Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'm back from Holiday

Hi Everyone
Nutkin here! I'm back from my holiday. You can check out my movie here or click on my picture on the right of this blog. Look forward to seeing you all next week and hearing your holiday stories too!
Love Nutkin

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Learn to tell the time

Springs Trails Kindergarten children, USA, are learning about clocks and telling the time. Cindy, their teacher, has made a great movie about telling the time. You might like to learn about this too. Watch their movie at Kindergarten Tales

Friday, April 18, 2008

Message from Nutkin

Nutkin says - Have a great 2 week holiday everyone. Rest, Relax - have some adventures and enjoy your family and friends. Nutkin is off on holiday with Tania

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Exploring symbols, letters and words...

Children at Manaia Kindergarten are encouraged to explore art, symbol making and writing through the resources provided. Children need a print rich environment to learn about writing, how it is used (signs, forms, stories, labeling), and why it is used (lists, instructions, conveying a message). Encourage your children to help you with your shopping list, draw maps, read road symbols, etc This way they learn that writing and symbols can be read and understood for many purposes. There are a range of stages children explore when they begin to learn to write. These do not always follow a set pattern and children explore the stages progressively and simultaneously - so it is common that a child who has learned to formulate conventional letters also finds purpose and enjoyment in scribbling and exploring pretend symbols. Watch how Manaia Kindergarten children explore the world of writing.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

10 Apples on Top

What awesomely healthy eaters we have at Manaia Kindergarten. Today Aimee said to Zara "Hey, I've got an apple too" when we were sitting eating out kai. It didn't take long for the rest of the kai eaters to discover 10 more apples in lunch boxes.

Hey - it's great that so many know that...
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.

Keep remembering your 5+ a Day!!
Well Done Manaia Healthy Eaters.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Writing and Drawing at Kindergarten

We have lots of enthusiastic writers and artists at Manaia Kindergarten. We are always learning about letters and sounds. Everyday at mat time we look at the letter on the bean bag and think hard about words starting with that letter. We are all at different stages of learning about writing and are able to learn from each other. We have been thinking about all of the different places we find writing at Kindergarten and in the world! Also, all of the different places we can write at Kindergarten. Sometimes you see children sitting on top of boxes writing, sometimes they are in the family corner writing, at the carpentry table and of course at the art tables. Writing happens all around our Kindergarten! Today we had chalk outside and experimented with drawing and writing on our fence! What an amazing result. Check out our movie of the photos. We are competent artists and writers... We look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


A reminder to everyone about our Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 8th April. We will be learning about blogging and the educational benefits of our blog. We will be working with making movies using Photo Story 3 and will be encouraging movie makers amongst you. If you are interested in setting up your own blog you may like to view the movies below to get you started. We look forward to an informative and social evening.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Upside Down Days at Kindergarten!

Our upside down girls have enjoyed having the monkey bars down low. They have tried lots of new tricks, and seeing the world from a new perspective... it is hard not to find these two upside down these days. Have a look...