Strengthening our physical skills through learning

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The Future Ferns Junior room tamariki continue to enjoy being physically active any opportunity they can. Tamariki have been engaging in many fun, new and interesting activities with and alongside each other. Lots of laughter and positive social interactions have been shared. Here are a couple of web sites to explore fun experiences together at hom...
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Haere Ra Whaea Jotika ....We will miss you

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Wow! it was such a wonderful journey working for Kids Count for last five years. I am very grateful to all the whᾱnau, teachers and children for their ongoing support at Kids Count and making my teaching smoother. It is not easy to leave Kids Count family but I have to. I had so much learning and fun in my last five years with Kids Count family and...
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Our Labour of love!

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On September the 27th we were privilaged to have the leader and her team of the labour party, come and visit both the teen mums school and our centre.  Jacinda Ardern, a possible Prime Minister for New Zealand got the opportinuty to interact with both our children/Tamariki and the staff of Kids Count Tawa.  She wa...
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Celebrating Te Reo Maori/ Language week

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We celebrated Māori Language Week between the 11 September to 17 September . Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is an important and fun opportunity to celebrate and learn T e reo Māori. In doing so, you are helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic and rich language. Every day we provided the children with the opportunities to learn and new phrase to a...
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BAD JELLY THE WITCH

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Recently at the Griffin we currently had a Parent/child story session where one of the school's teachers read Bad Jelly the Witch. The children sat with their parents or on the floor listening to the story. After the story the children sat down at the table for morning tea. Someone had made cupcakes with green and purple icing & witches which t...
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Running sessions for Teen mums!

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Continuing our partnership and relationship with the Teen parent school.We the whanau at kids count Tawa have been given the opportunity to hold educational class sessions for the mums.These sessions are opportunities for us as early childhood educators to best educate and support our mums with day to day life skills, especially around giving guida...
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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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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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Te Haerenga Ki Pukekohe

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Today 10 of our Hi-5 tamariki went to our sister centre in Pukekohe for a visit. The tamariki were very excited, as we had never been there before. They were singing the whole way in the van and happily chatted amongst each other. When we arrived, they immediately went off to explore the playground and afterwards we had a lesson on how to make a "p...
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Our centre visits

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​This week we have been visiting our Marne Rd centre . The children have really enjoyed getting to meet and play with the other children . They have especially enjoyed playing on the cars and the climbing frame . It ahs been a great way for our children to also get to know their teachers
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Te ako i roto i te papa takaro - Active learning in the playground

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Playing outside gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. They can play favourite games, test her physical limits, express themselves and strengthen self-confidence. When your child is outside, they probably have more space and freedom for big movements, like running, jumping, kicking and throwing. Physical...
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Showing leadership and confidence in learning

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Whaea Deepika decided to put a new rewards system in place. She started making some stars for the tamariki and drew a chart on the whiteboard in the Hi-5 Room. The tamariki are being encouraged to collect stars for a variety of social skills and if they get 5 stars in the week, they get a special reward on Friday. We also have some smaller rewards ...
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Happy Diwali........

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It has been a great week as we were all in mood of the Diwali celebration. We had few parents who came to help making sweets and doing heena on teacher's hand. Teachers and children were able to participate in bollywood dance, Rangoli making, and Indian dress up. We had so much fun having yummy indian sweets and savouries. I was amazed to see that ...
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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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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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