Mairtown Kindergarten - Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project
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2M ago
Our kindergarten has recently participated in 'Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens', a nationwide project which encourages tamariki in becoming our next generation of gardeners.  https://www.daltons.co.nz/sunflowers-kindergartens On August 21st 2023 we started by planting our sunflower seeds, with each tamaiti carefully taking a biodegradable pot, filling it with soil then sowing their own special sunflower seed. These were then labeled and placed inside in a warm spot. Planting our sunflower seeds individually was a meaningful hands-on experience, that encouraged a sense of responsibilit ..read more
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Oh Christmas Tree!
Mairtown Kindergarten
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4M ago
  The Mairtown Kindergarten year is coming closer to its end, and that always means very special events are just around the corner – Christmas and the Summer holidays!! This is a time of anticipation and planning for our special year’s end traditions. One of these is decorating a Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree festival at St John’s (Golden) Church. For some years now our tamariki have created beautiful decorations with a sustainability theme to adorn our Mairtown Kindergarten tree. To create our decorations, we use a variety of recycled, reused, and natural resources, a diverse ran ..read more
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Matariki at Mairtown Kindergarten 2023
Mairtown Kindergarten
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8M ago
At Mairtown Kindergarten we love to celebrate Matariki (the Māori New Year) because it is unique to our country and culture. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth Papatūānuku.  Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change. It’s a time to prepare, and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit, and people. We began by sharing pūrākau through our boo ..read more
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Learning about our awa with Wai Tuwhera o te Taiao
Mairtown Kindergarten
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11M ago
Back in April 2022, I learnt of a water sampling programme which was being undertaken by Wai Tuwhera o te Taio (Open Waters Aotearoa), part of the Environmental Authority. Their programme involves linking community groups and the science of Wilderlab, to sample and undertake testing of the water within our rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. The aim of this programme is to enable local communities to understand their own waterways better, and use the knowledge gained to consider how we can contribute to improving the health and diversity of life within them over time.  The testing inv ..read more
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Monarch Butterflies; an experience of transformation
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1y ago
          Last year our Professional Practice Manager Kim Townsend brought in eight caterpillars, and this turned into a great learning experience that lasted many weeks, even months. Tamariki began observing the caterpillars, drawing what they saw, asking questions, and investigating using the insect books provided. Tamariki explored the changes occurring within this area throughout the days, both alongside their e hoa and on their own.  Some of our caterpillars were named by the tamariki. “Slinky, plinky, blinky, twinky and blon ..read more
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Social Emotional Learning at Mairtown Kindergarten
Mairtown Kindergarten
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1y ago
Emotional competence includes understanding what we are feeling and why we are feeling it, as well as appreciating how others may be feeling and the impact of our actions on them. It also includes responding to our feelings and expressing them appropriately – and, when the feelings are strong or difficult to manage, in ways that help us calm down and feel better.(He Māpuna Te Tamaiti, 2019). Emotional literacy is made up of 'the ability to understand emotions, the ability to listen to others constructively and the ability to express emotions productively. To be emotionally literate is to ..read more
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Our Garden Project - Growing our skills and knowledge
Mairtown Kindergarten
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1y ago
At Mairtown Kindergarten "the enviro-schools kaupapa guides our teaching, and we uphold Papatūānuku as an important kaiako; in nature herself the possibilities to learn and grow have no limits. We valueand utilise the expertise within our wider community regularly in our teachings. Respect for each other, our environment, our community and resources are both encouraged and promoted, and our teaching team sensitively scaffold and role-model these expectations" (Mairtown Philosophy, 2020).   In March we decided to create a mud kitchen space where our vegetable garden was ..read more
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Matariki 2022 at Mairtown Kindergarten
Mairtown Kindergarten
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1y ago
  At Mairtown Kindergarten we love to celebrate Matariki (The Māori New Year) because it is such a special event in Māori culture and for our bicultural nation. As the twinkling stars of Matariki rise in the winter sky, this is a time for people to come together, to remember their ancestors, to share kai, sing and tell stories. This celebration reminds us of the cycle of life, and natural ways of marking the passage of time. It is certainly a ritual which is very much looked forward to and treasured by the whole community of Mairtown Kindergarten, warming our hearts as we come together, r ..read more
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Movement, Physical Development, and Risky Play
Mairtown Kindergarten
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1y ago
  “Just like reading and writing, children have to learn how to move”.   After reflecting on the learning taking place this term at Mairtown, a big interest is in physical play and risky play. Our children have enjoyed testing their physical capabilities, pushing their limits in what their bodies are capable of, and learning new skills. With the different ages, abilities, and skill levels within our kindergarten, this is an interest that has been expressed by many of our children in a range of different ways. A good way to look at/set up an environment is to consider the fo ..read more
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Our Mairtown Kindergarten Treaty
Mairtown Kindergarten
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2y ago
  As our kindergarten whānau were settling in to the new year together, and Waitangi Day was approaching, I reflected on two things; how could we introduce the importance of Waitangi Day to our tamariki in a way which was meaningful and relatable to them, and how could our establishing community strengthen common understandings about working together and relating to each other and our environment in positive ways? It seemed that te Tiriti ō Waitangi could open a door to beginning a shared kōrero, building towards both goals. The New Zealand Curriculum states: “The Treaty of Waitangi i ..read more
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