Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Matariki Visitor and Story

Hello, Its Luca here, said a voice, when I answered the phone today. Can Mum and I come and tell a story to the children today.
It is always a special time when children who have moved on to school return for a visit. When Luca was at home recovering from a cold he thought it would be a good time to come to share a story about Matariki that he and his Mum had been enjoying. Kristin had made some wonderful props, felt fish and a magic net to help her tell the story. The children remembered the story of the seven little star fishes from our telling of it the day before. The story end with the one star that remained nameless so that children can put their name on the star. In this way they will be among friends while they sleep.
Alexis and Mitchell where asked to name the last little star.
Thank you Luca and Kristin for sharing this story with us today.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Quiz Night was a huge success!

Fit, fun and full of energy is the recipe for a fantastic Quiz Night.  All but one is a kindy Mum, dressed for action and all cylinders firing they had a great night together, gaining a prize for the noisiest table.

A bit thank you to Woody for being a fabulous Quiz Master, Gaye, Margie and Cassie's grand dad for being the markers, and our wonderful FLG team who organised such a successful night.

Matariki Celebrations

As Matariki rises in the night sky we are celebrating the time of harvest and the beginning of the Maori new year. We have been sharing stories about the stars of Matariki and preparing and sharing Kai together. Today the children bought along a vegetable to add to delicious soup. We cooked sausages and the children toasted marshmellows on the brazier in the kindergarten playground.

While the fire was being prepared the children helped to illustrate the story of the seven little fishes caught in the fishermans net and rescued by  Tama nui te Ra who took pity on them. He flung them into the sky where they became the stars of Matariki. Six of the stars he named, Tupua nuku, Tupua Rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna o Rangi, Ururangi, and the seventh with no name is for any child to give their name.
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Reduce reuse recycle

Sarah Langi from the Nelson Environment centre has visited us regularly to support us as we work toward our goal of reducing waste in our kindergarten. This morning as she helped us sort through the days rubbish she reminded us that some of our rubbish can be rescued and reused, such as our yoghurt pots, some paper, and plastic containers with the numbers one to  seven on the bottom. The children told her that our food scraps go to the bokashi bin, the compost heap and the worm farm where the worms turn it into soil to feed our plants.  Sadly there is some rubbish that can only go to the landfill because it doesn't break down. This rubbish often turns up in lunch boxes as chippy packets, muesli bar wraps and glad wrap which Sarah calls sad wrap because if it blows around and ends up in our oceans the fish and other sea life can swallow it and die.
The children are learning about ways to care for our kindergarten, each other and our world. Thinking about and taking action about our rubbish is one way we can do this.
Sorting out the paper, plastic which can be rescued and reused and rubbish for the landfill

 Sarah helps the children to count how many pieces of rubbish in
 lunch boxes will go to the landfill, what can be recycled for the compost or worm farm and what can be reused.