This term the children’s interests have taken us on a journey of learning more about our living world. We have researched our universe, looked more closely at our solar system, participated in science experiments, explored volcanos, revisited many of our local myths and legends and celebrated Matariki.
We greeted the first day of winter with a pyjama day-breakfast at kindergarten, and in response to building on children’s interests and celebrating Matariki have visited our local observatory. The children loved being out at night, viewing Jupiter and the moon through a telescope and learning more about our solar system.
We also celebrate Matariki with a hāngī lovingly prepared for by whānau and the teachers to capture the essence of Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga. The children also put on a show for whānau, all about little Kiwi’s Matariki. They were amazing performers and so proud to celebrate and share their skills with their whānau. The wider world of family and community is an integral part of our kindergarten.
Children learn and develop best when their culture, knowledge and community are affirmed and when people in their lives help them to make connections across settings.