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Guide for Parents and Educators

A Life Skills Series helps children to cope with the demands and challenges of everyday life. At Schooling Online, we believe that education is about more than just learning to read, write and count. A holistic education should nurture children’s practical skills and personal qualities.

The Life Skills Series develops ten essential life skills outlined by the World Health Organisation. Each video focuses on one complementary pair of life skills, which range from tangible skills to intangible ones. We adopt unique approaches to develop each pair of skills:

Decision making and problem solving: the characters identify a problem, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of four potential solutions and choose a final solution.

Creative thinking and critical thinking: the characters identify a problem, brainstorm potential solutions, constructively criticise each other’s views and choose a final solution.

Effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills: the characters identify a thought or feeling that they want to express, evaluate four potential ways of expressing that thought or feeling and choose a final solution.

Self-awareness and empathy: the characters experience an interpersonal conflict, consider how the affected individual might feel, evaluate four potential solutions and choose a final solution.

Coping with emotions and stress: a character experiences a negative emotion, receives support from others, evaluates four potential ways of coping with the emotion and chooses a final solution.

We want to support our viewers on this journey, so here are some tips for parents and educators when using our lessons:

1. Integrate our videos into your centre’s curriculum.
Our lessons address the learning outcomes described in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). We encourage parents and educators to integrate our online lessons into children’s learning and play experiences.

Parents and educators can find the EYLF outcome covered in each video in the lesson description below. Educators can refer to this information when integrating our videos into their weekly, monthly or yearly lesson plans at their centre. We want to tailor our videos to your centre’s distinct learning program, giving you flexibility when incorporating our videos into your lessons.

Parents planning their children’s lessons at home should also refer to the EYLF outcomes listed in our lesson descriptions. 

2. Create an interactive learning environment.
The Life Skills Series videos follow an innovative structure that promotes collaborative decision making and social learning. Each story focuses on an everyday problem, such as learning to make a bed or pack up toys. Then, we present four different options for solving the problem, as summarised in four simple images. The in-built aural and visual cues give parents and educators several opportunities to stop the video and discuss the situation with children.
 
Each lesson offers at least two opportunities for children to share their ideas with the class and pick a final option. On the first occasion, they will discuss the four options without any clues from the video. Parents and educators should encourage children to justify their choices.

Afterwards, the characters in the story will evaluate each option without giving a final answer. Parents and educators are encouraged to explain the characters’ thought processes, which always model a complementary pair of life skills. During the second discussion, children should consider the views of the characters when making a final decision. The final decision will be revealed at the conclusion of the video.

3. Use the comprehension worksheets to build children’s literacy skills.
At Schooling Online, we want children to get the most out of each lesson. We have created additional comprehension worksheets, so that parents and educators can further develop children’s literacy skills. Parents and educators can also use these sets to gauge a child’s level of understanding. 

Each video is accompanied by one worksheet that contains eight simple multiple-choice questions. Your child can apply decision making and problem solving skills to answer each question. Each question emphasises a different comprehension strategy, ranging from finding the main idea of the video to identifying the big problem. Each strategy is colour-coded and noted in the answers for each worksheet. 

Beyond the comprehension sets, our stories also provide a basis for play-based learning. Children can role play as Bella, Pepe or other characters and explore the choices that they would make. By participating in innovative play, children can transfer and adapt what they have learned in the story to a new context.

4. Establish a daily routine.
Parents and educators are encouraged to show our videos on a regular basis. This will allow children to learn and apply these skills at a gradual pace. Sitting down and watching a story together could become your child’s favourite part of the day!

We recommend watching the videos in the order listed in the playlist. The earlier stories introduce practical skills that prepare children to take care of themselves at home. As children mature, they can watch our lessons about taking care of themselves outside the home. To support your child’s social development, you can play our videos on interacting with others. Finally, your child will be ready to watch our lessons on going out into the world.

We know that parents and educators may need a specific video to meet their immediate needs. In this case, feel free to browse the story titles to find the relevant video. For example, parents can show the video “Bella Brushes her Teeth” before teaching their child about dental hygiene.

Some skills may be more challenging for your child to learn. We understand that, so we’ve created a “My Lessons” page where you can save your favourite videos. Just click the little heart button under a video to save a lesson for future viewing.
 

How it Works



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At Schooling Online, we want your child to flourish! That’s why we’ve created Bella Bloom: A Life Skills Series. Join Bella Bloom, her talking bird Pepe and her little brother Bay on a journey of discovery.

The Life Skills Series equips children with practical skills, like making a bed and active listening, that prepare them to excel into adulthood. We also nurture their personal qualities by focussing on ten essential life skills outlined by the World Health Organization. Each lesson addresses one or more Early Years Learning Framework for Australia outcomes.

Each exciting lesson develops one complementary pair of life skills. Countless studies have shown that developing the following skills at a young age contributes to lifelong success.

  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Creative thinking and critical thinking skills
  • Effect communication and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Self-awareness and empathy
  • Skills for coping with emotions and stress

Each animated story includes musical and visual cues that prompt stimulating discussions between children, parents and educators. Your child will love this holistic learning experience! See how much your child has learned with our interactive comprehension questions! Children will also love our Play and Learn games and Arts and Crafts videos.

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EYLF Outcome/s: 2.4, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4

Welcome to our Arts and Crafts! At Schooling Online, we believe in learning through play. Our creative videos teach children how to paint, make, recycle and draw.

In these videos, we address key learning outcomes detailed in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Our imaginative activites nurture children’s creative thinking skills, while also developing their fine and gross motor skills.

Children will experiment with constructing, taking apart and inventing different objects. They will learn how to safely use a range of materials and tools with confidence. We often use recycled materials in our projects, so children will learn to value the environment and its natural resources.

We provide a supportive space for children to learn through trial and error and explore their own ideas. They will start to communicate with others through artistic expression. They will also engage with creative symbols and patterns.

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Comprehension Guide for Parents and Educators

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EYLF Outcome/s: 3.2, 4.4, 5.5

Welcome to Play and Learn! Our online games address key learning outcomes detailed in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Children can engage in a variety of digital activities, including a memory game that trains early memory skills and a collection game that builds fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Our interactive games integrate technology into early learning and play experiences. As children play, they will use their sensory capabilities, including sight, sound and touch, with increasing coordination and skill. They will also strengthen their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Children will improve their digital literacy through play. They will learn how to manipulate technology with growing competence. Our exciting games encourage children to experiment and solve problems. This will involve exploring the purpose and function of a range of tools, media, sound and graphics. We also offer opportunities for shared learning, as children can play the games together.

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