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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.

A Life Skills Series develops ten essential life skills outlined by the World Health Organisation. Each video focuses on one complementary pair of life skills, ranging from tangible to intangible skills.

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

Creative thinking and critical thinking: children learn how to identify a problem, brainstorm potential solutions, constructively criticise each other’s views and choose a final solution.

Effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills: children learn how to 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: children learn how to deal with interpersonal conflict by considering how others feel, evaluating four potential solutions and choosing a final solution.

Coping with emotions and stress: children learn how to deal with a negative emotion by seeking or receiving support from others, evaluating four potential ways of coping with the emotion and choosing a final solution.

All the stories are scenario-based, so children learn how to apply these life skills in a variety of contexts. The series is separated into four categories to show children how to:

  • Take care of themselves at home
  • Take care of themselves outside the home
  • Interact with others
  • Go into the world

We encourage parents and educators to integrate our online lessons into children’s learning and play experiences. Here are some tips for using our lessons:

1. Integrate our videos into your centre’s curriculum

We aim to facilitate flexible curriculum planning that is tailored to each early learning centre’s needs. Educators can integrate our videos into their weekly, monthly and yearly lesson plans at their centre. Our lessons address key learning outcomes described in the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). For each video, we have listed the relevant EYLF outcomes in the lesson description. Educators can use this information to develop a high-quality learning program.

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

2. Show our interactive videos at home and in your early learning centre

Parents and educators can show our interactive videos to promote social learning and collaborative decision making. Each story focuses on an everyday problem, such as making a bed or packing up toys. Our videos guide children through different stages of problem solving and decision making, including:

  • Identifying the characters’ problem
  • Evaluating four potential solutions, as summarised in four simple images
  • Sharing their views with others, including peers, parents and educators
  • Choosing a final option and justifying their decisions

Parents and educators will have several opportunities to pause the video and discuss the situation with children. They can follow the aural and visual cues included in every lesson. Initially, children should discuss the four options without any clues from the story. At this point, parents and educators should encourage children to justify their choices.

Eventually, the characters in the story will evaluate each potential solution. Parents and educators are advised to explain the characters’ thought processes, which model key life skills. Afterwards, children should reconsider their original choices. The final decision will be revealed at the end of each story.

3. Complete the comprehension questions to build literacy skills

At Schooling Online, we want children to be active learners. Each lesson includes eight additional multiple-choice questions, so children can deepen their understanding. These questions cover eight comprehension strategies to develop a child’s literacy skills. The strategies include:

  • Finding the main idea
  • Identifying the problem
  • Finding a solution
  • Critical thinking
  • Recalling facts and details
  • Understanding the sequence of events
  • Recognising cause and effect
  • Drawing conclusions and making inferences

We recommend that children move onto the comprehension questions after watching the story at least once. Children can complete the comprehension questions on their own or with help from an adult.

Each question is read out loud and can be replayed by pressing the speaker button. Once children understand the question, they can go through the four options. Each option is presented as a clickable image. Children can click the image to hear the option read out loud. To choose an answer, children must drag one or two images onto a specific part of the screen. This encourages children to choose their answers carefully, while training their fine motor skills.

If children choose the correct answer, they will immediately move onto the next question. If a child chooses an incorrect answer, then they will be prompted to try again.

4. Play the educational games

Children can play the educational games in their early learning centres or at home. All the games are appropriate for independent play.

Schooling Online’s educational platform facilitates the integrated development of juvenile cognitive, sensory and motor systems. The educational games engage children in increasingly complex fine motor skills and movement patterns.

Some games, such as the memory game, enhance a child’s cognitive ability. Other games, which might involve collecting items, improve children’s fine motor skills.

5. Follow the Arts and Crafts videos

Our stories also facilitate play-based learning at home and in early learning centres. Each lesson includes three Arts and Crafts videos that teach children how to paint, make, recycle and draw in creative ways.

The Arts and Crafts videos can be viewed immediately after the story or later as stand-alone resources. Parents and educators can click the shopping icon so they know what materials will be needed. We recommend that parents and educators watch each Arts and Crafts video with children before diving into the project. The videos are easy to follow and can be replayed in sections. That way, children will have constant guidance as they carry out the instructions.

6. 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 the life 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, starting with our lessons about taking care of themselves at home. 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. Feel free to watch our videos again to revisit the different concepts.

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.


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


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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