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. Read more »



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! 

 

 



Watch the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Halloween Video!

Watch the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Halloween Video!

It’s safe to say Kool Kidz Ravenhall had an amazing Halloween celebration for their first year of operation! Click here or below to watch the highlights in a special Halloween video!

 

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Kool Kidz Ravenhall Celebrates Children’s Week

Kool Kidz Ravenhall Celebrates Children’s Week

At Kool Kidz Ravenhall we wanted to celebrate Children’s Week and use the learning interest areas that were already present within each room. Our first planned activity, was to have two canvas’ set up and invite / encourage, children to come over and express themselves creatively and explore with natural made paintbrushes. The children from the Beetlebugs Room joined in with the Butterflies Room, and children came and left the activity as they pleased. Children were so thrilled with the paintbrushes and the effects each one had on the canvas; there was a lot of colour mixing and conversations around the patterns.
It was also beautiful to observe the older children guide the younger children – these qualities were celebrated with each individual, (the smile on their faces definitely told us that they were happy to receive the praise).

Once the canvas’ were dry, they were handed over to Honeybees so that they too could add to our group masterpiece. Our Educator in the Honeybees relayed that the children love painting, “The children love making discoveries, and paint seems to be one of those things that always intrigues them, especially when it ends up on their hands”.

Educators from the Honeybees and Beetlebugs, brought in items from home that represented their culture. The children in the Honeybees were very much engaged in the different fabrics of the clothing items. They loved exploring using their senses – sight and touch and also those willing, tried on some traditional Indian clothing.

Children from the Beetlebugs Room had the opportunity to discover and explore items that were brought in from another Educator’s home. Children absolutely adored the turbans and the shoes that had bells on them. These items were left on a table outside and children engaged these items into their imaginative and explorative play.

Across the whole centre we finally received our special world music and it was a great opportunity to introduce them. We also snuck in some of the music that was featured at our Diwali Festival, and our hearts skipped a beat when majority of the children remembered the moves, and asked for it “again” and “again”.

 

KBC BLOCKS: 

  • Rhythm and Melodies
  • The World and the Environment
  • Me, Myself and I
  • Kidz Lab
  • My Five Senses

EYLF:

  • Confidently explore and engage with social and physical environments through relationships and play
  • Practise inclusive ways of achieving coexistence
  • Engage in learning relationships




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

 



Our Kindergartens first walking excursion

Our Kindergartens first walking excursion

Our Kindergartens first walking excursion.

 

Children’s Week is around the corner and this year’s theme is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 29 – Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and other cultures.

( http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx )

 

A small group of team members came together and brainstormed ways we could come together as a community, and do three activities across the week that would intertwine  not only with the theme of Children’s Week, but also with what was happening in the rooms and the service.  One of the three, was a group canvas painting- something that everyone could add in any way that they liked, BUT, we wanted to create paintbrushes with natural materials  – it will be a great way to introduce and teach children (especially our Kinder and Butterfly rooms who have been painting still life and self portraits), about how different cultures and communities create their art.

Then like a lightbulb – we had the idea of the Kinder children taking a walk to our local park and collecting the materials for the paintbrushes themselves. Oh the buzz that filled that planning room was enough to launch a rocket into space. So in three days, we assessed, planned, mapped out and gained permission to take our VERY FIRST excursion.

The day finally came, and the children were taught important lessons about walking in the great outdoors. Slip, Slop and Slap, bags were packed and our four Kinder children set out on a journey…

To be continued…



Talented little architects at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Talented little architects at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Here at Kool Kidz Ravenhall, we have some really talented architects and engineers. It became evident one afternoon when the Kinder children visited their room for some structured play.

The children were engaged in lego/ construction play when the common theme became houses. Each child from their own designs, created their own house and they all were super excited to show their creations to Sheemal. Sheemal saw this as a great opportunity for the children to build on their verbal, language, social and wellbeing skills; instead of just sharing their house with Sheemal, she encouraged the children to share their building within the group.

Sheemal observed the children’s confidence excel as each child made new discoveries and celebrated the achievements of themselves and others.

It was also quite interesting to hear and see how the children transferred and adapted what they have seen before and used that knowledge in their construction.

From a simple house building activity, so much learning and skill building took place.

 

KBC BLOCKS: Me, myself and I, Build It and Letters and Words.

 

EYLF –

1.2 Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency

3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

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

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Our little Artists in the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kindergarten Room

Our little Artists in the Kool Kidz Ravenhall Kindergarten Room

Over the last few weeks our friends in the Kinder room have been on a journey exploring and learning through self-perception. They have gone from tracing their bodies, self-portraits, half-face portraits and now still life painting of a plant.

The goal here was to give the children an opportunity to observe a certain object and copy the main elements of it on paper. Children were asked to focus on details and colour coordinate their artwork according to what they see.

The plant merely acted as an inspirational tool, children were given the same colours but their different painting techniques and perceptions created their own unique masterpiece.

The end results speak for themselves, we are so truly taken back by the children’s art. Well done, we can’t wait to see where this takes their journey now.

KBC Blocks:

Me, Myself & I, My 5 Senses, Art Expression.

Learning Outcomes:

4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

5.2 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media