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.
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
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.
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…
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
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.
Me, Myself & I, My 5 Senses, Art Expression.
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
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
All Kool Kidz Ravenhall Families are invited to Fathers and Special Persons Day on Friday, September 1st!
Inviting all Dads and Grandfathers, Mums and Grandmothers to our “Toolbox Meeting” (a.k.a Fathers Day / Special person day) afternoon tea.
Kool Kidz Ravenhall have a special afternoon planned, there will be yummy BBQ, a special group project to take part in, fun and games.
Everyone is super excited for our first event since being open and we hope to see you all there.
When: 01/09/17 (Friday)
Where: Kool Kidz Ravenhall
Time: 4:00 pm
Please R.S.V.P by the 28.08.17 by calling us on (03) 9360 5409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org