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
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