Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sam's rugby boots

A Nelson author and friend to a number of our kindergarten families came to kindergarten to share her book, Sam's rugby boots.

Kirsten Taylor read to the children whilst they had lunch and they were captivated by the story of Sam wanting to play rugby and the dilemma of having to have the finest of gear.

It is a very well written story and Kirsten was generous in leaving us a signed copy to continue to share with the children and bookmarks which have her website on it. Click the link below to find out more about the story and Kirsten.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Afternoon children visit the gym.

As if the bus ride into town was not exciting enough by itself, the children had a great time exploring and challenging themselves on the equipment at the Nelson Intermediate Gym.

 The foam pit of course is a great hit with children jumping from the trampoline or off higher platforms!

The rope swing and the rings also proved to a challenge many children had a go on.

The children have a variety of physical challenges within the playground at kindergarten and this is supported and enhanced by visiting the gym where different equipment, challenges and risks are available to the children.  Often the gym sessions are not available to the afternoon group due to the gyms timetable so we were veyr pleased to be able to visit this term. The teachers were very impressed at the way children challenged themselves and managed themselves in a new environment and with many different adults.                 Ka pai tamariki.

Monday, October 31, 2011

How to protect our ears

Today we had a visit from Bridgette from the Hearing Association. Bridgette showed us how loud noises damage the hairs inside our ears and how these can never be repaired.

The best advice was for children to wear ear muffs when attending events such as stock cars and concerts. Where there are no ear muffs and the children are unable to control the noise they were advised to walk away.
We have heard and seen the children put this into practice by saying " I am going to walk away, this is too loud."

The hairs in our ears stand up and wave around to the noise but when it is too loud they are squashed down and do not stand up again. The children were given pipe cleaners to use to imitate this process. Did you know that your ears can only handle loud ipod music through headphones for 15 minutes before you damage your hearing

The children then placed different sounds - represented by weighted boxes onto a sound metre to see how damaging they are to your hearing. Did you know a squealing pig is no good for our hearing!

Have you noticed the traffic light sound box on our kindergarten wall? Teachers purchased this to help children learn to self manage the noise they and others are making and to become aware of the effects it has on others.