Wasn't it great today to have Tim (Lily's Dad) and Jim here today sheering sheep. We learnt lots about sheep sheering. We learnt about the wool that needs to come off the sheep in summer - or the sheep end up having to carry lots of heavy hot wool on them. We heard that sometimes the sheep get small cuts while being sheered - just like Dad sometimes does when he is shaving!! And its all ok, because the sheeps skin is just like ours and will heal. We found out that if the sheep have ticks - the sheering them will help to get rid of the ticks as the ticks have no place to hide. It was great to see the whole sheep sheering process today AT KINDERGARTEN. Thanks heaps to Tim and Jim for sharing their sheep sheering skills with us today.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wow - its been amazing having Sam and Emily working at Manaia Kindergarten on Tuesdays. Every tuesday, they bring new music to our environment. Emily and Sam are two experienced musicians who are well known in our community. Their expertise in music, our environment, working with children is bringing a richness to our music programme. They have written a song that encapsulates the lives of the children of Manaia Kindergarten - At the Beach. The children have also taught them our Mt Manaia song. Alongside an enjoyment of music, Sam and Emily have begun the process of recording children's voices. Today we played with their recording equipment. It was scary at first but alongside Emily children slowly began to sing. Even Beverly joined in and we enjoyed hearing our songs played back to us after singing. It was great to see Sol and Zeke owning and sharing their knowledge of songs they know, and enjoying the recording process of tu tira mai nga iwi.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Today we explored our Nature Programme. The tide was coming in so we spent the first hour collecting shells and treasures on the beach, and them moved to Kiteone Reserve. This was a new environment for many of our children - so there was much to explore. We ran, we built a shelter, we ate together, we drank heaps - and we built chicken nests out of cut grass, leaves, sticks and water! Check out the summary of the days adventures.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
It was wonderful to host the Enviro-Kindergarten's at Manaia Kindergarten. Although we are not on the Enviro programme, the teachers of Manaia have been attending some of their workshops. It has been inspiring to learn about new ideas to continue our commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Manaia Kindergarten is situated in a community that is environmentally aware and our people continually share and promote sustainable living practices.
Karen from Kerikeri kindergarten shared environmental ideas from tikanga perspective, and deepening our understanding of Papatuanuku (earth mother) and Ranginui (sky father) whakapapa (family) including their children - Tanemahuta (forest) , tangaroa (sea), tawhirimatea (wind) to name a few. She shared the Maori creation story. We discussed the nature and influences of Ira Atua (the first family - sea, wind, stars, sun, earthquakes) on our learning environment.
Paula and Anna from Comrie Park introduced us all to The Bug Hotel. We received the generous gift of a Bug Hotel and began assembling the 'rooms' in the hotel. Paula talked with us about location, working with the children, and setting up a bug hotel environment with the natural resources typical to our environment. We look forward to working more on this project with the children at the start of term 4.
Nerida and Lynda from Portland Kindergarten drew our attention to our senses. We stopped and listened to our environment with our eyes closed. The Cockerel who had competed with every presentation suddenly went silent!! However we were able to locate and identify almost 6 different bird species in our small outdoor play area. We were also surprised at the almost constant sound of traffic which is unusual for our rural kindergarten. We were also guided on a blindfold test as we explored our sense of touch and dipped our hands into bowls of unknown ingredients. We explored the bug-like texture of lavender flowers, the clamminess of wet sand, the bitty texture of soil - but we were rewarded after a bowl of ice cubes, with the peaceful touch of tepid water and lavender scent.
Thank you to all who came to the workshop and for sharing such inspiring ideas which we hope to develop further during term 4, with the children of Manaia.