Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Makin Maps of treasure

Hayley, Hagen, Meika, Quinn C and Erin - Writing and drawing symbols that represent our kindergarten playground. Renee sat on the box, looking out over the kindergarten and reported back about what she saw, before this video was created.
This be our treasure map and there be treasure on our map. We all had to read the treasure map to find the treasure. There be much discussion, directional vocabulary! There was some question about the accuracy of the map as it was read and followed - revising, self assessing, coaching, peer assessment, team work and negotiating. We found and hid the treasure many times - creating new maps each day to add to our adventures.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Parua Bay Primary School - Talent Quest

Thanks to Parua Bay Primary School for inviting Manaia Kindergarten to their bi-annual Talent Quest. As Manaia Kindergarten has been right into Pirates, and as the Talent Quest was on International Talk Like a Pirate Day - we just HAD to sing our pirate songs. First we introduced Talk Like a Pirate Day, with the Talk Like A Pirate Day contest song! Congratulations to all the Manaia children who stood up in front of hundreds of families to sing our songs so confidently and enthusiastically.
And we finished with our favourite!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Us Be Pirates

Pirates have takin' ova Manaia Kindergarten.  What is a Pirate you might be askin'. Well here be what we said:
  • They have a hook (Erin), They wear hats (Joel), They have red clothes and some wear pink (Hayley)
  • They only have hooks if crocodiles eat their hands (Olivia),
  • They have a sword (Hagen)
  • They’ve got flags on the pirate boats (Jamie)
  • They have pirate boots (Ema)
  • They have eye patches (Finn)
What they be doin'?
  • They fight pirates and navy’s (Adam)
  • Treasure hunt (Hazel)
  • Pirates have birthdays and birthday cakes. I have a book about them (Renee)

 Are pirates good or bad?

10 children said pirates are good - They say please and thank-you (Jack)
20 said pirates are bad - Pirates steal treasure (Jah), They shoot guns out of helicopters (Quinn),
They cut people with their swords (Joel),
Sometimes they do swim to other boats and they catch other pirates (Oscar)
Some children thought there were good and bad pirates
Benefits of Pirate Play
Dramatic play offers children to chance to step into another role - Children portray elements of their own lives, or explore opposing characteristics that they might not otherwise have a chance to explore. Using their imagination, dramatic play is about the journey of developing a story, in which they are the authors or co-authors. Language development  grows as children explore new vocabulory and sounds. Pirate play brings in literacy as children design maps, creating symbols representing the world around them. Emblems for pirate 'gangs', boats, flags and hats are explored. Pirate play adds elements of risk and danger and throws up questions about fairness, being kind or unkind, how that feels and how to cope and solve problems, what it is like when problems are not solved in a way that is fair. The role playing of pirates is free play, and therefor children can opt in or out according to their interests and level of comfort in 'scary' play. But the challenges are there if they are willing to take the risk, and play alongside others, contributing their ideas and making their fears known when needed. Or they can take on a new persona to overcome their nerve. As the song says "If you're shy and need some nerve - TALK LIKE A PIRATE".
The great song we have been singing is from the Talk Like A Pirate Day website and is written by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. We have changed the words slightly for the children at Kindergarten. These are the words we learnt....
If ye be a lucky lad - talk like a pirate (x3)
Its talk like a pirate day.
If ye be a lively lass - talk like a pirate (x3)
Its talk like a pirate day.
For one day a year, we get to talk like buccaneer
We shout "A HOY" and "HEAVE TO"
So join our pirate crew.
If you're shy and need some nerve (x3)
Talk like a pirate day.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Quinn tells the story of Butterfly Creek

What a cool story Quinn. You have told your story so clearly. You obviously had a great time at Butterfly Creek this weekend.

Check out Quinn's story - and leave him a message.

Quinn told his story on the ipad, using the app SonicPics. This is such a great app for story telling - easily loading photos, one press to record, and then the children can swipe across the photos while telling their story. Movies are saved into the library, or emailed to friends, family - or the blog.

Our new policeman hats

The arrival of new resources has been a hit. It's good to know we now have trusty police at kindergarten - wonder what work they will be doing?

If people are drinking or driving the policeman will pull them over and give them a ticket - Quinn

They put people away. They put them in the dungeon - Hayley

If people have been very fast they will put them in jail. If they are running at kindergarten they will tell the teachers. - Jack

If they'd been naughty they'll put them in jail - Jah.