Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Our tomatoes are growing bigger each day...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
A month ago I shared with the children my taonga, my flax kete, woven during a weekend workshop with Jo Samuel. The children were fascinated and began to make plans. They wanted to make flax bows - and were eager to teach me this skill.
Unfortunately it was raining - and flax can not be cut in the rain. This is Maori protocol. Cutting flax in the rain can damage the flax bush over time. So we waited for a time that was best for ourselves and the flax.
Today, with sunshine and enthusiasm - a group of us gathered around the flax. The small group saw the structure of the harakeke bush and were shown how its cut. The outer leaves of the flax fan are the ones we cut. The inner leaves are the pepe (baby) - cutting them cuts the life out of the flax bush.
We saw many examples of unhealthy leaves on our flax - an indication that not enough air is getting through the bushes (another working bee?)
Back inside the kindergarten our group grew and the children saw and experienced the grain of the fiber on the flax. We learnt and took turns splitting the leaves and preparing them for weaving. Olivia demonstrated flax bows. Then I demonstrated the weaving of the flax and creation of a putiputi (flower). Everyone was keen to get hands on experience.
Unfortunately we did not have enough time, healthy flax, or supporting adults today for the large and interested group of weavers. If you have knowledge and skills in this area - we would love your help and support.
Watch the slide show and marvel at the children's newly acquired skills.
Friday, November 28, 2008
It all started with a group of children playing with the hoops... we decided to see how far we could jump between two hoops and when we succeeded we made the distance wider. More children joined in and we set up the hoops in a long row so we could practice our jumping for distance. We have to concentrate really hard to get our timing and rhythm right and to coordinate the movement of our arms and legs. This is all good practice for games we will learn later on, like hopscotch, jump rope and elastics. We will also use these skills when we do events such as long jump and triple jump. Tania and Beverly talked to us about landing safely, bending our ankles, knees and hips. We learnt to focus our eyes straight ahead, bend our knees, put our arms behind our backs and then to swing our arms forward and up as we jumped. We practised keeping both our feet together as we jumped and landing on both feet at the same time. There is so much to remember and learn when jumping - we will keep practising next week.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It all began with a big hole in the sand..... somebody sat in it and next minute they were covered up! No legs Noah we called him! Then everyone wanted a turn at the amazing disappearing legs trick! This called for major team work as we dug holes and had turns to bury each other. What a lot of fun we had - I wonder how many no legs children we could get at Kindergarten all at once! It would be a very full sandpit. I think we'd need a lot of helpers.
Monday, November 24, 2008
These interviews were conducted using our new FlipCams. We have discovered that FlipCams have good movie editing software which you can see from the movie above. Click HERE for more info on Flipcams
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The flowers are blooming and there are even tiny flowers on the vegetable plants... who knows - soon we might have a vegetable or two!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It all started on the swings yesterday - Lucy and Milly singing as they were swinging "Super Trooper"... at the top of their voices! I know that your Mum's went to see "Mamma Mia" at the movies - it was an EXCELLENT movie. I guessed they had bought the CD or DVD and had obviously been playing it alot! You knew so many of the songs and the words and I enjoyed listening to you. Meg also came to join us and knew so many of the songs too. Today Wendy and I were thinking the same thing and both brought in our ABBA CD's for you. What a day we had singing and dancing together. I remember singing ABBA just like you when I was a little girl and I know that I learnt it from listening to my Mum's music too. WOW we sure have talent at Manaia Kindergarten.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather and the opportunities this provides for lots of exploring and experimenting with sand and water. We are learning math and science concepts as we play, we are developing our fine and gross motor skills and we are using all of our senses. We are working together and co-operating and engaging in lots of team work and socialisation. We are using our imaginations and are involved in dramatic play. Most importantly we are HAVING FUN!
Friday, November 7, 2008
You can find out more about the Adventure Forest in Whangarei at www.adventureforest.co.nz
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Cars and trucks have become a real interest at Kindergarten. We have made roads for our cars and engineered all sorts of tracks and pipes that our cars can race through. We have new monster trucks at Kindergarten that have also been raced and enjoyed by all. We are extending our knowledge about cars and are trying to find out the names of the cars our family has. Today we tried out drawing monster trucks. We used a monster truck as a model and looked very carefully at all the details. Can you see the mag wheels we have drawn? Can you see the numbers we have written on the side of the cars? Can you see the steps up to the car? What amazing work at Kindergarten today!
