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!

 

 

 

 

 



Little Dancers at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Little Dancers at Kool Kidz Ravenhall

Kool Kidz have their very own special curriculum; a curriculum that has been specially designed just for Kool Kidz services and they are the 11 Blocks. The 11 blocks assist families to see what learning areas are being encouraged and planned but also ensures that educators are carefully implementing areas of interest that instil learning.

ACTIVE HEALTHY BODIES

Kool Kidz Ravenhall are making 2018 a year of promoting healthy foods and the importance of being active. At the end of last year, we introduced cooking master classes to our three to five-year-old group. It was/is such a success; not only is it paving a pathway to healthy eating, but it also gave opportunities to learn about risk assessment, life skills and a great way to exercise our social skills.

To continue this journey, we did a little research within our educators and found that Natalie, our wonderful educator from Beetlebugs, does dancing. So, we proposed an idea and she jumped on this opportunity.

We researched the benefits, and we were quite excited to see what they were:

  • Boosts Self Esteem – dancing makes you feel good, and when you feel good you release the ‘feel good’ hormone of Serotonin. It also promotes children to express themselves through creative movements.
  • Improves Memory – During a dance class, children will need to remember steps and sequences. It also builds new neuro connections in the brain, that aid with long term memory and spatial awareness.
  • Children improve their skill to listen – Not only will they be encouraged to listen to instructions, but also learn to listen to different beats of music.
  • Positive Social Skills – In a non-competitive environment, children will learn to praise one another and build positive relationships.
  • Expression of Oneself – Dancing can also provide another outlet for children to express themselves

Natalie sat down and planned out her lessons for the next four weeks. Our first lesson was all about learning the importance of stretching and warming up, and then a few basic moves were introduced. Children were engaged,  and excited by the idea and process. Natalie was so impressed with everyone’s choice to be involved and she could tell by their enthusiasm and engagement that this will definitely be an ongoing program.

KBC:

Active Healthy Bodies

Me, myself and I

Art Expression

Letters & Words.

Rhythm and Melodies.

EYLF:

  • Are happy, healthy, safe and connected to others
  • Engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns

 

 

 



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

 

 

 

 

 

 



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 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

 

 



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