Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scientific theory

30th May, 2017
At Manaia we love to question and theorise with our tamariki. This term we have had a number of children interested in creating scientific experiments to test out their theories. Jiajia and Acacia started off a table of experiments. Acacia was convinced that if she placed a crayon in water and left it to soak it would turn into lipstick. The following day when checking her experiment Acacia confidently picked out her crayon and said "see it has turned into lipstick". What great determination and conviction.
Jiajia was keen to see if she soaked her cardboard box in water whether it would turn back into paper pulp. Over the following week Jiajia reguraly observed her experiment delighted to see that the box was breaking down and that she could then add the soaked paper to a paper pulp mix we were soaking to make paper.
Harry and Victor had also shown an interest in experimenting and choose to see if they could change the colour of water by grating chalk and leaving it to soak. The following day when I asked them if their experiment had worked, they walked over to the table and checked."Yeah!" and carried on back outside to play in the sandpit. Although their interest seemed to stop here, they both engaged a number of other children in their experiment, with further chalk experiments following.

Supporting the children's interest Brocks Mum brought in this beautiful orchid and suggested the children might like to experiment using some dye. Daisy, Gemma and Poppy used droppers to add blue dye to the water.

Victor, Jackson and Brock observe and theorise how the orchid is changing while having their kai.

Jiajia talks about her paper pulp experiment with friends Naia and June. Later Naia creates an experiment with friend Anna.
"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference"-Aristotle

Developing these questioning and theorising techniques allows science to be an authentic part of the children's learning. From observing solids turn to liquids when baking, to seeing how sand is easier to mould when water is added. The end result is often not so important to them, more importantly the ability and value we show our tamariki when we firstly take time to listen to their question. Sally

Link to Te Whariki: Through exploration children develop an understanding that trying things out, exploring, playing with ideas and materials and collaborating with others are important and valued ways of learning.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Being Kaitiaki

As part of celebrating Seaweek and in support of the maori principle of kaitiakitanga-being good nature guardians, all our kindergarten tamariki headed down to the Kiteone Road Reserve for the morning.
Our nature programme children were keen to share their knowledge telling the other children how to keep themselves safe down at the beach and sharing the types of fun activities they could choose to do.
On our walk down to the beach several children looked for our special maunga Mount Manaia in the distance, but it was hidden in cloud. Mt Manaia is the special maunga we have written a waiata about.
Once we reached the beach the children spread out and enjoyed a variety of explorations alongside enthusiastic whanau.
Some children chose to create sand sculptures, others hunted for crabs in the mud, or fished off the bridge.
Our kinesthetic explorers explored the mud, jumping, running and splashing and some even chose to use the mud as an art medium painting the mangrove tree trunks!
For morning tea we enjoyed a hot chocolate and home baked biscuits that the tamariki had prepared the day before.
After an action packed morning we headed back up the hill to kindergarten.
It was a great morning of fun exploration in nature learning alongside our kindergarten community and made possible by our fantastic whanau support.Sally

Enjoying the freedom and pure exhilaration of running down the hill

The tamariki vote whether to go to the beach or reserve

Painting the mangroves, great tactile exploration 
Meaningful literacy in action 

Discovering tiny sea creatures to care for 
Enjoying morning tea

 Cause and effect!

Toitū te marae a Tāne
Toitū te marae a Tangaroa
Toitū te iwi
If the world of Tāne (all living things on land) endures
If the marae of Tangaroa (the lakes, rivers and sea) endures
The people endure