"Tania, Tania I can do the monkey bars, I have lots of energy" you called out to me Elliott. I went to get the camera to make a movie of you in action and take some photos. You tried and tried but couldn't get right across again. You had obviously used all of your energy getting across the first time! I am impressed that you kept trying though! Keep practising Elliott and very soon you will be able to make it across everyday! I took the photos and videoed you with the camera and everytime you had finished you wanted to see what photos I had taken and look at the movie. "Let's make a movie" you said to me. That's exactly what we have done Elliott. Together we made this movie and now it is on the blog for everyone to see!
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Cross Country movie has been a very long time coming! Our apologies - we were back to dial up speed after exceeding our broadband plan for the month! Impossible to work with a blog at dial up speed!
THANKS HEAPS to all our supportive parents and whanau for joining us for our annual cross country at Parua Bay School. The children had trained hard and eagerly awaited the event after its postponement due to wet weather last term. It was great to finally put all that training into action. What amazingly fit children we have at Manaia - all of them enjoying the competition! Next year there will definately need to be a parents race! We look forward to your comments.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We were very excited when we found out 8 children from Whangarei Heads School and their two teachers, Mrs Humphries and Mrs Bidois were coming to visit us today. They arrived just in time to sit down and have morning tea with us. After they had all finished and had an explore around Kindergarten we had a mat time together. The school children joined in with our singing and dancing and then we sat down to have a look at their new class blog on the projector. WOW how exciting - now they have a class blog too! We will be able to keep an eye on what they are learning at school and they can look back and see what is happening with our learning at Kindergarten. Mrs Humphries talked to us about a special book and DVD they had made together on starting school at Whangarei Heads. Mrs Humphries showed us the book, the pictures they had taken, and read us some of the story. It will be a great book to keep on our Kindergarten book shelf. We will know all about starting school and what to expect when we get there. Thanks heaps to Room 6, Mrs Humphries and Mrs Bidois for coming to visit us at Manaia Kindergarten.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Whangarei Heads Primary - Later this same friday we are having a visit from the new entrant class at Whangarei Heads Primary. WHP is further down the road from us - however we continue to build our relationship up with them through visits from them and trips on buses from Manaia Kindergarten children. AND Mrs Bidois and Mrs Humphries and the children in their new entrant class have set up their own blog. We look forward to keeping up with their news, learning, skills and excitement and sharing our learning together online. Check out their new blog at - www.roomsixwhangareiheadsschool.blogspot.com
Monday, October 20, 2008
Today we were lucky enough to have Police Officer Belinda come to Kindergarten in her Police Car. Belinda came to talk to us about wearing our seatbelts and to check that we all "made it click" when we traveled in the car. Belinda read us a story about a car that wouldn't go because the people inside hadn't clicked their seatbelts. We learnt how important it is to ALWAYS wear your seatbelt and to be sitting in a carseat or booster seat until we are really tall! We went out to have a look at Belinda's Police Car and to have turns at showing Belinda how we "make it click" in her booster seat. Check out the photos...
Thanks to Scott for carting planks and soil and motiviating the children to create our very first large 'proper' vegetable garden. The children helped to place the planks into a rectangle, screw the planks together, nail some support, load the soil and full the garden with compost and soil - ready for our seeds and seedlings. It was a hot day, with hard work - we can't wait for all the vegetables to start growing - and then for the day we are able to taste our own kindergarten grown food.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This along with KidPix has been a fantastic learning tool today... a skill that has been picked up easily by the children of Manaia Kindergarten. After just a few minutes they were teaching their friends and when parents arrived at the end of the day - they too were being taught. Today it has been all about the process - and there were some pictures the children wanted to save (that is they did not want to wash them away with the digital water pump). Check out the learning, experimenting, and teaching...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is the last Poi Movie we will be posting on this blog. Poi now has his own blog. Make sure you keep checking Poi's blog to see whose house she is visiting and what adventures she is having...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
We hope you are all enjoying your holidays. We are now in Christchurch and FREEZING! A wee bit colder than the North. We are looking forward to sharing our learning and inspiring others with the amazing abilities of the children at Manaia Kindergarten.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
It's been an incredible term - will definitely be remembered for the rain and mud! (Was absolutely wonderful to actually PLAY on the grass today!) We have welcomed new children and their families and enjoyed an incredible amount of learning together. Thanks so much to all of our supportive families and friends. A special thanks also to our families and friends far and wide who keep in constant touch through our blog. Your comments are truly valued and inspirational to the children and team at Manaia Kindergarten.
