Friday, November 18, 2016

Farewell and arohanui Jemma

Today we farewelled our teacher of 9 years, Jemma. Jemma is going on maternity leave and the children have been following the progress of the growing baby with much excitement. This week we have had two celebration days; a baby shower all day Wednesday and then a celebration day on Friday of Jemma's huge contribution to Mangere Bridge Kindergarten.
The gifts for the baby poured in and the children had a great time helping Jemma open the parcels. We played pass the parcel with stickers for every child as they took a layer off and then the gift was for the baby. We put nappies on dolls, washed the dolls and dressed them and had lots of practice at parenting jobs.
We played put the baby on Jemma - a hilarious game that some children returned to more than once to have a turn.

The teaching team want to thank Jemma for her generous, committed, collegial, untiringly, positive and professional teaching over the past 9 years. We have loved having Jemma in our teaching lives and will miss her.

To the Mangere Bridge community we want to say thankyou for the love and gifts over the past days of Jemma's pregnancy. Jemma is overwhelmed by your generosity.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Kindergarten at the farm - cancelled today

We could not go to the farm today because of wet, wild, windy weather. If a storm is predicted we have to stay at kindergarten, we really don't want to be in the middle of a paddock walking back in thunder and lightning. Also it would have been difficult today because we normally gather in the shearing shed when it is wet and it was being used for something else. Janine and the Oiled Wildlife Response Unit had been to Lake Pupuke and collected 5 swans and a coot which they had brought back to Ambury to clean. They were keeping them warm in the shearing shed and washing them in the cow shed. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Book launch for "Teachers voyaging in Plurilingual seas"

We are in print again! We have contributed a chapter to this book about our TLRi (Teaching and Learning Research initiative) research. Edited by Val Podmore, Helen Hedges, Peter Keegan and Nola Harvey the book is published by and available from NZCER Press, Wellington.
The book launch was held at the University of Auckland and Dr Criss Jones Diaz was able to attend.

It is lovely to see the result of all the work in print again and we hope it will be of use to practitioners working in our increasingly diverse contexts both in New Zealand and overseas.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A working party gets to work

Today we had quite a downpour and the drains were flooded. Without any input from the adults the children got to work to clear the drains of the leaves and bark. A fantastic working party swung into action. They have helped us before on occasions but this time we didn't have anything to do with it. What a fantastic work ethic these children have - they can see when a job needs doing and just got on with it.

We love how they enjoy real work and caring for our environment. And there was worms to find too!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A visit from Vau from the St John Ambulance service

Today we had a visit from Vau who visits early childhood centres and schools talking about the work of the St John Ambulance service. He was just great, first telling the children about the different services: Fire Police and St John and then bringing equipment out of his little ambulance. He showed the children photos of each kind of emergency and they had to sign ‘Ambulance’ by putting both hands to their forehead and making flashing signals, ‘Fire service’ was squirting a hose and ‘Police’ a salute. The children were so engaged judging which service they would need from the cartoon photos. Next he showed an oxygen bottle and then put water in to create steam and let the children feel - "its not bad for you like smoke, its not hot like steam it's just to help some people breathe". Then he drove his little ambulance with the help of a couple of children dressed in hi-viz vests and everyone had to get out of the way - because that is what mums and dads have to do if they are driving and hear the siren. Finally he read a story about a child who fell out of a tree and broke his arm. This session was one of the best we have ever seen and Vau is to be congratulated on his easy and engaging manner with the children. We are sure they learned a lot from him.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kindergarten at the farm - The cows at the fence

When we came up the fence today the cows were lying there very close to the wires. They saw us coming but were not at all concerned and in fact just stayed there in the sun. the children were able to stand at the fence and pat them and fed them long grass through the fence. We decided to stay there and play and so some of the children spent most of the morning up close to the cows.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Kindergarten at the farm - There's something about puddles

Even though the sun had come out there were puddles at the farm today. There is something about puddles that just require a response. Isn't this just exploration at it's best.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Love being a local

We have joined the "Love being a local" campaign to encourage drivers around Mangere Bridge to slow down. What a great photo including some of our present family members and ex kindy kids.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Kindergarten at the farm - feeding chickens and a dead rat

When we in the chicken area feeding chickens the children came across a dead rat. There was much discussion about how it might have died, including a cat might have got it!
Cats aren't allowed on our farm as they are predatory around birds and the farm has all sorts of very precious species, including dotterels and godwits.

We just love the provocations for learning experiences like this provide at the farm. Language, science, relationships, biology, ecology and dealing with death all come up when we find dead animals.

Friday, May 27, 2016

House repairs

Today we found there had been some graffiti in our house so we had a working party to sand it off and repair the walls. We really like natural environments and we do not encourage children to paint or draw on the walls, even in our outside playhouse so everyone got to work and cleaned it off.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book making

Book making has been a favourite occupation for months now and today another fabulous story was turned into a book. Alex is very influenced by Star Wars, as many of our children are, and used the story to make his own book.

What better than to read your own story in a book.
And then document your own work.