Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spring Seed Sowing.

Kaiako Sue, Abby and Donna got busy with a group of afternoon children sowing seeds for our spring garden. Watch the garden to see what happens next. If you are interested in gardening, and have even half an hour to share we would love for you to come join us caring for our garden . Just chat to one of the teachers if you are keen.

Cracker Jim the story teller

Storyteller Jim Henderson from Palmerston North came to share his stories and puppets with the afternoon children.  Being a farmer Jim is keen to share  with New Zealand  children, the pleasures and challenges of farm life. We have purchased one of his books for the kindergarten library.

A story about Princesses.

The large white board and an understanding and familiarity with print and its uses, was an invitation for collaborative story writing today. The girls drew up columns and the writing flowed as their story about Princesses unfolded.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A water conservation project with children.

How can teachers and children develop responsible habits in the use of water??

Our parents as teachers

The teachers really value family and whanau sharing their expertise at kindergarten too, especially in the area of the visual arts.  The children can watch Cassie's Mum creating a piece of art using the same tools, resources and art language that is available to them each day.  It is also exciting to see how children then borrow some of these ideas to create their own unique piece of art work.


A group of boys have been riding their bikes at kindergarten everyday for the last 2-3 terms, so we decided it was time to explore some tracks outside the kindergarten gate.  After some innovative biking track designs in the kindergarten playground and through the sandpit we decided it was time to visit the BMX track.  What an amazing morning out with many of our parents coming along to help out. The boys rode like champions for 1 hour, we had to set up a drink station for refueling as they just kept going.  It was exciting to see them tackling some very challenging slopes and challenge themselves to ride with such perseverance and determination.

We have also ventured out onto the Railway Reserve to explore some of our local tracks close by kindergarten.

We never quite made it along to the end of the track on the first day as the weather became a bit icy and wet so the next day so we decided to walk to the track and test the track for safety. 

It is always fun to discover the places and spaces nearby kindergarten together with friends,and we will soon head back on our bikes to test these slopes.

Learning about Geodes

Thanks to one of our morning families we had an opportunity to find out about geodes, we all gathered around to see what wonders would be inside when we hit it with the hammer.  The shiny crystals were clear, sparkly and almost diamond like as the sun shone down on it.  The geode broke into several pieces and we all had an opportunity to touch it and observe it up close.