Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Year that Was - 2011

What a year of learning and growing. Manaia children coped with big changes this year. There were fantastic community highs, and real 'light bulb' moments for children. Learning together, helping eachother through difficult times, learning to learn alongside others who may be different from ourselves, finding firm friendships - soul mates. The teaching team changed but the passion for providing children with quality learning opportunities continued. We hope you all have fantastic and safe holiday adventures. We look forward to seeing you back at the end of January 2012 for another brilliant year of learning, growing and working together. "May the children of the future find a way to grow knowing love and hope - We will help you through, Forever Strong that's what we want for you....." With kind permission from Monquie Rhodes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kia Ora, Hello and Salaam from Al Shatha Kindergarten. We are located in a small desert town,in Abu Dhabi Emirate in the Middle East. I am an ex NZ kindy teacher currently employed by Abu Dhabi Government to help modernise teaching strategies in our kindergarten and to develop childrens English language skills. Our kindergarten is working towards becoming more child centred so your blog is a great opportunity for my Arab co-teacher to see a NZ kindergarten environment and emergent curriculum in operation. Thank you for sharing your awesome learning with the rest of the world!
Also, would your children and teachers be interested in connecting with our kindergarten class of 4 year olds via blogs, web cam and Skype to share about our kindergarten learning experiences? I would need to get permission from parents and our kindergarten/government administrators first so it is just an idea to be explored at this stage. We have had a 5 year old class at the kindergarten connect up with an American 5 year old class, so it is possible permission will be granted once a few ground rules have been established. If teachers, children & parents are interested I will follow up how to get permission from the authorities and parents here. I think it would be a great opportunity for our children to see a different culture and way of learning. Our children are all Emirati and we follow Islamic values in our kindergarten so it would also be an opportunity for your teachers, children and their families to learn about the culture and kindergarten program here. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
from Lynne