Winter and Matariki (Nga Tuakana)

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It is June and Winter is here and it has been raining almost every day. But this didn't stop our Nga Tuakana children to explore and learn. It has been a busy month as the children were curious to know where the snow comes from. After various experiments and sensory plays and discussions at mat times, children were able to develop an understanding ...
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Mothers Day and Transition to school catch up

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May was a great month, we got to celebrate Mothers day. We put on a yummy brunch for all mothers, nana's, aunties and caregivers to come and celebrate what an awesome job they do raising their tamariki. it is defiantly not an easy job and I wish that we got paid, but instead it is fulfilled with a whole lot of love, so we wanted to let all of our b...
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Is teeth brushing a fun event in you house? Like some creative ideas?

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Here are some helpful hints from    https://www.pdhq.co.nz/sn41/?mc_cid=a5edd3d6fc&mc_eid=24582b0571   (cut and paste me)   website to help make it into a fun experience for you and your child/ren Few young children are consistently cooperative when it comes to brushing teeth. And of course, even if they're ke...
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Emergency hero's

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During the month of April our Nga Teina room are learning about emergency heroes. They are learning about their jobs the vehicles they drive and the uniforms they wear. We were able to get Community Constable Niki to come in and talk to our children about what her job is and how police officers are there to help and keep us safe, she showed us what...
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Easter time

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For Easter this month we did a fundraising raffle with 4 prizes and we would like to say congratulations to Chryssaani/L.A/Kartels family and friends who won the 2 biggest eater hampers and Treyzel/Hazen and Vao families who won the 3rd and 4th smaller hampers. I'm sure the children loved receiving all the yummy chocolates just in ti...
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Pacifica performance

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 Today we went up to the Clendon Recreation Centre to celebrate our pacific languages. We got to listen to a story, some singing and performances by other centre. We also got up the front and sung 2 songs. The children did really well with the practices but when it came to standing up the front of a big crowd of people they got a bit...
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Story time

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 Visiting our Clendon Library for story time. Our children love getting out of the centre and enjoying new experience's. Listening to stories and singing action songs.
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Living Eggs

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To introduce Easter for the third year in a row we have our Living eggs. they arrived Monday 12th of March. We got 11 eggs and by Wednesday they had all hatched. The children absolutely love having these here and watching the chicken life cycle unfold and our centre based parents secretly enjoy keeping an eye on them and watching the...
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Transition to school & new staff

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Our transition to school programme is back in full swing and the children are having a lot of fun learning and preparing themselves for big school. The focus letters for this months has been S and D and they are able to tell you a lot of words beginning with those letters and they can also share how nice freshly made doughnuts are. they are also le...
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Fundamental Movement

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 We are back into our gymnastics for the term, which is now called fundamental movement, it's so great to see the children getting active and loving it. Some new children are getting to attend as some of our older big children have moved onto so our younger children will be attending more regularly which they have been enjoying. This is great ...
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Hello February

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I can't believe we've already come to the end of February; this year is already going to quickly. Through the month of February our focus was messy and water play. We had so much fun, exploring every possible messy play activit and the children were going home with wet clothes in their bag on a daily basis. I think all and all we have a great messy...
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Children's Christmas carnival

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​This year we had a carnival to celebrate Christmas, we celebrated this over 2 Fridays. We organised for a food caravan to come for the day, we had a massive jumpy castle and a popcorn and candyfloss machine (better late than never), a ferris wheel and merry go round and our own talented face painter. Santa turned up on the day on a motor bike and ...
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Water play

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​With all the hot weather lately the children have been having lots of water play. They just cant seem to get enough of it. They all enjoy being wet and being in water. We have made a water slide with the mats, had the pool out, filled the water troof with different coloured water and bubbles, had colours in the water trays and children had dropper...
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Car park Friday

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 Car park Friday. the children enjoy having the whole big car park to themselves, running around and having lots of space. they like watching the cars and trucks go past and make the most of the different learning environment. Happy Friday!!!!
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Fundamental movement

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 This week at gymnastics the children played games and sung songs with a parachute, it seems that no matter what children are playing with the parachute or where ever it is they always go crazy and have so much fun. We did the wheels on the bus, and round and round the garden songs with the parachute and the children really enjoyed it. Then we...
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Story time @ the libary

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On Wednesday we got to go to the Clendon rec library for story time and the guy leading out was amazing, he loved telling the stories as much as the children enjoyed listening and joining in. There were 3 other centres there with their children too. He read the incy wincy spider then we did the song and actions, then we did a rain song with the sca...
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Our new pet turtle

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 Introducing our new turtle friend. His name is Ninja, the children have enjoyed watching him in and out of his tank and having a little pat of his shell and watching him eat. We have also been getting some of our children to dig in the garden and dig out some worms for him
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Halloween

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 Yesterday we had a dress up day for Halloween, it was awesome to see the different outfits the children had been dressed up in. We had a halloween dance party and movie, and special halloween activites out for the day. Was a very fun and scary day had by all. Happy halloween, trick or treat.
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Gymnastics

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 Our 4 year olds started back at gymnastics this week. It is so good to watch them develop and grow more skills every week. When we dont have enough 4 year olds some of our 3 year old fill in the spaces which is fun for them. Also this term we are back to having an afternoon class. Today they focused on ball schools, fine and gross motor skill...
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Wow what a great September.

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​Let spring begin. We started the month with the chidren planting some seeds, some vegies and some flowers, the children have been able to water these and watch them grow.  Our Nga Teina rooms planning was just focused on spring and everything that happens during spring, like all the baby lambs that are born and the daffidols th...
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