Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Congratulations Manaia!

To stop the sound on this RockYou movie - click on the microphone at the bottom left of the movie picture.

Healthy Heart Award!


The National Heart Foundation presented an award to Manaia Kindergarten for creating an environment that promotes healthy food and physical activity. Amy accepted the certificate on behalf of all the children and the Leader newspaper will publish a photo. The children have worked hard learning about healthy foods and active movement - lots of this goes on at kindergarten! Keep up that healthy food in lunch boxes!

Monday, July 30, 2007

New carpentry tools at Kindergarten

What a busy day at Kindergarten today using all of our new tools. Tania had a shopping spree at Bunnings on the weekend and we have new drills, hammers, saws, pliers, levels, sandpaper, screwdrivers, ear muffs and safety googles. We are learning how to use our tools correctly and safetly at Kindergarten. We are making amazing creations.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gingerbread Men Haka!!

Wow - the children loved watching this link we found on Naketa's blog. Click on the Gingerbread men and have a look!


So that's where the Gingerbread Man ran - to watch the best Rugby Team in the world!
Go the Gingerbread Men (go the All Blacks!)
If the link on the photo doesn't work for you - check it out on YouTube - here

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Skype video call

Frozen Cold







Today at Kindergarten the temperature reading in the car was 3degrees. Its hard to remember a day this cold in Whangarei! The safety surface had a thick layer of ice - and the deck was like a skating rink. We had great fun skidding around on the ice. There were some wipe-outs too!! It was really cold to touch. It all melted quickly as the sun rose and we had a beautiful warm sunny day. I wonder what it looks like at Kindergartens when it SNOWS!! Here are some pics of our ice and our cold morning in Whangarei!

Roadworkers at Kindergarten



A lot of busy children in the sandpit today working on making roads for the trucks to drive on. I like how you have put out your cones for safety so that no one drives where you are working. It was interesting to watch you work and I noticed what a great team you made, each of you had a different job as you worked together to make the roads. It's great to have a great big sandpit so we can all find space to work at Kindergarten. We have been talking about all the slips on the road on the way to Kindergarten from the storm and how we have seen so many roadworkers fixing the roads. I imagine they would like your roadworking expertise to help them too!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Megan's Dinosaur Story

This week we had green playdough. Megan and i sat down at the playdough tableand discussed what we could make that was green. The list was endless we tried making peas, frogs, leaves and DINOSAURS. Using our modelling skills we made a mummy dinosaur and with Emily's help we made a baby one too. We thought they might be hungry so we made a movie of them escaping to find some grass to munch on.
Story by Debra Carter (Megan's Mum)



Friday, July 20, 2007

The Great Wall of China

Eleanor, our great friend at Manaia Kindergarten is overseas on a wonderful adventure. She recently emailed us and told us about her trip to China and visiting the Great Wall of China. The children were so impressed by the wall that they decided to try and use their engineering skill and build their own Great Wall of China. We printed out some photos of The Wall and the children set to work. See the process and the results...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Aimee examines a bumble bee...











"Nana found this bumble bee for me Tania" - Aimee arrived at Kindergarten with a plan to examine her bumble bee under the digital microscope. I helped Aimee to turn on the laptop and away she went. Aimee was able to put the bee under the microscope and focus on many different parts of the bee. I heard Aimee telling other children about her bumble bee and Lilirose came to sit and work with Aimee too. Aimee took photos of her bee and asked - "teach me how to print them". Aimee chose 4 photos to print out and then cut them out and glued them on paper to take home. I was most impressed with the knowledge Aimee showed using the digital microscope, I know Aimee has learnt the necessary skills to use the digital microscope and has the ability to work with other children and share these skills with them. We will have to share your photos with other children Aimee. Perhaps we can put your photos together in a photostory to share on our blog too... I wonder what else we can learn about bumble bees?



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Engineers at work!



Look at the movie of our budding engineers and architects at Kindergarten over the last few days.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Riley's trip to Rarotonga



It's great to be back at Kindergarten after the holidays and we are enjoying listening to each others holiday stories. Today we watched a photostory of Bede's holiday to Rotorua and Taupo and saw movies of the Lions he saw. We also watched a movie about Emily going to Physiotherapy and all of the games she plays to help her muscles grow. Riley shared all about his holiday to Rarotonga at mat time yesterday, showing us photos he had put together on a big piece of paper. Today he made a book about Rarotonga, next he took photos of his book and made it into a photostory on the computer with Emma. We got to see Riley's movie at mat time. We look forward to seeing more photos and movies and hearing more stories too.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Something to think about...

Came across this while doing my holiday internet readings....