Monday, November 30, 2009

Hula Mania

The interest that Lia's hula hoop sharing has sparked has been amazing!

Children have been persisting and practising, some for four hours straight, days on end with incredible results. The hard work has paid dividends with some very confident and competent hula hoopers. The chipmunks song I am now hearing when I go to sleep! The children have become apt at using the stereo also to replay their song too. It has been fantastic to see them sharing at mat time their developing skills with their friends and peers. It takes guts to get in the middle and show what you've got. I am constantly amazed by our children and their growth,development, confidence and ability to contribute and support each other. What fantastic children we have here and i am so privledged to share in their learning. Ally

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Congratulations Abby on Your Registration

A very special evening for Abby celebrating her registration as a Teacher on Friday night at a function provided by NZEI at the Verandah by Hamilton Lake. Jo, myself, Bev (Abbys mum) and her partner Brendon attended and we were very proud of her and her achievement. Abby has worked hard over two years to demonstrate her ability to be a passionate, knowledgable teacher. She is this and more. Well done Abby.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Children's Artwork

Please take the time to click on the curriculum link - creative expression. On this page you will find the children's amazing artwork that they have been doing. Lately painting has taken off with reinspired enthusiam - we are very proud of the wonderful work our Tamariki do. Please take the time to look at their work too.

'Art' is often seen as static - describing a finished product. but more than that art is a lively process of engagement that is reflective, creative and deliberate, that deepens and extends children's learning. - Ann Pelo, The Language of Art.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hula Hooping

Lia has really starting something going at Grasslands with her amazing hulahop skills. After watching Lia a lot of the Tamriki decided they wanted to have a go and have been practicing all morning to see if they could get as good at Lia. Love the music. Thanks Lia Ally and Office Jo

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Funky Monkeys

Guess who dropped into visit us...THE FUNKY MONKEYS!
They are promoting their upcoming show and we got our photo taken with them to share with you all. COOL AH..we think so. They were surprised as the usual is photos with children not the teachers LOL

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Toasting Marshmallows

On Friday last week we toasted marshmallows in the Sandpit over an old milo tin. The children were so excited. We were very authentic in our experience - breaking twigs of the bushes to use as skewers. The children had a fantastic time trying to toast their marshmallow just enough, some were however a little charred!

It was a fantastic practical learning experience for the children. We discussed and modelled safe fire use and risk management and the children were able to build apon their developing working theories for making sense of the natural, material, social and physical world.

We only stopped because we ran out of marshmallows!!!