Tuakana-Teina

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​The tamariki in Te Whanau Awhina have always been treated as equals to the teachers. Our relationship with the Tamariki allows them to be fiercely independent, responsible and take initiative. Our routine here in TWA is we do some songs before lunch and then after lunch the Tamariki are encouraged and invited to find their bed (they do this by pho...
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Writing

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​Our 4 year olds have been taking what they have been learning with different activities using their fine motor skills and applying it to writing their names.  Something as simple as ripping paper, squeezing pegs can help your child learn to write!  
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Spin Art

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Spin art is a favourite experience here at Kids Count Tawa. We use dye in some droppers and drip different colours of dye onto a piece of paper that has been stuck to the bottom of a salad spinner. The Tamariki appear to really enjoy watching the dye drip and mix together on the paper. It makes some really cool and funny noises as the dye squirts o...
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Celebrating Others

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 At Kids Count Lenore Road we have had many of our children who have gone all the way through, from being babies to now graduating to go to big school! We have also have had many birthdays and the Dolphin Room teachers thought this would be an awesome learning opportunity. The teachers would speak to the children about how they were able to fe...
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Graduation Celebration

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  On Friday, 31 January 2020, we ended off our holiday programme with our Graduation Ceremony. The whanau attended the ceremony as well and Whaea Shirley made a slide show to highlight the tamariki achievements and celebrate their journey at Kids Count, Marne Road. We had some yummy eats for everyone to enjoy and the cake looked beautiful. A f...
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Pamper Day!

Every school holidays there is an extra special day that all of our tamariki love and that is pamper day.  They get spoilt with foot rubs and nail polish and have a lot of fun.  Our Kaiako love treating them to these relaxing experiences and seeing the smiles on their faces :)  
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Gloop!!

It may look messy but there is so much learning going on!  Gloop is a fun, messy and interactive way to discover the tamariki senses.  As the children play with the gloop, they talk about their experience... words like... Slimy... Yucky... Wet... Cold.  Learning can be so much fun, especially when we get messy :)  
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Happy 2020 to all our Whanau and Friends!

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​A great start to a New Year! We bid farewell to our tamariki who have graduated, and welcome back those who have returned from holiday.  For the month of January our tamariki have been engaged in lots of fun learning activities and excursions.  Through group interactions they develop their social skills and learn to have respect for...
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KC Pukekohe Bakery

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Our 3 year olds had a blast making sand cakes.  Their yummy delights really had them thinking and planning out their recipes.  There is so much to learn when you bake a sand cake, some of these things are maths - measuring out your water and sand, turn taking - when someone else needs your measuring cup, construction - how tall can you ma...
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Christmas Photo Frames

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​Our 4 year old class decided to make their own picture frame to take some Christmas portraits.  Check out how creative they were and some of those poses!  They had a blast with each of them contributing to the frame.
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Holiday fun!

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The tamariki have been having heaps of fun during the December / January holiday programme. They have been dressing up, dancing, splashing in the water and hanging out in Whaea Amanda's "salon". Whaea Carol's kai has been yummy and they have also got the opportunity to decorate their own fairy biscuits. Coming to kindy and spending time with their ...
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Reflecting on 2019

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As we sit and look back on 2019, we have had loads and loads of fun.  So, what better than to share with you some of our highlights from the year.  We celebrated our 7th Birthday, had many visits to the Summerset Retirement Village, visited Turangawaewae.  We celebrated many events like Father's Day, Halloween, Diwali to name a few, ...
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Ho! Ho! Ho! "Tis the season to be Jolly"

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​A superb month of celebrating our pre-Christmas event with a concert performed by our transition to school tamariki, Justin the magician and his fantastic tricks, and Santa who visited our Centre giving out presents!  A very Merry Christmas to all our children and families.  Be safe and stay safe over the holidays! 
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Children's Christmas Party!

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Today the weather was put on for us with nothing but clear blue skies and amazing hot weather for our WATERPLAY! The children loved showing off their swimming togs, and that wasn't even the fun part! The teachers had organised sprinklers, waterslides, water guns and water balloons all for the children and they were blown away and so excited! The ch...
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Christmas Party at Kids Count, Marne Road

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 Today we had our Christmas party for the tamariki. Whaea Shirley and Whaea Kate very kindly organised the event for the day and with the help of the Kaiako, made sure that everything ran smoothly. We cleared the carpark and set up the water activities. We had waterslides, pools, a bouncy castle, face-painting, slushies and candy floss for the...
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October & November 2019

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​In October our tamariki visited the Hunua Fire Station, Botanical Gardends, and Whaea Vicki's family farm.  In November we celebrated the end of our language weeks by having a Cultural event where we dressed in our Cultural attire and tried the various foods from the islands.  
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Dress Up Party

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Last month we had a dress up party where all our tamariki (children) and Kaiako (teachers) came into the centre dress up in superhero costumes, animals, fairies and a few unicorns! This day was filled with fun activities like doughnut eating and pop the balloon for lollies. We had our lovely Leela do the face painting (and she also was our Sponge B...
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Cultural Day Celebrations

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This month we celebrated with a Cultural Day. Over the recent months we have been learning a lot about the identities of our tamariki. We have celebrated, Maori Language Week, Samoan Language Week, Niuean Language Week, Cook Island Language Week, Diwali, Tuvalu Language Week, Tongan Language Week, Fijian Language Week and Tokelau Language Week wher...
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This is our Lenore Road Village!

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"We have travelled over the mountains, through the valleys and through all of the seas to meet together here at our Kids Count Lenore Road Village". These were the amazing opening words from our Manager Siliva for our big CULTURAL DAY CELEBRATION!! This was a big day for our centre as we had been preparing for weeks in advance with the children for...
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Making the most of the lovely weather!

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 This week we have had amazing weather! We decided to make the most of our outdoor play and set up some "funtastic" activities for the children. Whaea Zoe had the hose with water spraying all day and the tamariki enjoyed cooling off under the cool spray. Making muddy puddles in the sandpit was also great fun and the children were eager to fill...
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