Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Facepainting - You Gotta’ Love It!

There are different kinds of face painting we subscribe to at Manaia Kindergarten. One kind is where some talented members of our community offer to share their skills and transform the faces of our children. The children delight in the transformations produced and the admiring comments of others. Another kind of face painting is the voyage of learning and discovery children undertake when they paint their own faces. Looking into a mirror they employ careful eye hand control and fine motor grip to create a desired line or shape on a particular part of their face. They work with purpose and increasing confidence. They choose and mix colours from a palette to achieve their desired effect. Some children wipe off and try again several times as they work towards their vision or just to explore what is possible.

In the following slide show the children show us what is possible and how good this kind of creative expression can feel.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Mud Mud Glorious Mud

Welcome to term 3 Manaia Kindergarten playground!! Its raining. Its poured today. And there's MUD - mud mud everywhere. Mud is great fun. It's a very tactile experience to wallow in mud. Mud reacts differently to wet sand, clay, water, dirt. Mud sticks. Mud splashes. You can sink into mud. You can squelsh mud. See the excitement and learning taking place - in the mud!

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Monkey Bar Champions

Hayley "Beverly, can you take lots of photos of me doing all of the Monkey Bars and put it on the computer so that I can see it on my computer at home?"
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Certainly, Hayley. What a star. You have such confidence on the bars and you were even trying out new tricks to show. You know how to share your work with your family, who are so interested in all that you do at Kindergarten and are very involved in your education. I'm sure they will be very proud to see your skills and maybe even challenge you further.

It was great to do this alongside your friend James. James you have learnt how to do the monkey bars with confidence. Maybe you can work alongside Hayley to learn how to do the monkey bars up hill.

On the monkey bars we have to think of so many things to do at the same time. We practice co-ordination - moving different limbs at the same time to do different things. We strengthen our muscles, particularly our arm muscles, but also have to think about what are legs are doing too. And we have to take a risk. When we first begin we have to trust that our arms can hold our bodies and learn how to fall safely when our arms are tired. We learn to persevere - to practice and try and practice again. No wonder these children are called our Monkey Bar Champions!!