Thursday, September 24, 2009

Princess Long Ago

We have been working on making our own music to go with our movie. Here is our first attempt. We used garage band to make the music and our camera for the photos so here it is!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Disco Fever

What an awesome night. It was great for children to experience something different at Kindergarten - Kindergarten at night!! We had a fantastic turnout. Thanks to the wonderful families who pitched in to make this event happen and happen so successfully. Children were able to explore their moves. We had read the book "Hemi Dances" at Kindergarten this morning and talked about the different ways we could dance, or be inspired to dance. The loud music and flashing lights helped everyone get in the mood. Children showed their families, brothers and sisters around the kindergarten. Everyone seemed very much at home. There was awesome kai with home made ice cream. In the end we slowed down the evening with a bedtime story. Many children wanted the night to continue forever! Check out the dance moves in this video clip below.

Human Chain

Out on the Whangarei Heads today, around the Marine Reserve of Reotahi, there took place an historic event. A Human Chain was formed to send a message to boaties from all around - Our Marine Reserve needs to be protected! Some of our children from Manaia Kindergarten took part in this event. You can find out more about the Reotahi Human Chain via this news link - TV One News

Back at Kindergarten we talked about the Human Chain; How it was created, What it meant, and what it might look like. We decided to join in spirit with our brothers, sisters, family and friends who were at Reotahi, and form our own Human Chain. We created a chain of protection and aroha around our new formed vegetable garden. We held hands and sung songs of love. We talked about the need to protect our garden, give to our garden, and enjoy our garden - and then it too may give to bountifully to us.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Skyping our Friends

A few weeks ago we skyped our friend Sari, in her new Kindergarten in Nelson. Click on the page below to see the photos and read the story.

Soon after skyping Sari, we had a skype call from Tania. Tania pops in to visit every now and then between her trips to Auckland as Facilitator for the ECE ICT PL programme. When she can't make it to Manaia, she skypes. The children are maintaining their relationship with her, and chat to her about their plans with ease. Skyping is just the way we talk to our distant friends these days.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Isla's Kiwi

Isla you were so lucky to go on a school trip to the Kiwi House. We have been talking alot about native birds especially Kiwi. Unfortunately we could not come with you Isla but it was great that you have shared your photo's and story about the Kiwi with all of us.

Monday, September 14, 2009

TJ hits Australia

During the month of August, TJ and his family took a holiday to Australia. What an amazing opportunity to have new and different experiences. TJ and his family look like they had a wonderful time and they took heaps of photos. Here is the movie TJ created using many of his photos. Talk about persistance TJ - there were so many photos, of so many wonderful experiences that it took two sittings to create the movie. Check it out and see what an awesome job TJ did creating his movie.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Drum Band

Today we experimented with creating a movie and music. Cameron and Izaak were keen to play the drums. Cam gave us an amazing beat to work with. We put this track down first and then Izaak came up with his own cool drum beat to add. We also put in a cow bell and cymbals. Leeanne took some photos. Our editing needs a little work but for a first attempt I think we did well. Hope you enjoy our Drum Band.!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Our Cross Country

What an awesome day at Cross Country. Thank you to Parua Bay School for sharing their fields with us. Thank you to the PB School children for supporting us, and joining in the fun with a couple of races. And thanks awesomely to all the parents for being such good sports - supporting, marshalling, and running!

What amazing Kindergarten runners we have. Everyone who started the race, finished the race. We learnt about persevering, picking ourselves up when we fell, trying our hardest, and being good sports. What amazing lessons. It was great to have so many people supporting us. The sun was shining, the ground almost dry (from weeks of rain), and a cool wind to cool us down. We also have ice blocks to round off the day.

Check out our movie and all the great running and the bunch of certificates at the end.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Preparing for our Cross Country

There has been much excitement as we prepare for our Cross Country race. This week we have been practicing at home, practicing at kindergarten and learning to warm up and warm down. Check out our practice runs and tomorrow you can catch the REAL Cross Country running which will happen at Parua Bay School. We look forward to having huge support from family and friends and even our buddies from school will be there to cheer us on.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Nialls Worm Farm

Niall what a fantastic worm farm you made. Thanks for sharing your worm farm with us.


Gardening can be so much fun. Most of the children have enjoyed getting involved in all the processes that are involved with growing fruit and vegetables. We started by talking about what we needed in our raised boxes, like dirt, compost etc, before we could start planting. In the short time between filling them up and planting our first palnts weeds had decided that they would like to grow in our boxes too!! so out with the weeds and in with the plants. We have started with strawberry plants and have started to raise seeds in egg trays to plant out. We have also just planted some flowers and have been discussing companion planting. We encourage anyone with spare time or magic green fingers to come and work alongside the children. We have many more seeds to plant and lots of room. This is also a fabulous opportunity for the children to grow their own healthy food to eat, I wonder what will be the first plant to produce food? Watch this space we will keep you updated. From the team at Manaia Kindergarten.