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Our Balls Day!

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 happened as skills grew and flourished within each child, such as language skills, large and small motor skills, social skills, and cognitive development.This day was surly amazing and enjoyed by all who participated.

The Children's voice's

Linkyn – "Umpol (uncle) ball"

Justin – "Wow that's a colourful ball"

Linkyn – "Yeah! Mine ball"

Justin – "What can you do with your ball?"

Linkyn turns to shoot his ball into the hoop and gets it in.

Linkyn – "Yayyyy! Look umpol mine ball"

Justin – "Yayy! Nice shot Linkyn you threw your ball in the hoop"

Linkyn celebrated his achievement and continued on playing shoots.

Joshua – "Come Noah, come kick your ball with me"

Noah – "Okay Joshy"

The boys set up their rugby balls on the cones and step back slowly and position themselves getting ready to run up and kick the ball.

Joshua – "1, 2, Go"

Noah – "Yessss!" says Noah kicking his ball

Joshua – "Wooohoooo! Rock on mannn" says Joshua after kicking his ball

Having so much fun the two boys continued this process kicking the rugby ball.

Te Whariki

Links with Essential skills;

Well-being – Mana Atua: Children are helped to developed personal health through exercise, …and to develop and enjoy recreational, motor, and manipulative skills.

Belonging – Mana Whenua: Children develop motor skills that allow them to participate actively in the setting.

Contribution – Mana Tangata: Children work with others and assist them, appreciating different physical and fitness needs and abilities.

Communication – Mana Reo: Children develop an ability to express themselves through movement and gesture.

Exploration – Mana Aoturoa: In exploring the physical environment, children gain increasing motor and manipulative control and skills in using tools and materials safely.

(Ministry of Education, 1996. Te Whariki, The Early Childhood

Curriculum).