During the holidays I will work on getting our concert movie and photos on the blog so keep an eye out... Wish us luck for our presentation at "Celebrating Northland's Tamariki" conference and for our keynote presentation at ULearn08 in Christchurch. Enjoy your holidays.
The Manaia Team
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Poi had her first bike ride at Pataua Beach with Noah. How lucky to explore our amazing Whangarei Heads Beaches. Thanks Noah for taking Poi on such a great adventure. Have a listen as Noah tells us all about Poi at his house...
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We have two bird houses at Manaia Kindergarten - we hoped by feeding the birds in their very own houses they would stay away from our kai table...
Everyday children climb the ladder to put food up for the birds in their little house. Sometimes bird seed and other days bread...
Then, we have to stand back and wait patiently for the birds to discover our offerings..
Yesterday Wendy thought she was a National Geographic Photographer as she caught this photo of a bird in flight with a piece of bread in its mouth...
This is another photo taken by Wendy - the view from the birds house! Aren't they lucky! Unfortunatley no matter how much we feed the birds they still like to flock around our kai table and pick up all of our crumbs!!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I have 10hrs in Brunei and then a 15hr flight to the UK. Hope you all have a great week. I will try and post again when I can.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It was Madeline's last day at Manaia Kindergarten and her family wanted to buy us all something special. We talked about what we needed and thought another "take home friend" would be great. Ekko is in great demand and it's a long time to wait to have a turn... Now we have Ekko and Poi the Panda to have turns at going home to our houses. Poi the Panda spent her first weekend at Madeline's house to celebrate Madeline's 5th birthday party. How lucky! Check out the movie of all the fun Poi had. THANKS HEAPS to the Whittam family for bringing Poi along to our Kindergarten. We will take extra special care of her. Good Luck at school Madeline.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
If you want an Italian desert - check out the Tuscan Dessert Lasanga
Saturday, August 16, 2008
WOW Look at our faces! Today we were lucky enough to have two Face Painter Extroadanaire's at Manaia Kindergarten! Bella and Lisa (Ruben and Lucy's Mums) came to share their amazing skills with us. They were busy for the whole morning creating butterflies, tigers, puppy dogs, sunsets, fairies and flower designs. It was a great exercise in using our turn taking skills and patience. What fantastic faces we ended our day with. I wonder if all of the parents knew which child to take home with them! Thanks so much to Bella and Lisa for spending the morning with us! We appreciate your huge effort.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is for you - Cindy (see Cindy's comment on a previous Manaia Kindergarten post).
It was a COLD morning at Manaia Kindergarten on Monday. The ground was white. The tops of the boxes were white. The sandpit crunched under our feet. We found a thermometer and over the morning the temperature went down to C2 Degrees . We were able to make shapes in the 'snow' - like 'snow' angels, and 'snow'men. We even threw 'snow' balls.
BUT - by noon - Wow!! Have a look at the movie for our fantastic fun in the cold.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Last week at Kindergarten Madeline had comments on the blog from her cousins in England. Adam asked Madeline to draw her a picture at Kindergarten. Madeline set herself a goal to do this and worked hard at Kindergarten on drawing a picture and making an envelope to send to Adam and then also a letter for Grandma and Grandad. I talked to Angela (Madeline's Mum) and asked if she could take photos of Madeline posting her letters to Adam and Grandma and Granddad. Angela took the digital camera home and has put together a movie using PhotoStory 3 for our Kindergarten blog. Thanks Angela - we really appreciate you!
Friday, August 8, 2008
It didn't take long - by the end of session, Chloe came back to me and said "Look - I can do all the monkey bars now!". Wow Chloe - you worked hard all day practicing the monkey bars and NOW look at you...
