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
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".