Physical Play in Future Ferns Junior

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The Future Ferns Junior tamariki have been enjoying setting themselves their own challenges in physical activities.Reaching the top of the different climbing apparatuses, making up ball games and creating their own obstacle courses inside and outside too. Positive social interactions, communication and language skills and a whole lot of fun is bein...
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Phyical Active Play - Korikori

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In the Rising Stars room the children have been showing interest in physical activity. Climbing, riding bikes and scooters, running, walking, jumping, crawling, rolling, dancing are some of physical skills that the rising stars children have been displaying. As infants and toddlers grow, their determination to master movement, balance, and fine- an...
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Ngā mihi rā i tō rā whanau o Kids Count Marne

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This month we celebrated Marne's 5th Birthday milestone, and what a 5 wonderful years it's been. We have celebrated many of your tamariki milestones, their first steps, first words, making friends and our graduates journey to Primary Schools. On Monday 25th we celebrated at the centre with a visit from Lill bo peeps with animals and pony rides. We ...
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Kia ora Te Reo Maori – Maori Language Week 2017

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   Celebrated since 1975, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week recognizes and celebrates the Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all Aotearoa. This year Nga Wiki o Te Reo Maori will take place on 11-17 September. Simply saying "Kia ora" or "Morena" was the catalyst to celebrating Te Reo Maori in our centre.Our ka...
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Brighten up our season Spring is here

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FFS 's would like to thank all the daddy's who took time to come and join us for the father's day celebration. This month in our room we are working on little architects where children are showing off their talents/abilities in making hanging mobiles and are decorating the whole classroom with their beautiful art. Since it's spring we are focusing ...
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Developing and strengthening social skills

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Making friends. Showing anger in a healthy way. Figuring out conflicts peacefully. Taking care of someone who has been hurt. Waiting patiently. Following rules. Enjoying the company of others. All of these qualities, and more, describe healthy social-emotional development. Like any skill, young children develop these abilities in small steps over t...
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Ngā mihi rā i tō rā whānau, e te tau

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  Here in Future Ferns Junior's we have been thinking of ideas of how to display our birthday wall.We wanted to use natural resources and show our Tamariki that you can make things out of different materials around the house.We were very fortunate to have connections with past families in which have come through our centre with their chil...
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Ngā mihi me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te tuahangata

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Father's Day this year was not only to celebrate for our fathers of our whanau but also the positive male influences that our Tamariki have in their lives.  OUR SUPERHEROES!!!! Our day started off setting up gazebo's, tables, flat pack garden boxes, basketball hoop and kai for the celebration of our father's day up by the pool area.Things were...
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Healthy learning experiences in Hi 5s

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Our new resources are a great hit with many of our children. Children are constantly engaging in dramatic play involving our family-play utensils. Our tamariki are having great fun with the tongs, gem-stones and clear bowls. Our tamariki really enjoyed their learning about different fruit and making their very own fruit kebabs for morning tea. Heal...
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Nga Kaihanga - "Little Architects"

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Currently in Future Fern Seniors, we are working on "Little Architects" where children are involved in activities that we can display on our wall. Tamariki got involved in one activity which is called "a tree that holds FFS together" where all the children's photos are attached to it as a flower. Our tree display has developed a sense of belonging ...
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Sensory learning experiences in Future Ferns Juniors

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The two-year olds have been exploring their senses in many ways as they learn through hands on experience. One of their recent high lights has been exploring their sense of taste by experiencing a wide variety of frozen fruit both sweet and sour. Some children even enjoyed eating sour lemons and asked for seconds. One of the children's mum shared t...
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Our pepe developing spatial awareness

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In the Rising stars room we have noticed the Tamariki are developing spatial awareness. Spatial Awareness is the distance between you and the objects in your environment. Spatial awareness is usually defined to include a person, so that for a child to have spatial awareness, that child will understand their location and the location of objects in r...
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Celebrating our new graduates for Term 3

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We celebrated our new graduates journey to Primary School for Term 3. It was one of our saddest days filled with laughter and happiness and it was great to listen to our whanau as they got up to have a korero about their child's time at the centre. "Thank you so my much for everything you have done for all my children, they are so brainy and they h...
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School Start First Impressions

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Over the past 6 months we have been referring whanau to School Start First Impressions, privately funded initiative of Addenbrooke Foundation. They are so incredible and have helped many whanau by providing 5kitbox's with everything they need to celebrate their fifth birthday and alo be prepared for their first year at school. On Friday we were abl...
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Celebrating Matariki

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Matariki pai whanau, it heralds the start of the Maori New Year. Our tamariki have been busy learning about Matariki and the 7 sisters through stories and waiata. It is a time we reflect on our past year and set goals, sharing and learning together. Our Hi 5 Iti Kahurangi transition to school group visited Papakura Art Gallery to learn weaving. The...
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Matariki Pai Whanau

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Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. As part of our celebrations of Matariki our children have been exploring the story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku.We then decided to create our own night sky with the seven...
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Developing social skills in Rising Stars

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This area of development involves learning to interact with other people and to understand and control your own emotions. Infants start to develop relationships with the people around them right from birth, but the process of learning to communicate, share, and interact with others takes many years to develop. Developing the ability to control your...
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Waiata mai - we love to sing!

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Wow! What a great week we're having in our class with Whaea Hera with her guitar. Since we are celebrating Matraiki, every day we are singing and introducing Maori songs and words. Our children get very excited when Whaea Hera sits on the chair playing guitar and singing along. Children look very comfortable and are excited to join our talented tea...
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Imaginative minds in Future Ferns Seniors

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Over the last month Future Ferns Seniors (3years old) have been focusing on the winter wonderland. By looking at the children's imaginative play, we are now planning to extend their learning interest further and work on their building and constructive play. We also have two weeks of holiday programme planned for the children, and they have been par...
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Matariki Kapahaka Performance

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We recently celebrated Matariki at our Centre and our room had the privilege of performing the Kapa Haka for the whanau. The tamariki were very excited to dress up in their Kapa Haka outfits and performed like little stars! First we did the morning performance and later again in the afternoon. All the whanau were so impressed with their performance...
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