Monday, August 25, 2014

Daltons Sunflower Competition.

We have joined in a nationwide competition, growing Skyscraper Sunflowers.
Daltons kindly sent us pots, seeds, seed trays, seed raising mix and compost. During the past week many children have been busy helping to plant out our seeds.  We have also bought a mini greenhouse to germinate the seeds in.  Children will help to water and care for these, and I am sure they will watch their progress with great interest.  Taking part in this competition is another way of providing children with hands on experiences in learning about kaitiakitanga - caring for our environment.  The excitement so far has been fabulous and several children already check the pots daily to see if anything has happened.  Come and take a look for yourselves next time you drop off your child, and of course you can check their  progress right here on the blog. Ka kite ano.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

An Amazing Opportunity

We are very excited to be presenting a workshop at the Educational Leadership Conference in Hamilton in October 2014.  Read our brief, we are privileged to celebrate our boys.

Lynne Paul & Margie Meleisea - Front Framing Boys For Success!

Keeping boys in the front frame!!!!   Using dispositional learning to support boys to be successful as they navigate the complexity of learning.
Learning Stories provide a vehicle for teachers to unpack the importance of play for boys in an environment that affords them the places, spaces and time to develop an understanding of themselves as successful learners.  The teachers at Nayland Kindergarten encourage boys to move to learn, to struggle with difficulty, to set themselves goals and negotiate the complex web of social relationships.
To afford boys an environment that supports them to be successful learners demands a strong ethos of reflective teamwork and an environment that invites, stimulates and challenges boys to engage and lock onto learning.
This is our story at Nayland Kindergarten about keeping boys in the front frame.... keeping learning real, relevant and responsive.

About Lynne & Margie

Margie and I have worked together for over 8 years at Nayland Kindergarten, we both share a passion for “boys as successful learners”.  During this time we have engaged in a 3 year research project with Core Education and the Ministry of Education which highlighted the role of ICT in children’s creativity through the visual arts.  This amazing opportunity highlighted boys passions for technology as a tool for learning and boys as literate visual artists.  Further research 2 years later with Core Education highlighted boys as being highly successful literate and e-literate learners.  
Together we have presented our research a number of times at Ulearn conferences, at a Wintec Arts Conference and at a Reggio Emilio Conference.
We are excited to be able to celebrate boys as successful learners and we are always out there looking for opportunities to further our learning and to share our passions, interests and spirits with who ever wants to listen.