Friday, August 6, 2010

What have the teachers been up to?

Lynne, Margie, Sue, Mary and Sue have been involved in alot of professional development throughout the year. More recently we ran a very successful Web 2 workshop (on a Saturday), for teachers from other kindergartens and other early childhood centres in Nelson, Blenheim and even one from Australia (she was here visiting).

What have we done - an evening at the Nelson Museum with the Nayland Primary teachers on the Treaty of Waitangi,
-a workshop with a visiting music and movement teacher,
-Margie is going to present to a group of 2nd year student teachers
 - we are all attending a team workshop on the “Art of Facilitation”, which will be followed up by visits from the instructors, to observe us in action.
-We are also organising a “Creativity Conference” for our Nelson Kindergarten Association and hope to have 120 people attending in September.
-We will be attending Ulearn 2010 in October during the term break.  Margie and Lynne will be presenting a workshop to other teachers from right across the education sectors, and Sue, Mary and Sue tell us that they will cook the tea. (Well, we have got news for them!)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fish, Fish and More Fish!

Over the past couple of weeks children have been making fish for the wall, giving them more ownership of Fish philosophy and bringing it to the fore again. Some wonderful fish were made using colourful dyes, children referring to a book for ideas about what type of fish they would like to make. This led to lots of thinking and discussion about shape, size, colour, and the various features of the fish. This week more fish were created using sheets of under-painted paper and black felts. Some children were content just to help with the under-painting of the paper while others explored both that process and the drawing of fish and other creatures. So do check out the fish wall in the blue room. And if your child comes home with a special fish it means that they have been a kind friend and made someone's day.