Kiaora from Rachel, Debbie, Kay and Sandy Jan/Feb 14
This is a quick catch up on the latest planning and ‘goings on’ in room 4.
Kiaora koutou and welcome back to all our tamariki, whanau, kaiako (teachers) who have been away over Christmas. We are now getting into the swing of things again and getting our new planning underway. First up it’s the time of year for frogs/poraka and butterflies/purerehua, and we are so lucky to have both with us at Chelsea House this season. Our lovely Amelia has brought in the poraka and the purerehua have landed naturally on our swan plant outside. Our tamariki are enjoying being able to watch their development and many are making this a daily ritual to prop themselves up at the bench and see which tadpoles are nearly poraka. We kaiako DO have to keep a close eye too as one of our frogs was found hiding on a cloth beside the tank!!! Please see our display board outside with all the stories, facts and fun relating to these topics – please let us know too your experiences.
We want to welcome our new teacher Debbie to room 4; she will be here Wednesday and Thursdays. Debbie has a passion for gardening and creating learning opportunities for our tamariki to explore plants, bugs and natural resources. So far this has been HUGELY popular and it’s great to see our children respecting and taking an interest in their natural world… so feel free to bring in any plants, flowers, leaves etc you might find…
As many of our tamariki are becoming siblings this year we would love to nurture these happenings by ‘stocking’ up our family corner area. One of our goals is to purchase/acquire dolls prams, cots, blankets, kitchen equipment i.e. old pots and pans, containers, bottles etc to aid this play (if you have any that you are hoping to get rid off please consider us). Many of our children are already enjoying what we do have and put their babies to bed, cook meals, dress up etc so this will be even more fantastic once our goal is achieved!
Our latest review is to develop a ‘quiet nook’ in room 4 for our tamariki to have an area for book reading and doing puzzles, away from the ‘busyness’ of the room. We will keep you ‘up to date’ with our progress by displaying any information/findings above the sign in sheet on the board outside room 4.
We are going to be cooking once a fortnight so please share with us any recipes your children know and do at home with you so we can add them to our menu! Children love repetition, and having familiar experiences here as well at home supports the children’s sense of belonging.
And finally please keep bringing in any resources that can be used in our art and craft area…e.g. lids, toy and food catalogues, shiny chocolate wrappers etc.
Ka kite everyone from the room 4 teachers