Monday, March 26, 2018

Kindergarten at the Farm - Back in the cave again

It's been a long time since we have been in the cave and it was such fun to be back there again.
Today was a really hot day and it was hot both down in the cave and up in the paddock.
However everyone was so busy exploring that they quite forgot about the heat. there was so much discussion :
"It was so dark"
" Fun! If you eat lots and lots of carrots you can see in the dark"
" It was quite deep with lots of rocks"
" Dark!! I had two torches"
" It was alright"
" We were looking for the Spider King"
"Good. There was like little tiny bits of a cave and it was really good. There was a bottle and some glass"
" It was fun. I see rocks"
" It was fun too. I saw some rocks. I had a torch. Not really scary"

We had a grandad along for the day who is a Geo Tech Engineer and he told us "It's basalt rock. The holes in the rock are from the gas bubbles. The white stuff on the rocks is lichen"

The walk back to kindergarten across the paddocks was a real test however of everyone's resilience and stamina. But we all made it thanks to a juicie stop on the way.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Our pumpkin is cut!!!!!

OH No Today one of the children came in with our pumpkin on his trolley. He and his family had found it in the walkway and it had been cut from it's stem.
It is really heavy now - 26 kgs we think and someone must have thought they could cut it and take it home but then discovered it was TOO heavy.
We will have to think about what to do as it's not an eating pumpkin so perhaps we need a sign on the other one in the garden.

Monday, January 22, 2018

First day back at kindergarten and a pumpkin is growing

When we went for a walk in the Walkway garden today we found one of our pumpkins is growing. It is getting big and we will need to water it every day to help it grow bigger.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Kindergarten at the farm - A surprise at our bush hut

When we got to the bush today we found a BIG surprise. Someone had been and decorated our bush hut!! The children were convinced the fairies who live there and at kindergarten in the fairy kingdom had done it ready for xmas.
The children spent the morning rearranging the decorations and playing in the hut.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Our first sunflower blooms

We have been waiting and waiting to see the results of our planting and finally we have a flower. YEHHH

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Making Xmas gifts for our families

This year we decided to use our kiln to make xmas gifts. Each child rolled the clay and used shapes and then decorated their shapes. Some made 1, some made twenty and then we loaded the kiln and fired them. Next each cild put the string in their decorations and wrapped them ready for xmas. It was a bit tricky at times working on these gifts as we had to keep them under wraps so that they would be a surprise!! But we did it and we hear they decorated trees not only in Mangere Bridge but all over the country as they were gifted to family members. They looked fabulous when they were done.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Re planting the walkway boxes

Our planter boxes out the front of the kindergarten on the way to the Walkway garden needed a bit of TLC today so we went out and planted some of our sunflower seedlings, grown from seed by the children.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Kindergarten at the farm - Helping at the farm

When we are about the farm we often do jobs for the farmers but today we had a very different job.
"Come and see" the children called "the lamb is in the hole".

What could have happened we wondered as we went to check and there he was the lamb in the hole!!
How did he get in there!!!  He was crying so we helped him out and the looked around to find his mum.
Oh there she is over there watching so we picked him up and took over to his mum

She happily answered the BAAAA and the lamb settled down to feed.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holding the guinea pigs

Our guinea pigs Ginger Snap and Coochey Coo just love coming out to sit on a knee and have a munch on tasty grass. We ffed them all sorts of delicious treats but still their definite all time favourite is green green grass.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eco friendly wet clothes bags

One of our goals for Enviroschools is to stop using plastic bags. We needed some form of reusable bag for wet clothes and had a big sail bag of spinnaker cloth donated to us. We decided to sew bags from the donated nylon and it has been an ongoing project.

Pat got out the sewing machine and over several weeks the children have been making the bags. We now have enough to use each day with a tag on that says "Borrow me" and "Bring me back". We will be able to phase out the plastic bags. YEAH!!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Magic Peter comes to visit

We were needing some help with our kiln and one of the children's uncles is a potter, Magic Peter who volunteered to come and help out. He brought some clay and showed us his amazing magic hands on the potter's wheel and then helped programme the kiln. It was very exciting and the children were enthralled as he made 4 vessels in almost as many minutes. It takes us a lot longer to make anything on the wheel but it was a great demonstration of how if you practice and practice and practice you can become better at a skill like pottery.
Thanks to Sam's Magic Peter, Peter Collis we are now able to fire the clay works of our children and make them permanent examples of their work with clay.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Our sculptures are hanging at our farm, Ambury Farm

We have been working on creating sculptures for the kindergarten and we have made two now for Ambury Farm to hang in the Insect garden. We just love Ambury Farm and spending time there every Monday. Our student hannah earlier this year introduced us to these fabulous, colourful sculptures and the children began work on their patterns on the circles of wood. These patterns are maths concepts in a creative endeavour and we really enjoy involving children in purposeful, intentional learning.
Once created we took them to the farm on our Monday visit and hung them in the trees. We are very proud of the effort the children put into these sculptures and the results are captivating.

  Don't they just look great!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunflowers in Kindergartens

We are taking part in the Dalton's Sunflowers in Kindergartens challenge ( we really like a challenge - in fact we hear children calling out "Let's do one more challenge" as they climb).
We have photo and art examples of sunflowers (including Van Gogh) around the kindergarten as provocation and have some wonderful examples of thoughtful and creative interpretations.