Easter celebrations at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Easter celebrations at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Easter celebrations at Kool Kidz Ravenhall kicked off last week with a visit from the Easter Bunny!

During the week we had been having conversations in our rooms about Easter and what it meant for each child and their family. We shared picture books at group time and created egg art, and learned that the thing the children were most excited for was the Easter eggs. From this we chose to build on their excitement by holding our own whole centre Egg Hunt! The children excitedly prepared by making and decorating their own baskets with the educators in their rooms.

 

On Thursday morning the children watched with wonder as the Easter bunny hopped around our garden hiding the Easter eggs for them to find. We were so happy to be joined by the families of the children for this special occasion. Together with their families the children collected eggs and put them in the baskets they had made during the week, and even got to meet the Easter Bunny!  It was lovely to see the children cooperating and sharing their found eggs with one another, sharing their excitement and wonder at their discoveries.

 

Our Easter egg hunt links to our Kool Beginnings Curriculum area ‘Let’s Pretend’ as it helps to foster young imaginations  This experience also links to EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners. During this whole process the children were developing dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, imagination, enthusiasm, commitment, creativity and persistence. We hope everyone had a safe and fun Easter long weekend, and look forward to hearing about your adventures from the long weekend!

 

 

 

 

 



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

 

 



Kool Kidz Ravenhall’s Jitterbugs Go on a Real Adventure.

Kool Kidz Ravenhall’s Jitterbugs Go on a Real Adventure.

Today was a very exciting day, today Kool Kidz Ravenhall celebrated another ‘first’.

When engaging in meaningful play in our outdoor environment, you can hear when the boom gates ring their siren and the toot of the train as it zooms past.
There is more than a handful of times, when the children will shout out or make reference to the train going past. The Educators have also seen and heard the children incorporate the train in their ‘pretend’ and ‘imaginative play’. One day, the Educators approached me on how they can follow up this interest, we brainstormed and decided that we would like to make the connection and transfer their knowledge from one context to another, “Let’s take them to see the trains go past…”
Risk Assessments, Permission Slips and Maps were planned out and on the 07/12/17, we set off on a (short) adventure.

The Educators were so excited on the morning of, that both educator and child shared their happiness and excitement with each other, what a nice way to build a sense of identity and a sense of wellbeing.

The children walked out with our Emergency rope (a great excuse to practise using the rope), and we walked alongside Kool Kidz Ravenhall, reminding children to ‘Watch where you step’. As we were making our way to a small hill, a Fire Truck drove past, the children all waved and they waved too, even flashing their lights and letting their siren ring for a few seconds… Every one cheered.
When the children reached the top of the small hill, the boom gate siren begun, “the train is coming” “the gates are down”, “where’s the train?”
After the first train, the boom gates stayed down… this only meant one thing, a SECOND TRAIN was on its way. Children were asked if they could hear the train coming and which side they thought it could come from, (this naturally sparked a debate), but it was a great way to get the children to hypothesise and make predictions. The expressions on their faces changed as they listened and watched for the train… When they heard the loud “TOOOOOOT”, they all gasped and pointed to the direction it was coming from. The children waved much more enthusiastically than the first time.
It was so heart warming to see the children so excited and we will definitely take another short adventure with our Jitterbugs.

KBC BLOCKS:
-Active Healthy Bodies
-The World and the Envionment
-Me, myself and I
-Kidz Lab

 



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