Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Being Kaitiaki

As part of celebrating Seaweek and in support of the maori principle of kaitiakitanga-being good nature guardians, all our kindergarten tamariki headed down to the Kiteone Road Reserve for the morning.
Our nature programme children were keen to share their knowledge telling the other children how to keep themselves safe down at the beach and sharing the types of fun activities they could choose to do.
On our walk down to the beach several children looked for our special maunga Mount Manaia in the distance, but it was hidden in cloud. Mt Manaia is the special maunga we have written a waiata about.
Once we reached the beach the children spread out and enjoyed a variety of explorations alongside enthusiastic whanau.
Some children chose to create sand sculptures, others hunted for crabs in the mud, or fished off the bridge.
Our kinesthetic explorers explored the mud, jumping, running and splashing and some even chose to use the mud as an art medium painting the mangrove tree trunks!
For morning tea we enjoyed a hot chocolate and home baked biscuits that the tamariki had prepared the day before.
After an action packed morning we headed back up the hill to kindergarten.
It was a great morning of fun exploration in nature learning alongside our kindergarten community and made possible by our fantastic whanau support.Sally

Enjoying the freedom and pure exhilaration of running down the hill

The tamariki vote whether to go to the beach or reserve

Painting the mangroves, great tactile exploration 
Meaningful literacy in action 

Discovering tiny sea creatures to care for 
Enjoying morning tea

 Cause and effect!

Toitū te marae a Tāne
Toitū te marae a Tangaroa
Toitū te iwi
If the world of Tāne (all living things on land) endures
If the marae of Tangaroa (the lakes, rivers and sea) endures
The people endure

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