Kool Kidz Ravenhall Celebrates The Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Celebrates The Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year

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.

“On the 16th of Feb, we celebrate Lunar New Year”… and that is how her idea begun. Sarina was excited to bring in her cultural celebrations into the service and share it with all the rooms, the two plastic bags, they were filled with beautiful and different decorative items, all red and gold. Sarina was so kind to share these with all our rooms and offer some information to our educators about the Luna New Year. Sarina also had a friend who participated in a parade and had access to a dragon costume. She brought this in too and was able to teach and talk about the costume and what it is used for. When the Dragon made it’s debut, children and educators showed the same excitement. Educators encouraged children to make loud music using instruments so that the dragon could dance, (you can catch a small video on our facebook page).

Seeing as we just had celebrated Australia Day, this was a nice way to transition into another cultural celebration. Each room (according to their children’s interests and developmental stage) are celebrating differently. The Honeybees are all about sensory experiences and exploring colours and cause and effect – so they are looking at creating lanterns that the children can decorate using paint and their hands, (only willing participants of course). Jitterbugs want to make their own money bags and wall hangings and Butterflies and Kinder are learning about the history of Chinese New Year in story form. Both rooms will also offer creative art experiences that will reflect what they are learning.

Thank you to our wonderful educators who bring passion and excitement to Kool Kidz Ravenhall.

 

KBC: Me, myself and I – The World and the Environment

EYLF:

Outcome 2:    –     broaden their understanding of the world in which they live

  • explore the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition and that diversity presents opportunities for choices and new understandings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Butterflies and Kinder Explore the World of S.T.E.M Through Gardening.

Butterflies and Kinder Explore the World of S.T.E.M Through Gardening.

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 days went on, the children alongside with their educators brainstormed ideas on how they could save water. A bucket was chosen and the children now pour all unused water in it, and save it for watering the plants around the service.

When Natasha (Educational Leader) and Educators from Butterflies and Kinder talked about introducing STEM, the educators wanted to use an interest area to spark inquiry making and hypothesising. This lead them to doing some gardening and discussions on how plants actually grow and what they need to grow.

The children are always eager to check their own little herb pot (made from water bottles) and see what stage of growth they are up to. Some children’s herbs have not sprouted yet, when posed the question to why, everyone had different theories.

I’m quiet keen to see where this goes and what it leads into. (Shaping the future

 

KBC

  • Kidz Lab
  • The world and the environment

EYLF

Outcome 4: Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

 

 

 

 

 

 



How to Make Easy and Healthy Loaded Potatoes!

How to Make Easy and Healthy Loaded Potatoes!

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.

It was wonderful to see the children who had participated during last years experiences, remember the safety rules that went with using knives.

During the experience, educators had conversations about the vegetables and fruits we were using, for instance, where does a potato grow? Where does a tomato grow?
It was quite interesting, as majority of the children knew that some grew in the ground and others in trees, one child even said a strawberries grow on a bush.

Another interesting observation was made, most children ate all the healthy toppings and left the potato, which definitely surprised me; I had presumed that children would eat the potato and leave the toppings. Was it because they helped prepare the toppings?

Back in the room, we had conversations about grocery stores, farms and speciality stores such as seafood shops and butchers. Children made reference to when they visit these stores and what they usually buy. Our Kinder Teacher (with the help) of the children, created a recipe scrap book. It’s magnificently large and looks great as steps are shown in pictures.

 

Healthy Loaded Potatoes Recipe 

 

Ingredients

1-2 potatoes per person***

Foil

Carrots

Cucumber

Tasty Cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Capsicums (red and green)

Lettuce***

Kidney Beans*** – tin

Corn Kernels – tin

 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 (fan forced)

Wash and dry your potatoes

Wrap each potato* individually in foil and place on tray and bake for

In the meantime, grate your carrot, cucumber and tasty cheese into individual bowls.

Slice your cherry tomatoes in quarters

Thinly slice your capsicums

Shred your lettuce*

Open and drain kidney beans* and corn and place in two separate bowls.

Once potatoes are cooked right through, with a sharp knife cut an oval shape out of the potato (long ways) and scoop potato out with spoon. (We will use this as a lid once we are done loading up).

Add your toppings and BON APPETITE

***The amount of potatoes would depend on the amount of people you were catering for.

***You could use sweet potato too

***Spinach leaves would be a great nutritional alternative

***You could also use baked beans

KBC:
– Active Healthy Bodies
– Me, myself and I
– The world and the environment

EYLF:
Wellbeing: show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition

Community: broaden their understanding of the world in which they live

Learning: Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
Experience the benefits and pleasures of shared learning exploration

 

 



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 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.



Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kinder Information Night, Friday December 1st!

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kinder Information Night, Friday December 1st!

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! 

 

 



Learn how to make a delicious and healthy fruit kebab for summer!

Learn how to make a delicious and healthy fruit kebab for summer!

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:

Ingredients

Banana

Strawberries

Apple – Red and Green

Pineapple

Blueberries

Cantaloupe

 

Method

-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

 

 




Our Kindergartens first walking excursion. – Part 2

Our Kindergartens first walking excursion. – Part 2

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,

Learning Outcomes:

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
  • Show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition
  • Engage in learning relationships