below!
Watching our Kinder children exit the gates in their matching blue polos, really pulled on some heart strings. The Educational Leader followed them out, taking photos and almost shedding a tear. Before the children crossed the first road, one child looks up to his educator and says, “I’ll look both ways, if there’s no cars, we can walk on the road”. With that, she knew the children were going to have a great time and be in safe hands.
As they took to the streets of Ravenhall, the children amazed their educators by pointing out all the numbers on the letterboxes and engaging in conversations about their own houses. “This is number three”, “This is like my house”, “My house doesn’t have that”. They took note of the footpaths and how some surfaces had cracks and others were mended by “road” (the black tar they use on roads).
When the group of explorers reached their destination, they all scattered around and searched high and low for natural materials that can be used. They worked together, and helped each other. They proved to be quite a team.
Their eyes lit up when they were heard that they could have a play on the equipment. They all seemed to love the ‘Spinner’ and laughed hysterically when they hopped off and felt dizzy.
After some really hard work and playing, the children gathered under some big beautiful trees and sat upon some rocks taking in the breeze. They had a big drink of water and feasted on some crackers, dried fruit and fruit. They engaged in conversations about the environment they were in and the foods they were eating. Our Educators used this moment to point out how nutritional fruits are for your body and we should eat them every day, but crackers were good as a sometimes food, and don’t provide us with as much energy as fruits.
Once their levels were replenished the children cleared their rubbish and repacked for the walk home.
The walking excursion was such a big hit, it was not only a learning experience about natural materials, but the children were exposed to math, nutrition, road safety, conversational skills and team work (just to name a few).
KBC– Active Healthy Bodies, The World and the Environment, Numbers, Me Myself and I,
- Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
- Show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition
- Engage in learning relationships