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 »
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.
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
Who would have thought that from an interest in measuring, our Kinder children would take on drawing their own self-portraits?
On one particular day, a child constructed a pretty awesome tower, but what was even more awesome, was that he stood up and measured himself against it. Our Kinder teacher extended on his interest of math and measurement by tracing out the children on large butcher’s paper and placing wooden blocks around them. Not only did the children come together and help, but they all counted and compared the number of blocks it took to go around each of their peers. All of a sudden, our Kinder teacher had children engaged in an activity that promoted provocation.
As this experience evolved, so did the direction of it.
Children asked if they could draw on their faces and paste on their clothing, they even compared different hair types, colours and what they were wearing. What a great way to extend on self-identity, inquiry, verbal communication and fine motor skills.
Sheemal (our Kinder teacher) took this opportunity to extend on this learning by having the children draw their self-portraits using mirrors. The conversations that took place were engaging and children began to use much more descriptive language. Something else also evolved from this, self-pride. Once children saw their pictures displayed they were eager to show other educators and their families. What a beautiful quality to instil in these children and a wonderful way for children to revisit their learning.
What Sheemal began to observe was that the children were much more inquisitive about different people’s hair colour and eye colour. They would even compare different objects in the room. To continue this learning experience and broaden their knowledge, Sheemal had the Kinder children draw ½ self-portraits. Children were shown their photo with half of their face covered and offered different mediums to use on their portraits.
The results were so beautiful and interesting. Each child noticed that they are unique, special and beautiful. This activity also promoted their fine motor skills- steady hand, the correct hand grip, writing their names and colour matching.
We love seeing the Kinder children take so much pride in their work and how much they love showing their efforts.
On one not so sunny, dry Monday afternoon, the Kinder and Butterfly Educators wanted to do something special for their lunch with the children. “Who would like to eat in the AWESOME dining room?” Of course, all the children’s faces lit up and everyone was more than keen to dine out.
Word spread fast and in no time the Beetlebug Room phoned down to the dining room and asked if they could join since they had low numbers that day.
And so, it finally happened, our dining room was full smiling diners and happy chit-chat.
What was really special about this experience, was not that we were finally using our dining room, but the fact that we were able to build a sense of community within Kool Kidz Ravenhall. The younger children naturally gravitated to the older children and they even began to imitate their actions. Educators took this opportunity to discuss the responsibilities the older children had to be good role models. And just like that, the older children began to help their smaller peers.
The Educators found the children who didn’t eat much at offered meal times were more open to trying new foods and eating that little bit more, children took part in more conversations extending on their language and communication skills. The main talking points were about their surroundings (children did make a lot of reference to the large fish glass in dining room), meals and interests.
It was such a wonderful way to promote a sense of community, belonging, self-worth and build on skills that are required for reciprocal relationships.
KBC BLOCKS- Letters and Words, Active, Healthy Bodies and Me, Myself & I.
2.1 – Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
5.1 – Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes