Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kiwi Artist inspires our tamariki 10/12/14

A huge thanks to Heather Hunt who gave up her morning to come and share her Backyard Kiwi signs and kiwi illustrations from 'Kiwi, the real story'. Heather talked to us a bit about the Backyard Kiwi project at the Whangarei Heads and then mentored some of our keen artists in how she sketches kiwi.
Heather currently has an exhibition of her artwork at Newday Café in Parua Bay with all proceeds going to the Backyard Kiwi Project.
Heather told us about the different ways kiwi move, how they protect themselves and that Dad is the main caregiver after Mum lays her egg.
 Grace told Heather she has kiwi at her house
 Oliver worked out different ways he could protect his sign from the elements creating a plastic cover
 Devon wanted to create a post for his sign
 Some great theories and questions about why there are kiwi signs at the heads
 Theo was very proud of his kiwi and wanted to show Mum as soon as she arrived.
 Scott talked about how he can hear kiwi at his house.
 Heather showed us how she goes over her outline several times adding extra detail each time.Look at that wonderful concentration, ka pai tamariki.
 Scarlett, a very keen artist was very focussed on her kiwi outline alongside artist friend Madison
 Our Kiwi exhibition at Manaia Kindergarten with new artwork arriving daily!
A small message from Heather Hunt:
"With the annual summer influx of visitors Backyard Kiwi are raising awareness locally about the number of wild kiwi free ranging around the Whangarei Heads Peninsula- over 700!!
The much loved Backyard Kiwi signs dotted around the district are an indication that there are kiwi living nearby – we urge local and visitors, to:  tie your dogs up at night time and watch out for kiwi on the roads you might just see a live kiwi and save kiwi lives!

There is Backyard Kiwi Exhibition at Newday Cafe (Parua Bay Shopping centre) until the 5th of January. The Free Range Kiwi reflective sign and kiwi prints are on display along with lots of information about the Backyard kiwi Project. Please encourage people to take their visitors to see this and visit the backyard kiwi website"

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our growing baby chickens

Our broody hen sat on the eggs for over 21 days and what a surprise it was when three gorgeous chicks hatched on the 10th of November. A few days later the children were able to experience holding them carefully. This sparked many questions and beautiful pieces of artwork as they created their own representations of the chicks with pastels, paint, collage and clay.
Three days old

I'm gorgeous



Scarlett and Oliver "He's so cute."

Safe with our Mum


Madison's artwork

Scarlett's artwork

Lily's artwork

Having some free range time.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Experiencing Drainlaying

Talk about authentic experiential learning! Our day of drainlaying with the Aaron and Shane, the hugely patient crew from Manaia Excavators, was a thoroughly satisfying day for a group of three and four year olds at Manaia Kindergarten.  They asked many thoughtful questions as they watched Aaron and Shane dig with their shovels, pump tanks, sort out drainpipes, and use the big digger to move rocks and dig ditches. Every step of the way,  the children were there with their shovels, diggers and trucks to help out where they could - all the while keeping themselves safe from the big machine!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nature Programme Taster

Yesterday our nature programme kaiawhina(helpers) led a trip down to the Kiteone Road Reserve. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to share their knowledge and the skills they have developed whilst on the nature programme. As we do at the start of each nature trip we got into groups and the children each took turns with the talking ball sharing what they would like to do down at the reserve and one thing they do to keep themselves safe. With the support of our parent helpers we then headed down the path to the beach.
We could see kindergarten from the path
Molly said "I liked taking my Grandad"
Paige said "I was too tired to walk up the hill"

Carys enjoyed some fishing.
Lia said she liked fishing and finding an eel.

We measured how deep the water was in the stream by how far it came up our boots

We enjoyed a game of hide and seek

Harper said he liked playing duck, duck goose!

We found lots of places to hide.
Scarlett liked playing hide and seek.

Zeke liked "fishing and kneeing up the hill"
commando crawling because his legs were tired!

Sofie had fun splashing in the stream.
Zoe also said she liked "splashing in the puddles".

Ooh thick stinking mud. Caleb said he liked "walking in the
water and thumping in the mud"

Thank you to all our fantastic parent helpers and our kaiawhina for sharing all the fun that can be had on the nature programme. We can't wait until it's our turn.Sally

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Volunteer Fire Fighters visit Manaia

On Wednesday 22nd October we invited the local volunteer fire fighters from Whangarei Heads to visit our Kindergarten, as there has been a strong interest with the children role-playing fire fighting. Parua Bay Play-centre families also joined us, which was a wonderful community gathering. The children were all buzzing with excitement. The fire fighters talked to the children about smoke alarms, keeping safe and what to do if there was a fire. Corinne one of our parents put all the equipment on to demonstrate to the children what it would look like to come face to face with a fire fighter. The children then all practiced evacuating from the building by getting low and crawling under a tarpaulin. The children then went outside where they had a turn squirting the fire hose and got to experience what it was like to sit in the fire truck. We would like to thank the fire fighters for taking the time to visit our Kindergarten to educate the children about their important role in the community. This experience connects links with the family and the wider world. Children develop an understanding of the links between the early childhood education setting and the familiar wider world through people (family/whānau, fire fighters), images (fire truck), objects and sounds (smoke alarms) that are the same as at home. Children develop knowledge of the role of the wider world of work and their community, such as the role of fire fighters.
The fire fighters talking about keeping safe, shouting FIRE, FIRE, FIRE and GET OUT, STAY OUT.

Corinne demonstrating what a fire fighter wears.

Practicing getting low and getting out.

Thomas, who is so proud of his dad.
Ed demonstrating how to use the fire hose.