Celebrating Samoan Language Week!

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The kaiako and tamariki at Marne Road recently celebrated Samoan Language Week at the Centre. The children took part in Tapa art activities in FFS and learned how to write their numbers in Samoan in the Hi-5's room. Matua Viliamu came to tell some Samoan stories to the tamariki and Whaea Yashmin demonstrated to the Rising Stars how to crack op...
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Loving our day at kindy!

Today as I walked around the kindy, it was evident that the children were fully engaged and having an awesome day! Everywhere I looked I could see the teachers interacting with the tamariki and talking with them. The children were playing happily and loving all the attention, interest and praise the teachers gave them. We did indeed ...
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Our new bike track!

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​Today we opened up our new bike track to the tamariki! After a few weeks of waiting in anticipation, it was finally ready. The children eagerly helped to take the bikes out of the shed and immediately went to the track. Some of them initially struggled to get up the hill, but they used their problem-solving skills and pushed the bikes instead. We ...
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Busy day at Marne Road!

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Today the tamariki had so much fun exploring their environment! The Hi-5's enjoyed painting and fantasy play, whilst the FFS had fun playing at the pool area, as well as having their kai there. The FFJ showed off their skills at the Carpentry table and sang beautifully with Whaea Brooke at mat-time. Whaea Raewyn also did Kapa Haka do...
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Holidays are fun!

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​During the December/January school holiday programme, the tamariki had so much fun! From painting, to sand play to water fun...every day was a new adventure. Whaea Ata also took the Hi-5 children swimming and the movie-day was a great success. Making their own lunches was great fun and the children could show off their self-help skills.Thank you t...
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Having fun on the new equipment!

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The new Geodesic Dome Climber has finally arrived! The tamariki eagerly awaited their turn to go and explore the new obstacle. The new bark arrived soon after and they could continue to climb and have fun. Enhancing their gross-motor skills are one of our goals at Marne Road and this new obstacle is perfect for strengthening their arm and...
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Hi-5's are out and about!

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This week has been a very adventurous week for the Hi-5's as we went on a few excursions. We started the week by visiting our friends at Karaka Summerset Resthome to sing a few songs. On Wednesday, as we were heading to the librar,y the Tamariki talked about watering the flowers in our butterfly garden created by our great friends at Bunnings Takan...
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Learning is fun in the Future Fern Junior Room!

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Here in the Future Fern Junior room our Tamariki have the opportunity to express themselves and make sense of their world through exploration and play. Our aim is to provide children with a love of learning , where children discover relationships, and communicate with and alongside their peers and teachers as they discover the world around them. Kn...
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Rising Stars are having fun!!

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​The tamariki in our Rising Stars classroom have been having so much fun this week! Here are a few of their "Wow" moments....
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Fun Times at Kids Count Marne Road

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The month of June saw our tamariki playing outside a lot and utilizing the beautiful sunshine while it lasted!  Our tamariki enjoyed making lots of new creations in the sandpit and building their climbing skills in the playground. Our children have been engaging with and displaying new interests includin...
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Kids make life the best kind of busy!

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​The saying 'Kids make life the best kind of busy' is definitely a saying that lives deeply in our Future Fern Senior Room at KC Marne Road. Our three year old tamariki have been super busy with all types of interesting activities.  They have been working with nature and investigating all types of different bugs and creepy crawlies, some ...
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Creepy Crawlies

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​During the month of May our Nga Teina children were exploring creepy crawlies and having an absolute blast. we had so many different learning expereiances for the children to develop their knowledge obout insects, through hands on, sensory, scientific views. they loved exploring our outside environment for different bugs, they defiantly found lots...
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World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations!

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Kids Count thrives on the belief that "Every child has the right to reach their full potential". Within our centre we have tamariki who have unique qualities that can be seen in their personalities, their features and abilities. One particular child is a little boy that lives life to the fullest. This little super hero named JR has Down Syndrome bu...
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How PLAY helps us...

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Our three year old tamariki from our Future Fern Senior Room at Kids Count Marne have been showing lots of interest in imaginative, building and construction play.  Some benefits to imaginative, building and construction play are: It improves fine motor manipulation and strength; It enhances spatial awareness; It encourages thinking and r...
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Sensory ICE Play

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I am excited to share an incredibly easy summer activity that packs a punch! .….Ice sensory play! I know this isn't an original idea, as many others have played with coloured ice.  However, it's always a hit with the kids in the Rising Stars room.  Kids like this for a reason, and it's always a part of our summer fun! Some benefits t...
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Is my little one ready for "Potty Training"?

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Toilet Training Readiness Sometimes parents/whanau are unsure about when to start toilet teaching or "potty training." Not all children are ready at the same age, so it's important to watch your child for signs of readiness, such as stopping an activity for a few seconds or clutching his or her nappy. Instead of using age as a readiness indicator, ...
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Future Fern Seniors learning for February

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Kia ora Whanau, Hope the start of the new year is going well and you are all safe and happy. For this month we are focusing on construction, water and messy play along with safety in the water. Here are a few photos of our tamariki doing just that. There are also a photo of a few of our tamariki helping set up the beds for sleep time. 
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Kapa Haka at Marne

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Whaea Rae comes into our space for half an hour to do kapa haka with our tamariki every Wednesday.It is a time our children look forward to – they LOVE kapa haka!!!! Having kapa haka as a regular weekly event has shown us the benefits it has on all our tamariki and in particularly our Māori ākonga. It increases knowledge of our Māori language, cult...
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Celebrating 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi'

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This week we had a korero together about 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi'. We decided to start our new year off with a 'treaty' for our Hi-5 room. We all came up with rules that will keep us safe and happy in our environment. Just like when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and some of the Maori chie...
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Summer is officially in full swing and that means lots more time spent outside!

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Water play is hugely popular with the Rising Stars children and there is much more to water play than just splashing! Water play can have many important benefits for a child's development, in a number of different areas. The benefits of water play will also be very helpful to a child. Here are just some reasons why every child needs to play with wa...
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