Raumati Rooms

Room 4 News

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.   frogsFirst 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…

tamariki 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.MRD_BoysClub_Cluster2

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


Room 3 News

Kia ora, talofa, Hallo, Ciao and welcome to everyone.

This is our first newsletter for 2014 and a quick update of happenings in our room.

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas / New Years break and would like to welcome our children and families back to Chelsea House for 2014. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new children and their families to Chelsea House and our room, we look forward to getting to know you during your time with us. The teachers have enjoyed hearing about the children’s Christmasboxes stacked adventures, especially about the presents Santa left for them such as bikes, trampolines and dolls.

Our end of year Christmas concert was a huge success, the children and staff all had a lot of fun practising our songs. It was great to see so many parents and family come along to share the concert with us, we hope you enjoyed our show.

Staff changes in our room: we would like to thank Steven for being part of our room three team for the past 4 months. Steven will be working in room 5 from the 13th January in a more permanent role. We have enjoyed Steven sharing his fantastic songs with us, such as The Banana song and working with and alongside him during his time in our room.  Jade, our new staff member will start with us on the 13th January.  Jade is currently in her final year of study (Bachelor of teaching) and at the end of last year was a student teacher in room 3, you may remember seeing her in our room.

Teachers hours and days for 2014 will be:

Julia Carolyn Kaesee Jade Lynley
  Monday 7:00 – 4:30  8:00 – 5:00  9:00 – 6:00
  Tuesday  7:00 – 4:00  9:00 – 6:00  7:30 – 4:30
  Wednesday  8:30 – 5:30  8:00 – 5:00  7:00 – 4:30
  Thursday  8:30 – 6:00  8:00 – 5:00  7:00 – 4:00  9:00 – 6:00
  Friday  8:00 – 5:00  7:00 – 4:00  9:00 – 6:00

It is fantastic to see all the children returning and getting back into our daily routines. Our class programme is based around the children’s individual and group interests with many of these continuing from last year. Family corner / baby play has been a constant interest for a number of children for some time now, with the children pretending to be mummies and babies. It is fascinating to watch and listen to the conversations as the children pretend to feed each other,  put babies to sleep, or go shopping (with cell phone of course).

color-paletteOur art corner is another area which is really popular, recently a number of children completed some group collage. Each child made their own artistic contribution and the result was an amazing creation which the children proudly called their garden. This is going to be displayed in our room, please feel free to come and have a look at this masterpiece and the other wonderful creations around our room.

As the weather has been warmer, we have noticed the children love to be outside, playing in the sandpit, extending their balance and co-ordination on the climbing equipment, riding the bikes and being involved in water play activities. Please ensure your child has a named sunhat for outside play and plenty of spare clothes.

A whānau story form was recently placed in your child’s cubby for you to fill in and return. scriptThe stories provide the teachers with information about your child’s interests outside the centre or special events that may have happened. The teacher’s can then talk to the children about these interests or events and make connecting links between the child’s home and centre environments. We appreciate and value any parent feedback you may provide.

The room three team look forward to another great year working alongside the children and families in room three.

Ka kite

Julia, Carolyn, Kaesee, Lynley and Jade.