see Nathan Wallis for his evening presentation. If you did not we will let you know when he is back again next.
Davina and Debbie were fortunate to attend his foundation training day.
Te whāriki is the early childhood curriculum, the learning we do at Preschool links to the goals within the curriculum. Some of the learning over the last week can be identified by the Te Whāriki goal Belonging Goal 2.
The children have been caring for the environment by gardening, removing the summer growth and preparing the soil for the new plants. They are learning about the natural world and how the seasons evolve
causing changes around them. They are involved in sharing their goals to be involved in making decisions for their own learning. The programme offers children the opportunity to take Preschool’s own penguin home for an overnight stay where children then share their penguin’s experience with the group at mat time. Oral language and being creative are promoted daily at Preschool, they are empowered to tell their own story.
Children are encouraged to share their family and whanau with the group at Preschool. Thomas and Holly’s Grandma Pam Bowyer came to bake with the children.
Fostering Creativity in children and what behaviours we should nurture with Jane Healy. In her book Your Child’s Growing Mind she lists characteristics of creative people. These are some of them:
- Seeing patterns and relationships
- Combining things or ideas in new ways
- Coming to a decision independently and taking action based on it
- The ability to shift from one idea to another
- The ability to take a risk
- Asking ‘what if’ questions and making insightful observations
- Finding enjoyment in thinking and working alone
- Having a strong intuition – ‘seeing ‘ the answer to a problem
Nathan Wallis also talked about encouraging children to be creative thinkers with open ended equipment and he shared with us that Lego was a very popular choice for encouraging children’s creativeness.
Thank you to Rotorua Duck Tours for their generosity taking our children out on the lake. We had a fabulous time again.
Farewell to Holly Bowyer who is graduating to school on Wednesday 1st June and Yasmin Skevington who graduates on Thursday 9th June—Happy School Days. Welcome to Gracie Bradley who starts Preschool on Friday 10th June.
Feijoa cake healthy recipe with Pam Bowyer
Made by the children and Nana Pam Bowyer, thumbs up Pam!!
Heat oven to 180 degrees, spray and line a 23cm spring form tin.
½ cup milk
1.5 cups of sugar
1 cup mashed feijoas (about 8)
1 teaspoon vanilla
75 g softened butter
Place the above ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.
In a large bowl sift in:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pour in the contents of the food processor, mix and pour into a prepared tin. Bake for about 40 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool for about 5 minutes in the tin, remove completely and cool on a wire tray. Dust with icing sugar, and serve with yoghurt.
Our family like it with cream cheese icing. Yum.