Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Our tomatoes are growing bigger each day...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
A month ago I shared with the children my taonga, my flax kete, woven during a weekend workshop with Jo Samuel. The children were fascinated and began to make plans. They wanted to make flax bows - and were eager to teach me this skill.
Unfortunately it was raining - and flax can not be cut in the rain. This is Maori protocol. Cutting flax in the rain can damage the flax bush over time. So we waited for a time that was best for ourselves and the flax.
Today, with sunshine and enthusiasm - a group of us gathered around the flax. The small group saw the structure of the harakeke bush and were shown how its cut. The outer leaves of the flax fan are the ones we cut. The inner leaves are the pepe (baby) - cutting them cuts the life out of the flax bush.
We saw many examples of unhealthy leaves on our flax - an indication that not enough air is getting through the bushes (another working bee?)
Back inside the kindergarten our group grew and the children saw and experienced the grain of the fiber on the flax. We learnt and took turns splitting the leaves and preparing them for weaving. Olivia demonstrated flax bows. Then I demonstrated the weaving of the flax and creation of a putiputi (flower). Everyone was keen to get hands on experience.
Unfortunately we did not have enough time, healthy flax, or supporting adults today for the large and interested group of weavers. If you have knowledge and skills in this area - we would love your help and support.
Watch the slide show and marvel at the children's newly acquired skills.
Friday, November 28, 2008
It all started with a group of children playing with the hoops... we decided to see how far we could jump between two hoops and when we succeeded we made the distance wider. More children joined in and we set up the hoops in a long row so we could practice our jumping for distance. We have to concentrate really hard to get our timing and rhythm right and to coordinate the movement of our arms and legs. This is all good practice for games we will learn later on, like hopscotch, jump rope and elastics. We will also use these skills when we do events such as long jump and triple jump. Tania and Beverly talked to us about landing safely, bending our ankles, knees and hips. We learnt to focus our eyes straight ahead, bend our knees, put our arms behind our backs and then to swing our arms forward and up as we jumped. We practised keeping both our feet together as we jumped and landing on both feet at the same time. There is so much to remember and learn when jumping - we will keep practising next week.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It all began with a big hole in the sand..... somebody sat in it and next minute they were covered up! No legs Noah we called him! Then everyone wanted a turn at the amazing disappearing legs trick! This called for major team work as we dug holes and had turns to bury each other. What a lot of fun we had - I wonder how many no legs children we could get at Kindergarten all at once! It would be a very full sandpit. I think we'd need a lot of helpers.
Monday, November 24, 2008
These interviews were conducted using our new FlipCams. We have discovered that FlipCams have good movie editing software which you can see from the movie above. Click HERE for more info on Flipcams
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The flowers are blooming and there are even tiny flowers on the vegetable plants... who knows - soon we might have a vegetable or two!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It all started on the swings yesterday - Lucy and Milly singing as they were swinging "Super Trooper"... at the top of their voices! I know that your Mum's went to see "Mamma Mia" at the movies - it was an EXCELLENT movie. I guessed they had bought the CD or DVD and had obviously been playing it alot! You knew so many of the songs and the words and I enjoyed listening to you. Meg also came to join us and knew so many of the songs too. Today Wendy and I were thinking the same thing and both brought in our ABBA CD's for you. What a day we had singing and dancing together. I remember singing ABBA just like you when I was a little girl and I know that I learnt it from listening to my Mum's music too. WOW we sure have talent at Manaia Kindergarten.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather and the opportunities this provides for lots of exploring and experimenting with sand and water. We are learning math and science concepts as we play, we are developing our fine and gross motor skills and we are using all of our senses. We are working together and co-operating and engaging in lots of team work and socialisation. We are using our imaginations and are involved in dramatic play. Most importantly we are HAVING FUN!
Friday, November 7, 2008
You can find out more about the Adventure Forest in Whangarei at www.adventureforest.co.nz
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Cars and trucks have become a real interest at Kindergarten. We have made roads for our cars and engineered all sorts of tracks and pipes that our cars can race through. We have new monster trucks at Kindergarten that have also been raced and enjoyed by all. We are extending our knowledge about cars and are trying to find out the names of the cars our family has. Today we tried out drawing monster trucks. We used a monster truck as a model and looked very carefully at all the details. Can you see the mag wheels we have drawn? Can you see the numbers we have written on the side of the cars? Can you see the steps up to the car? What amazing work at Kindergarten today!
"Tania, Tania I can do the monkey bars, I have lots of energy" you called out to me Elliott. I went to get the camera to make a movie of you in action and take some photos. You tried and tried but couldn't get right across again. You had obviously used all of your energy getting across the first time! I am impressed that you kept trying though! Keep practising Elliott and very soon you will be able to make it across everyday! I took the photos and videoed you with the camera and everytime you had finished you wanted to see what photos I had taken and look at the movie. "Let's make a movie" you said to me. That's exactly what we have done Elliott. Together we made this movie and now it is on the blog for everyone to see!
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Cross Country movie has been a very long time coming! Our apologies - we were back to dial up speed after exceeding our broadband plan for the month! Impossible to work with a blog at dial up speed!
