Saturday, March 7, 2015

Exploring Nga Manu (Birds)

At Manaia Kindergarten we participate in the national 'te kupu o te wiki' (word of the week) programme. Recently our kupu o te wiki was manu (bird). As the children reflected on all nga manu in their experience, they illustrated how integrated their growing understanding of a concept such as 'bird' is, and how many 'languages' (using the Reggio Emilia term) they use to explore and express such an understanding. The following photos and videos explain this idea further.


Before a trip to Kiwi North, children created kiwi in response to provocations in the art area. Henry drew his kiwi with pen and then cut it out.

Zoe created her kiwi in pen and wrote a story about it around the edge using the letters she knows best Z-O-E-L-O-V-E. She used leaves and feathers for the body.

After listening to the story "Manukura the White Kiwi" Molly, Jacob and Meg used shredded paper to create their "Manukura".

Having chickens at the kindergarten provides many opportunities for the children to build their understanding about these manu.

 Eva and Cole collect weeds from the garden to throw over the fence for nga heihei.

Ayva, Natalie, Grace, Eva and Lily collect the chicken eggs, wash them, and write the date on them.

Ayva stands proudly beside the eggs for sale sign she has helped to write with eggs she and her friends have packaged to sell to the whanau.

Max and Lucy cook pikelets  that they have helped make with eggs from the chickens.

A recent trip to Kiwi North gave lots of opportunities for the children to extend their knowledge of birds.

Bo took her toy kiwi on the trip to Kiwi North so it could "meet the real kiwi."

Nga manu puppets at Kiwi North were enjoyed by many children as they brought the birds to life with sounds and movements.

 Back at the kindergarten Molly, Thomas, and Meg use the beanbags (carefully sorted by colour) to make nests for  their imaginary play as birds. 

After her bus trip to Kiwi North, Meg drew this picture and told her mum this story.

 Lily and Carys used pen and paint to create their kiwi.

Unfortunately, the video of Grace's wonderfully tuneful singing will not upload here but at least you can enjoy the words of her  "KIWI SONG".   

“I love kiwi
Because they’re my favourites
I love kiwi
Because they’re my favourites
Kiwi are my favourites
Because they love me
I like kiwi
I love kiwi
I like them so much.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Work begins on Stage 1 of Playground Upgrade

The children arrived back from holiday to Shaun, Aaron and Shane from Manaia Excavators busily working on our bank to replace the old water feature and create a new bank offering lots of open ended play opportunities.


Monday, January 19, 2015

A fun filled Term 4, 2014!

Thank you to all our kindergarten whanau and community for the wonderful support you show our tamariki at Manaia. Here are a few photos to show you just how much fun we had in 2014. Happy New Year everyone.Here's looking at another action packed fun filled year in 2015!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kiwi Artist inspires our tamariki 10/12/14

A huge thanks to Heather Hunt who gave up her morning to come and share her Backyard Kiwi signs and kiwi illustrations from 'Kiwi, the real story'. Heather talked to us a bit about the Backyard Kiwi project at the Whangarei Heads and then mentored some of our keen artists in how she sketches kiwi.
Heather currently has an exhibition of her artwork at Newday Café in Parua Bay with all proceeds going to the Backyard Kiwi Project.
Heather told us about the different ways kiwi move, how they protect themselves and that Dad is the main caregiver after Mum lays her egg.
 Grace told Heather she has kiwi at her house
 Oliver worked out different ways he could protect his sign from the elements creating a plastic cover
 Devon wanted to create a post for his sign
 Some great theories and questions about why there are kiwi signs at the heads
 Theo was very proud of his kiwi and wanted to show Mum as soon as she arrived.
 Scott talked about how he can hear kiwi at his house.
 Heather showed us how she goes over her outline several times adding extra detail each time.Look at that wonderful concentration, ka pai tamariki.
 Scarlett, a very keen artist was very focussed on her kiwi outline alongside artist friend Madison
 Our Kiwi exhibition at Manaia Kindergarten with new artwork arriving daily!
A small message from Heather Hunt:
"With the annual summer influx of visitors Backyard Kiwi are raising awareness locally about the number of wild kiwi free ranging around the Whangarei Heads Peninsula- over 700!!
The much loved Backyard Kiwi signs dotted around the district are an indication that there are kiwi living nearby – we urge local and visitors, to:  tie your dogs up at night time and watch out for kiwi on the roads you might just see a live kiwi and save kiwi lives!

There is Backyard Kiwi Exhibition at Newday Cafe (Parua Bay Shopping centre) until the 5th of January. The Free Range Kiwi reflective sign and kiwi prints are on display along with lots of information about the Backyard kiwi Project. Please encourage people to take their visitors to see this and visit the backyard kiwi website"

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our growing baby chickens

Our broody hen sat on the eggs for over 21 days and what a surprise it was when three gorgeous chicks hatched on the 10th of November. A few days later the children were able to experience holding them carefully. This sparked many questions and beautiful pieces of artwork as they created their own representations of the chicks with pastels, paint, collage and clay.
Three days old

I'm gorgeous



Scarlett and Oliver "He's so cute."

Safe with our Mum


Madison's artwork

Scarlett's artwork

Lily's artwork

Having some free range time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Experiencing Drainlaying

Talk about authentic experiential learning! Our day of drainlaying with the Aaron and Shane, the hugely patient crew from Manaia Excavators, was a thoroughly satisfying day for a group of three and four year olds at Manaia Kindergarten.  They asked many thoughtful questions as they watched Aaron and Shane dig with their shovels, pump tanks, sort out drainpipes, and use the big digger to move rocks and dig ditches. Every step of the way,  the children were there with their shovels, diggers and trucks to help out where they could - all the while keeping themselves safe from the big machine!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nature Programme Taster

Yesterday our nature programme kaiawhina(helpers) led a trip down to the Kiteone Road Reserve. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to share their knowledge and the skills they have developed whilst on the nature programme. As we do at the start of each nature trip we got into groups and the children each took turns with the talking ball sharing what they would like to do down at the reserve and one thing they do to keep themselves safe. With the support of our parent helpers we then headed down the path to the beach.
We could see kindergarten from the path
Molly said "I liked taking my Grandad"
Paige said "I was too tired to walk up the hill"

Carys enjoyed some fishing.
Lia said she liked fishing and finding an eel.

We measured how deep the water was in the stream by how far it came up our boots

We enjoyed a game of hide and seek

Harper said he liked playing duck, duck goose!

We found lots of places to hide.
Scarlett liked playing hide and seek.

Zeke liked "fishing and kneeing up the hill"
commando crawling because his legs were tired!

Sofie had fun splashing in the stream.
Zoe also said she liked "splashing in the puddles".

Ooh thick stinking mud. Caleb said he liked "walking in the
water and thumping in the mud"

Thank you to all our fantastic parent helpers and our kaiawhina for sharing all the fun that can be had on the nature programme. We can't wait until it's our turn.Sally