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Today Jonathan Conquered the Net Bridge. Jonathan you were very couragous. First we walked up the plank onto the small box. You were happy to stand there for a while and you were not too sure about going any higher. So we just sat on the higher box until you were ready to pull yourself up. We looked at the things we could see from the high box as you stood there holding my hand. We could see the tops of children's heads, we were higher than the monkey bars, and we could see the top of our new bridge. I said to you that maybe we could try the bridge the next day, but after standing up there for a while, you decided you were ready to try it today. I stood in front of you and held your hands and slowly we made our way across. You were very pleased with yourself when you reached the other end. Later on in the day you were ready to give the bridge another go with Tania. We brought out the video camera for you to share your experience with your Mum and Dad and friends at school. Wow Jonathan - you went across the bridge twice with Tania and the second time you went across all by yourself. You were so happy you jumped off the boxes one by one and then ran and jumped confidently into the sandpit. What great climbing Johnathan!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
On our first day back at Kindergarten this term, we visited the Dental Nurse. We went to check out the clinic and see what happens at the Dentist. We sat in the waiting room and then quietly went into the clinic. Anya, Olivia, Nellie and Noah all choose to sit in the dentist chair. When you visit the Dental Nurse you will get to wear a cool pair of glasses. These protect your eyes from the bright light that she shines on your teeth. The Dental Nurse uses a small mirror and as scraper to check your teeth. She said that we should brush our teeth twice a day - before we go to bed and after we have eaten our breakfast. We should use as much toothpaste as the size of a pea. When we have finished brushing our teeth we should either spit or swallow our tooth paste - but not rinse because we need all the flouride we can get in Northland (as we don't have any in our water). She also suggested that we let an adult clean our teeth once a day so they can get all the nitty gritty food out from the back and behind our teeth. We were so lucky after our visit to the Dental Nurse - she gave us all a stamp (motorbike or butterfly) and a sticker.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Jack wanted to create an aeroplane with the mobilo. So with the help of a card he found all the pieces he needed and together we found the attachments and began creating. When finished, Jack set another goal for himself - he wanted to build a helicopter! After working on these creations, Jack exclaimed "Take a video, and we can put it on the blog"
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Here are the photos as contributed by teachers, parents and children alike...
When Tracey, from Geraldine Kindergarten, brought Manaia Kindergarten their painting, we were so impressed we thought we would also have a try at putting together a painting about our area. Although work on this has begun, it is a work in progress and our ideas continue to develop. As you can see, there is huge potential, and the process will be revisited in the new term.
So - have you visited the Whangarei Heads? Are you a resident, a visitor, or would you like to come to our place. We love our place. What about you?
Friday, July 4, 2008
Today we read a story at mat time called "I will not ever never eat a Tomato" - it is about a little girl Lola who will not eat lots of vegetables and her big brother Charlie trys different ways to encourage her to try. Lola doesn't like mashed potato but when she trys out cloud fluff all the way from Mount Fuji she decides it is delicious!! At the end of the book I remembered we had vegetables left from our boil up and wondered what we could make with those... after lots of thinking and playing around with names we decided on "Mount Manaia Mash!" A team of helpers got together to peel and chop the vegetables. (We are becoming so skilled at this!) Then, after the veges were cooked another team worked on mashing them together. Finally at mat time we got to eat our Mount Manaia Mash. YUM YUM - everyone tried our mash and we had plenty of Mmmmm delicious - heard around Kindergarten. Excellent work team and well done everyone for trying out our mash. Do you remember what vegetables we used?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We have been celebrating Matariki - the rise of the Seven Stars in the east - the Pleiades cluster - the start of the Maori New Year. We have read the story about Matariki, and how Maori remember those who have passed and look to the future. Matariki is a time to get the soil ready and plant food for the future. Everybody at kindergarten is enjoying the celebrations!! We have heard great legends about Maui and his big fish. We learned the we live on the tail of the giant sting ray that is Te Ika a Maui (the north island of New Zealand). We have been learning some of the movements of a variety of Haka and the te reo (maori language) that goes with the haka. Everyone joined in creating poi (as seen in the moive below) and what a fantastic resource these have been as we discover the movements and words of Poi E. We are looking forward to our trip around the Whangarei Heads on a bus to learn more about our area and the Maori legends and history behind Mt Manaia.
(Check out our previous Poi making experiences on our Kindergarten Blog and how our skills have developed - also shown on our Kindergarten Blog)
Monday, May 26, 2008
Did you see the Four Peak Mountains? Do you remember the name of the river that runs through Geraldine? And all the children of Geraldine.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
We are practicing our fundamental movement skills. Today we were concentrating on the two handed strike using noodles as our hitting instruments. We blew up balloons (some of us had a lot of puff and some of us had none!) and Kim helped us to tie them up at different heights. We had turns at hitting the balloons and some of them even POPPED! We tried working with partners to hit the balloons backwards and forwards to each other. We will continue to focus on our fundamental movement skills in our play at Kindergarten.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Maybe you can teach your parents at home!