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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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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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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Dinosaurs come out to play!

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Over the past couple weeks our Tamariki/children here at Kids Count Tawa have been enjoying the amazing world of Dinosaurs.Through toy figurines, researching them on the computer, looking at books, to song and dance.This interest has spread across to both our little boys and girls.Which has also helped our Tamariki/ children to learn the names...
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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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Music and Movement Puawai Way!

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​In the Puawai room, we love to sing and do actions! Our children/Tamariki have gotten very good at watching the teachers and imitating the actions that we do.Some children/Tamariki even ask for a specific song using key action, which is a great example of non-verbal communication in action.Our favourites at the moment are 'roly poly', 'kina kina' ...
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Out and about in the community!

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  Today a couple of our older children went to visit a community shop called "FREE FOR ALL".The shop is community base that gives free stuff such as furniture, clothing, cutlery, toys, and many more, for families who are in need or really anyone of the community. The children had a blast of a time it was like Christmas for them all.Being that ...
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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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