Sunday, March 9, 2014
Paige enjoyed showing me the flowers on her dress today - so we decided to paint flowers. It was great to think about the shapes of the flowers on Paige's dress and then to explore ways to create those shapes with the paint brush. We talked about the middle shape of the flower and how the petals come off the centre. Paige explored a few ways of painting flowers.
"I like flowers because my mum likes flowers."
Monday, February 10, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
At the end of last term we had a terrific day learning to stay afloat. Tricia Culina, a local sailor with marine safety training, came in to tell us all about lifejackets. A simple demonstration of buoyancy – using plastic figures and bubble wrap had the tamariki entranced. It showed them the importance of wearing a lifejacket whenever they are out on boats in case they fall in the water. The children all had a chance to try on a lifejacket. Lily, Grace and Elena showed, with Tricia’s help, whether the lifejackets they had on were a good fit. Tricia explained that lifejackets need to be the right size, have a zip or snaps to keep them done up across the chest, a crotch strap to hold them on, and collar floatation to keep the head up. It is also good if they have a whistle, a loop on the collar floatation and reflective stripes for nighttime visibility. After this korero (discussion) the tamariki had a chance to jump in the waka that Tricia had brought, to play out their learning.
Thank you Tricia, for bringing such an important learning experience to the Manaia Kindergarten children – just in time for a summer of fun at the beach and out on boats.