Friday, September 19, 2008

The Axolotl Eggs

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The other morning we arrived at kindergarten to discover the Axolotl tank full of axolotl eggs.
Our two axolotls had been very busy! An axolotl can lay anywhere from 300 to 1100 eggs in one spawning! They are coated in a gelatinous coat which sticks to the surfaces inside the tank, and is absolutely revolting to touch! However the children were very intrigued. We had to clean the tank out because they were everywhere. Hatching and growing baby axolotls requires time and attention and is not suitable at this time of year because we are heading towards the christmas holiday break, it is something we will consider in the new year. In the mean time we have taken away their light in order to keep the water tempurature down to reduce the chance they will try again!

We had them muddled up too! Our female is the dark one and our male is the light/white one.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our Fish









The children have been very active this week using the kindergarten camera's around our enviornment and at home. This is a photo Cameron took of our blackmore fish at kindy this morning. It was such a great shot i had to share it with you all.


Abby.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Aragorn's Kitten Shreke

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On Tuesday afternoon we were lucky enough to have Aragorn and his mum bring in Aragorn's cat Shreke. She was beautiful, the children had an opportunity to pat her while Aragorn's mum explained where she came from, how she likes to be held, and how much she loves children.
The Tamariki really enjoyed meeting her. Thank you so much to Aragorn's mum, Aragorn and Shreke for coming to visit us at kindergarten and sharing your family pet.

Renee's animal family



Renee was very excited to share her photos this morning on bring your pet to kindergarten day!
Great phots that she shared with the children at mat time of Kiwi her grey cat,Joe the dog who went hunting with her and Larry her white cat. Renee even documented her own photograhy of the photos to share on the blog with everyone (on the Right)"I'll take my own photos". Sally our reliever had seen Renee's blog with her nana who works at another kindergarten very cool!!!!! Thanks for bringing them in to share Renee.

Tyne's Cool Cat and Gelayahs Octopus




Tyne created a cat for bring a pet to kindergarten day. It was awesome.


Mum helped me make it. I painted the face on it and helped ti stick its face on.


We loved the fur on Tynes cat it felt so soft just like our zebra blanket! Thanks for making the effort guys we appreciate it.


Gelayah aslo contributed by making an octopus at home with her family and sharing it with the tamariki at mat time today awesome work Gelayah.


Hannah's Cat





Make your own pet and bring it to kindergarten Day.
Today Hannah shared her pet at mat time to the children. She described the butterflies as the cats ears - butterfly ears! The whiskers and tail were the same materials.
My mummy put some spots on it and my dad put the ears in , the whiskers in and the legs in and my daddy put the tail in too. He put all the hard things in for me.
I painted it. There was two eyes, a nose and a mouth. I got the box from my gagarge for my mail and my cat to rest in.
Hannah made a beautiful picture on paper of two cats sealed in an envelope for us to open.
Great working together as a family to achieve a special sharing momnet for Hannah. Thanks guys!!!
The picture at the top was taken by Jahrome a friend of Hannah's exploring the camera and its uses LOL

Friday, September 12, 2008

Rhode Street School Visit

Here are just a few photo's from our visit to Rhode Street School on wednesday. We had a great time exploring Miss Ryan's classroom and all the fun things she had for us to do, along with playing on the school playground. We visited the new library and Miss Ryan read us a story. We made it back to kindergarten just in time to beat the weather!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Hi Kodi!

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Hi Kodi we thought this would be a great way for us all to say hello to you. We hope your leg is feeling better and we will see you soon because we miss you! Take care and enjoy the video just for you. Ally

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Room 9 and Miss Ryan from Rhode Street School

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We are so lucky to have a great relationship with Miss Ryan at Rhode Street School. She makes time to regularly vist the tamariki at Grasslands Kindergarten building relationships in preparation for school. It is an fantastic opportunity for her children to revisit their time and friends at kindergarten when she brings children with her and great for our children to catch up and find out about school from their friends. Next week on the 10th September we have a recriprocal visit to Rhode Street School by the Grasslands Kindergarten children.

We are developing a transition to school video for you with the help of Miss Ryan and her children who have been busy videoing all the things that they think is important for our children to know about school....watch this space!!!!!

Pungawerewere

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A few weeks ago we had Anita with us and I recently discovered some videos that I meant to put up but hadn't got around to it so here they are.

A great learning moment for everyone and lots of fun! Ally

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Ngaikiha Jam Tin Walking!!!!

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Ngaikiha what an achievement. You had been practising earlier on the jam stilts walking and balancing. When you headed for the steps I thought oh no but I didn't stop you because I figured if you thought you could do it you would. My heart was in my mouth following you up the steps with one hand out ready to catch you!!!! What a risk taker you have become at kindergarten. Your confidence in yourself and exploring the environment has grown immensly. We are very proud of you. Ally

Monday, September 1, 2008

Welcome to our new Friends Bill and Ben AXOLOTLES Mexican Walking Fish























Our new friends Bill and Ben have arrived at Grasslands Kindergarten. Abby's mum has had them at her kindergarten in Tokoroa and sent the boys to be with us....thankfully Abby is a great mum to them and will keep a close eye on them. They will become more active in the warmer monthe in the water and are a treat to watch feed. They don't have very good manners and snatch their food quite quickly!!!!! We have a book by them if you are interested in finding out more.





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This was really exciting to observe the children exploring the blog through their own initiation. They have the knowledge and the skills to move the mouse around and make choices on what they are wanting to watch, revisiting their learning and cementing the knowledge. Awesome!!!!As you can see the Ruben visit was a great success and really enjoyable for the children. Ally

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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