Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wombat stew

Holly brought her book of Wombat stew in to us on Wednesday. Today we decided to make our own Wombat stew and to act the story out. We had lots of fun choosing our ingredients and we made some really yucky stews!! Once we had mixed it all up adding lots of water and sand, we tried a re-enactment of the story. Holly was our "very clever dingo" and Isla nad Niall and Wyatt played some of the animals. We had lots of fun and got to practise using expression and remembering lines. We hope you enjoy our video of "Wombat stew".
We have been working lately with storytelling and acting plays out - these are great activities for developing confidence and increasing our range of language. Using this sort of communication for fun events helps us to increase our vocabulary, it stretches our imagination, and stimulates ourcreativity.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Making Ice-Cream

Today Sheelagh offered to make ice-cream with the children. Niall was very excited about this! Thanks Sheelagh for coming and making ice-cream with us. We had been given some duck eggs to use so we tried them out in our ice-cream, we had a talk about those eggs and fortunately Niall knew that they would look the same as other eggs on the inside. We learned all sorts of things about mixing our ingredients, measuring out the right amounts, watching those ingredients transform into something delicious. We also got to practice taking turns, and of course it tested our patience because ice-cream takes a while to freeze, so we are going to eat it tomorrow. Mmmm I am looking forward to tomorrow! Check out our movie.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cedric makes a movie!!

Cedric took the camera home for the first time and came back to kindergarten with heaps of photos. You really enjoyed creating your movie, Cedric.What an amazing smile when you heard your voice come back through the speakers after recording. What an awesome movie Cedric and what a wonderful place you live in.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jonathon and Jakobs big adventure

What an exciting time you two had. We decided to make a movie out of your photo's. You talked really well in the movie Jakob and Jonathon. You knew just when to give your brother a turn. Great working together guys. I really enjoyed your movie. To see what we are talking about watch the movie of Jonathon and Jakobs big day out!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Auckland/Central North Island Regional Hui

Beverly and Dee at work on Saturday at the Auckland/Central North Island Regional Hui. Beverly and Dee presented a workshop, inspiring other Teachers by sharing our blogging journey, showcasing the amazing skills of the children at Manaia Kindergarten. They also had the opportunity to learn from other Teachers and I am sure will come back to Kindergarten on Monday with more exciting learning opportunities and skills to share with you all:-) Ask them for a demonstration of Garageband! I can't wait to see where this takes you all this week. I can imagine a Manaia Band.... We are coming to the end of our 3 year ECE ICT Professional Learning contract and it is very sad that this was our last regional hui. These Hui's have provided us with an amazing opportunity to learn so many new skills as well as network with a wide range of like minded Teachers. We certainly appreciate the facilitation and support we have received from Naketa Ferguson, and CORE Education while being a part of this project. We are so lucky that ICT is firmly embedded in our curriculum at Manaia Kindergarten and that we have had such amazing support from our children, whanau and community.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Goldilocks and the three bears

Today was a wet day, at mat time we talked about what we could do on such a rainy day. We came up with the idea of enacting Goldilocks and the three bears. We got our props organised and had plenty of willing actors to take on the roles. Watch our video to see what we did!
When we act stories out children are developing communication skills, some of our shy children become bold and confident when they take these roles on. Acting also assists in the development of memory and of course we had lots of fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lucky the Lamb

Lucky the Lamb came with Flynn to visit us at Kindergarten. It was great fun to have Lucky with us this morning we learned a lot about Lucky from you Flynn. Thanks for sharing Lucky with us Flynn.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Apple Crumble

Niall had been talking to Robyn about apple crumble. We decided to make some. Last term we did a lot of baking scones and this term we thought we would venture into some other sorts of baking. It is always good for us to have to work through a process to get something done. This teaches us about the many steps involved in baking for instance. We get to practise waiting, turn taking and contributing as a team to make something. We also get to learn about measuring and mixing and trying out tastes, some of us thought that the lemon would make it sour but surprisingly no it did not. We watched the sultanas get fat and juicy.
We certainly enjoyed eating our work!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A rabbit OR a duck??? What do you think???

Check out this clever ABC

Click on the link below to see what can be done with the letters... Let me know what your favourite letter is after you have watched them all...