Oct 012014
 
To celebrate Matariki in June we hosted “family fish and chip night”.  To prepare for the special occasion, the children brought in a vegetable from home and we made a tasty vegetable soup to serve on our matariki night.
The children also harvested our home-grown herbs, making small bouquets to give to each family on the evening.  Finally they prepared their (more…)
Oct 012014
 
Performers on Stage - Te Papa Marae
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Exploring 4
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To continue the children’s interest in Te Ao Maori, we visited the Maori exhibition at Te Papa in July.  The children enjoyed everything from the bus ride into the city to singing their waiata on the marae.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Natural Forces exhibit.  We were blessed to have many parents and whanau join us for these (more…)
Oct 012014
 
Marae 4
In April Lily-Grace asked her teacher “What is a Marae?”.  Her teacher used this question to develop a learning project.  She first asked the children what they knew about “marae”.  Then they read books and made their own papier mache marae and learnt te reo words about marae.
Finally, the teachers organised a visit to Orongomai Marae which was greatly enjoyed. (more…)
Aug 292013
 
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Reggio Resources
   Reggio Resources – Upper Hutt Pre-school Childcare and Education
   The Pinterest Boards have a huge number of Reggio resources and ideas (more…)
Aug 292013
 
We’ve been studying transportation methods, including a recent visit from a fire engine – each child got a chance to work the fire hose – great fun!
I’ve added a game called Transports to our games page – it teaches a wide range of transportation methods and helps a child learn the names of each type of transportation.Play now …
Transport Games - Fire Truck
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Jun 192013
 

Childcare meets Animal Care

Our childcare centre in Upper Hutt has just wrapped up an extensive study of animals and animal care. We concluded the project by creating a model zoo using a wide range of materials to build the animals and their environment:

Childcare meets animal care - and we create a model zoo to end our project. Childcare Centre learns about animal care – and create a model zoo to end their (more…)