THANKS HEAPS to all our supportive parents and whanau for joining us for our annual cross country at Parua Bay School. The children had trained hard and eagerly awaited the event after its postponement due to wet weather last term. It was great to finally put all that training into action. What amazingly fit children we have at Manaia - all of them enjoying the competition! Next year there will definately need to be a parents race! We look forward to your comments.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We were very excited when we found out 8 children from Whangarei Heads School and their two teachers, Mrs Humphries and Mrs Bidois were coming to visit us today. They arrived just in time to sit down and have morning tea with us. After they had all finished and had an explore around Kindergarten we had a mat time together. The school children joined in with our singing and dancing and then we sat down to have a look at their new class blog on the projector. WOW how exciting - now they have a class blog too! We will be able to keep an eye on what they are learning at school and they can look back and see what is happening with our learning at Kindergarten. Mrs Humphries talked to us about a special book and DVD they had made together on starting school at Whangarei Heads. Mrs Humphries showed us the book, the pictures they had taken, and read us some of the story. It will be a great book to keep on our Kindergarten book shelf. We will know all about starting school and what to expect when we get there. Thanks heaps to Room 6, Mrs Humphries and Mrs Bidois for coming to visit us at Manaia Kindergarten.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Whangarei Heads Primary - Later this same friday we are having a visit from the new entrant class at Whangarei Heads Primary. WHP is further down the road from us - however we continue to build our relationship up with them through visits from them and trips on buses from Manaia Kindergarten children. AND Mrs Bidois and Mrs Humphries and the children in their new entrant class have set up their own blog. We look forward to keeping up with their news, learning, skills and excitement and sharing our learning together online. Check out their new blog at - www.roomsixwhangareiheadsschool.blogspot.com
Monday, October 20, 2008
Today we were lucky enough to have Police Officer Belinda come to Kindergarten in her Police Car. Belinda came to talk to us about wearing our seatbelts and to check that we all "made it click" when we traveled in the car. Belinda read us a story about a car that wouldn't go because the people inside hadn't clicked their seatbelts. We learnt how important it is to ALWAYS wear your seatbelt and to be sitting in a carseat or booster seat until we are really tall! We went out to have a look at Belinda's Police Car and to have turns at showing Belinda how we "make it click" in her booster seat. Check out the photos...
Thanks to Scott for carting planks and soil and motiviating the children to create our very first large 'proper' vegetable garden. The children helped to place the planks into a rectangle, screw the planks together, nail some support, load the soil and full the garden with compost and soil - ready for our seeds and seedlings. It was a hot day, with hard work - we can't wait for all the vegetables to start growing - and then for the day we are able to taste our own kindergarten grown food.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This along with KidPix has been a fantastic learning tool today... a skill that has been picked up easily by the children of Manaia Kindergarten. After just a few minutes they were teaching their friends and when parents arrived at the end of the day - they too were being taught. Today it has been all about the process - and there were some pictures the children wanted to save (that is they did not want to wash them away with the digital water pump). Check out the learning, experimenting, and teaching...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is the last Poi Movie we will be posting on this blog. Poi now has his own blog. Make sure you keep checking Poi's blog to see whose house she is visiting and what adventures she is having...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
We hope you are all enjoying your holidays. We are now in Christchurch and FREEZING! A wee bit colder than the North. We are looking forward to sharing our learning and inspiring others with the amazing abilities of the children at Manaia Kindergarten.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It's been an incredible term - will definitely be remembered for the rain and mud! (Was absolutely wonderful to actually PLAY on the grass today!) We have welcomed new children and their families and enjoyed an incredible amount of learning together. Thanks so much to all of our supportive families and friends. A special thanks also to our families and friends far and wide who keep in constant touch through our blog. Your comments are truly valued and inspirational to the children and team at Manaia Kindergarten.
During the holidays I will work on getting our concert movie and photos on the blog so keep an eye out... Wish us luck for our presentation at "Celebrating Northland's Tamariki" conference and for our keynote presentation at ULearn08 in Christchurch. Enjoy your holidays.
The Manaia Team
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Poi had her first bike ride at Pataua Beach with Noah. How lucky to explore our amazing Whangarei Heads Beaches. Thanks Noah for taking Poi on such a great adventure. Have a listen as Noah tells us all about Poi at his house...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We have two bird houses at Manaia Kindergarten - we hoped by feeding the birds in their very own houses they would stay away from our kai table...
Everyday children climb the ladder to put food up for the birds in their little house. Sometimes bird seed and other days bread...
Then, we have to stand back and wait patiently for the birds to discover our offerings..
Yesterday Wendy thought she was a National Geographic Photographer as she caught this photo of a bird in flight with a piece of bread in its mouth...
This is another photo taken by Wendy - the view from the birds house! Aren't they lucky! Unfortunatley no matter how much we feed the birds they still like to flock around our kai table and pick up all of our crumbs!!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I have 10hrs in Brunei and then a 15hr flight to the UK. Hope you all have a great week. I will try and post again when I can.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It was Madeline's last day at Manaia Kindergarten and her family wanted to buy us all something special. We talked about what we needed and thought another "take home friend" would be great. Ekko is in great demand and it's a long time to wait to have a turn... Now we have Ekko and Poi the Panda to have turns at going home to our houses. Poi the Panda spent her first weekend at Madeline's house to celebrate Madeline's 5th birthday party. How lucky! Check out the movie of all the fun Poi had. THANKS HEAPS to the Whittam family for bringing Poi along to our Kindergarten. We will take extra special care of her. Good Luck at school Madeline.