Celebrating New Zealand Sign Language week

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This week in Kids Count Tawa we celebrated sign language week with our children/ Tamariki and mums.The experience was amazing filled with fun activities and songs for all involved to learn and enjoy.We learnt various sign along with songs, such as the ABC, Old Mac Donald had a farm, Kei te peke ahau, and commands like sit down, finished, please, th...
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Celebrating Pink Shirt Day!

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Today our Kids Count Tawa Team celebrated 'pink shirt day' with and alongside our He Huarahi Tamariki school.The celebration involved wearing and decorating the centre in the colour pink .There were also fun activities, music, and of course a sharing of food, conversations, and laughter in an afternoon tea. Celebrating Pink shirt day meant that we ...
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Early Literacy really matters!

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Early literacy really matters Early literacy really matters and the best way is to encourage this is through the love of books. Children will let you know their favourite book and will ask you to read it again and again and again. Show delight in the fact they enjoy dramatic pauses and repeating phrases as they can join in the story telling and the...
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Block play in our environment!

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Over the past couple weeks our Tamariki in Te Whanau Awhina have been very busy constructing thier imagination and masterpiece.  Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences available for our young children. Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emot...
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Toilet Training is Fun, Fun, Fun!

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Kids Count Tawa The Teachers of Te Whānau Āwhina have a goal, and this goal is to support and guide our older children to become competent and confident in using the toilet. We started the last term with only two children using the toilet, we are now pleased to say with support and parent partnership we now have majority of our children using the t...
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Our Balls Day!

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Our Tamariki enjoyed a day filled with balls, balls, and more balls.There was so much fun and activity happening that every child was kicking, hitting, bouncing, throwing, rolling, and catching balls.The Tamariki really showed sportsmanship and togetherness through turn taking, problem solving, and just having fun.So much learning and development h...
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Toddler Room Update - March 2017

Toddler Room Update - March 2017
This month in the Toddler room we have been learning about animals as an interest shown by the children. There has been a variety of activities set out for children to engage in such as dramatic play with the three little pigs, making animals such as lions with our handprints, playing animal games like duck, duck goose and many others. We have also...
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Hauora in the Pa 2017

Hauora in the Pa 2017
We had an amazing time at Hauora in the Pa, there were so many families there enjoying the event. Free sausage sizzle, free water, loads of prizes and give aways, music, Zumba, etc...congratulations to the families who took part in our colouring competitions and games and won Warehouse Vouchers. Awesome Community Event, enjoyed meeting new friends ...
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Gymnastics at our Weymouth Centre

Gymnastics at our Weymouth Centre
As part of our transition to school program this year we are taking all our 4-year-old children to the Clendon Recreation Centre on a Tuesday for gymnastic lessons.  The children have been really enjoying taking part, and are all every excited and enthusiastic for Tuesdays to roll around each week.  Through the program the children are de...
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Be the wave – create the ripples!

Be the wave – create the ripples!
I recently went to visit one of our graduate children's mothers who had been in our parenting groups to see how her son was settling into primary and in general say hello and how are you. What a great way to lift each other up – first the customary hug that grows out of our groups as we all become sister's of the heart and then of course the custom...
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Happiness is inside of everyone

Happiness is inside of everyone
A couple of Mums from He Huarahi Tamariki got together with Justin the teacher at Kids Count Tawa – The Griffin School to organise some family time at the centre on Tuesday 28th February. The theme was 'Trolls party day'. The children, parents and teachers all did their best to look like trolls, the children had their hair sprayed all different col...
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Treasure Baskets

Treasure Baskets
When you walk into shops or turn on the TV there are so many bright, noisy expensive toys everywhere and advertising likes to make out that you NEED them for your child to learn and grow. This is far from the truth. Providing an inexpensive toy that will keep your child entertained for hours and beneficial to their development can be so simple. Mak...
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Future Ferns Juniors - February 2017

Future Ferns Juniors - February 2017
Children's Curiosity and Animal Exploration Young children are skilful and explorative learners. They learn through play and create their own ideas to construct new knowledge. This helps children to be an active and competent learner.  Recently, our young children's curiosity towards animal has been very popular in the room of Future Ferns Jun...
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