Allearn Eduaction has partnered up with Mothers Love Family Day Care to hold a special Christmas party on last Friday to celebrated the festive spirit with families around the South East Melbourne Chinese Community, at Victoria Street Adventure Playground.
Through a series of fun outdoor activities and a hearty food-gathering, the Allearn Bilingual Education team have strengthened the bond with the local Chinese Community, which facilitating our growing friendship.
After weeks of designing and preparation, Allearn teachers arrived early at the park, setting up obstacles and props for the first exciting game-Hula Hoop Pass! This fun, high-energetic family game requires parents and children to set goals, strategize, communicate and support each other to complete the task.
Bathing in the early afternoon’s soft sunlight, following along with the beat in music, children climbed through the Hula Hoop tunnel. The team of parents and teachers were cheering for them, holding the tunnel for them, and sometimes waving the hoops to add a bit more difficulties. Children enjoyed the caterpillar crawling inside the Hula Hoop tunnel and always burst into laughter.
The second game was divided into two age-appropriate obstacle courses. The over-3’s joined teacher Zoe and Ashley for a running race game. During the race, two groups (each group contains one parent and one child) took two pool noodles together, with a ball in the middle, carrying them to the finishing line. To challenge our active little ones, teachers added cones on the course as obstacles. Children and parents did a fantastic balancing job and reaching their final goals.
In the other group, the younger one faced probably the first hurdle race in their life. At the starting line, our brave under-3s took on the challenge, holding on to their parents’ hands and carefully jumping the mini hurdle railing. Allearn teachers Alice and Joanne were cheering and applauding for them on the top of their lungs. All the children have completed the course by climbing through a play tunnel.
Then, we invited everyone to a circle to join a rainbow parachute game. Following two English action songs, parents, teachers and children worked together to complete the dance movements. We also highlighted our Chinese cultural heritage by playing a traditional “ Frying beans” (炒豆豆) game. Everyone held the edge of the parachute, rolling balls which have been put in the middle, and singing the Chinese nursery rhymes together. This fusion of games reflected the core value of Allearn’s Bilingual Early Childhood Education System, which is belonging, growing and connectedness, in an Australia-China multicultural context.
Finally, a three-legged race provided the perfect opportunity for physical movement and teamwork. It was a great victory for our winning team, and as much fun for others to watch as it was to participate in as well.
Indeed, all the games for this Christmas party were designed not only for holiday season fun playing for children but for parents to enjoy the precious family gathering time with their kids through various teamwork activities.
In Allearn, we are passionate about offering Australian Chinese communities the chance of learning diversity. And we do appreciate our practical base—Mothers Love Family Day Care—to provide the opportunity to help the development of bilingual education for children from the local Chinese community. Our Christmas party 2019 has achieved great success, with a lot of parents’ and families’ positive feedbacks. We have witnessed great parental enthusiasm for bilingual culture learning. In the future, this will continue to motivate Allearn’s dedication to providing quality early childhood programs and parent-child activities.
By | Alice
Editor | Kimmy