Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The wharenui is near completion

The walls are on, thanks to Tala and a number of children who helped bang in the tag nails to hold on the bamboo cladding. It is now time for the roof and the placement of the kowhaiwhai panels to be completed and we will have our new permanent wharenui (meeting house).
The children have been learning their waiata to be ready for the powhiri and also several children have begun learning the karanga to call our visitors onto our marae.

Lucy has made a sign reminding the children of the tikanga of the wharenui which are no shoes, no water and no food. At our place it also means no sand or mud.


The wharenui signifies a greater journey for the tamariki and kaiako of Nayland Kindergarten as we strengthen our te reo through the daily recital of our mihimihi and srengthen our use of te reo throughout our day. What a journey and what a celebration. Watch this space to see the wharenui completed and the powhiri which we will share with our community including Nayland Primary, especially past tamariki and their whanau and Akomanga wha - Room 4 and Kaiako Nicky Mason for all their teaching and support of our journey.

Check out earlier posts on this blog about our first wharenui and is you would like to learn more te reo and tikanga around this event and in everyday practice.

Lines LInes Lines

Kaiako Sue Matthews has ignited an interest with children and teachers in lines and spider webs after watching the amazing video " Our Creative Children."  The children have been experimenting and creating with string, wool, sticks, paint and beads. The art work is stunning and in many different forms.

Take a look at the movie below and see the provocation for some of our  art work over the past three weeks.

Dancing with the stars

We love to dance and dance at Nayland Kindergarten whether it be inside or out. Lady Gaga is a favourite and she is often choosen by both the boys and girls.  Of late we have created a stage in the blue room where we have audiences to show our techniques and artistic abilities to. So if you have a spare few minutes come and have a boogie with us. 

Music and dance are core elements of our curriculum and fit within the teaching teamʼs belief in the importance of creativity in childrenʼs learning and development. Musical research tells us that movement is important for brain development and visual ability. Research also tells us that children who are capable movers become confident people. Children’s ability to move their bodies and manipulate it are essential skills in learning about direction and spacial awareness. These are critical skills that are then transferred to the learning of symbols such as letters and their formation. Children need to have control of their torso, shoulders and arms before they master the ability to control finger movement.