Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fun in the Elements 14th August 2015

Today dressed in full wet weather gear a group of children enjoyed a torrential downpour, nature at its finest. Their excitement is infectious and shows just how much fun there is to be had exploring all the natural elements. After experiencing a waterfall, running through puddles and simply standing still to feel the rain on their faces the children came and indulged in a warm lavender foot bath. Could life get any better for the children at Manaia Kindergarten! Sally

 Savanah experimenting with a puddle
 What polite drivers,waiting for Savanah before zooming through the puddle

Natalie and Savanah warm up with a warm lavender foot bath


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Working with Fabric


Lately, several of the children have shown a strong interest in fabric and designing and creating clothes for themselves. Last week Becky brought in some dolls dressed in colourful, cultural costumes. The children were inspired and they asked for the box of fabric to create their own costumes. This video shows them at work and with their finished products. You will also see Cam, who came in when they were working looking for something to create a sail for the boat he was building. At the end of the slide show you see Gillian who was visiting that day and was not only made a cup of delicious mint tea, but was also accessorized by the dressmakers. The designers and dressmakers featured here are Eva, Grace, Sofie, Nikki, Aria, Meg, and Savanah.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Our Holiday Stories

The children at Manaia Kindergarten have a strong interest in creating stories and making books with the binder. To extend this interest, together we have created a book of their holiday stories, the words are exactly as the children have told their story and the beautiful illustrations are drawn by each child. Ayva created the detailed title page and showed deep concentration as she illustrated her story. The children seem to have really enjoyed being part of this project and the ongoing learning as they revisit and share their own and others stories. It is fantastic to see the delight on their faces as their story is read out and their excitement in the fact that they are story tellers, illustrators and publishers.

Ayva illustrates her page for the book.

Jayde, Grace N, Grace V, Sofie and Eva H discuss their holiday stories.



Sofie draws a picture of her trip to Queenstown.

Kafka draws a picture of his new tree house.

Jett draws his friends.

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or the seven sisters; and what is referred to as the Māori New Year. Matariki has two meanings, both referring to a tiny constellation of stars: Mata Riki (Tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God).Traditionally, depending on the visibility of Matariki, the coming season's crop was thought to be determined. The brighter the stars indicated the warmer the season would be and thus a more productive crop. It was also seen as an important time for family to gather and reflect on the past and the future.Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the land we live on. Matariki is celebrated with education, remembrance and planting of new trees and crops signalling new beginnings. Matariki is seen as a perfect time to learn about the land we live on and remember whakapapa (ancestry) who have passed from this world to the next and the legacy they have left behind. Our Matariki celebrations involved creating gifts, harvesting our produce, sharing food, learning about other cultures, learning new stories, planting new trees and seedlings and creating new gardens, while also celebrating te reo Māori.

The children discuss what to do with the harvested pumpkins at our morning hui.

The beautiful pumpkin soup was enjoyed with the Foccacia bread that Amy made with the children by the hard workers at the working bee.
The children enjoy the soup and Foccacia bread.

Cameron helps prepare the new garden bed at the working bee.

Paige shows the children her Tongan dance.
Stephane and Paige answer questions.
Eva shares with the children about her Samoan culture.

Lola grinds up pumice to make gardeners soap.

Cole writes on his gift of gardeners soap for mum.

Natalie rolls the dough out for the fry bread.

The children prepare the vegetables for our boil up.

Mixed feelings about the taste of the boil up, however all the children enjoyed the fried bread.

Jayde learns about the seven stars of Matariki.
Jono creates a Matariki star.

Cody helps create the vine ball.

Taking care of the gardens
Cole searches for peas.

Macy plants the peas.
Alex washes the eggs she has collected.

Harry adds his contribution to the children's representation of Papatuanuku costume.
Bo creates a flower for the costume.
Paige models the costume.
Jono learns about the seven fishes story.

Nikki and Macy enjoy the small world with the Matariki stars.
   We ended our Matariki journey as we celebrated te wiki o te reo Māori, yet really the journey continues as we continue to learn more.