Friday, November 21, 2014

Sharing our story with Room 14 Nayland Primary

Some of the children wrote a story about a monster who chased their families and tried to eat them. They added detailed pictures to the story and our student teacher, Natalie, made this awesome storybook. We took the book to school to share. The school children gave some feedback to the girls saying they liked the pictures and the story was funny.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Life is an experiment!! How better to learn!

When you mix curiosity with metacognition, what do you get?

So what might happen when the yellow and blue dye walk up the paper??

What happened when we mixed the cornflour and boiling water mixture into two bowls and added yellow and blue?

What happened when we used the foot bellows pump, a hose, a funnel, some red bubbly water and lots of energetic children?

What travels faster?  Corrugated card on a slide or a sledge loaded with children being assisted down a slope?

Wondering is addictive and so is childhood.  Let the children play, that is how innovation happens. Thinking, planning, and experimenting drive learning.
You might wonder too who are the adults and who are the children in this place!

Gardening time again

We have harvested the few vegetables left in our garden and now it is time to plant again.   My helpers soon arrived to pick, clean and cut them ready for cooking.

The children know exactly where our garden waste goes... into the compost.

The children and teachers talked about what we could plant and with some very generous help from families and offers of plants and seeds our garden has come alive again.

During the morning it rained to settle the plants in and to tempt the children out.  I love the vibrant colours and the wonderful energy of the children and plants connecting in our garden.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Visiting Summerset Retirement Village

What an amazing morning with a group of twenty children working with some of the elderly members of our community drawing and sharing stories, sharing kai and then performing with some amazing singing and dancing. Thanks to our wonderful parents who came with us on the bus for the morning.
                        “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
Tia Walker

Favourite  songs were shared - Wash your face with orange juice, Mrs Bunny and The Magic Playdough were just a few of our repertoire this morning. Kai pai tō mahi tamariki mā. Great work children.