Monday, 26 February 2018

Pukeko Update

We have begun academic learning in Te Kōhanga (the nest) this week. Children have begun bringing home little readers in their reading folders. These are for the children to practice at home. The readers should be easy by the time they get home. The first strategies we teach children is to point to and look at the words. They use the pictures as clues for the words. If they get stuck on a word and they have the alphabet knowledge they will get the first sound of the word they are not sure of.

We have also begun math instruction. Focusing on number knowledge at the level of each child. Counting, reading and writing numbers, making 5 and making ten.

Casey Caterpillar is a writing program that teaches the shapes needed to write all the letters in the alphabet. The last Pukeko Update had photos of the children's first Casey Caterpillar session.

This week the children have become far more active with imaginary play. They are moving from playing independently and in pairs into more group play. They have accessed a larger range of equipment to develop a more complex play scenario.

Playing with play-dough developed into making food. The children then created a shop to sell the food they were making. They used bottle tops and crayons for money. They asked for help with a shop sign. Another group of children used the play-dough to create a birthday party which they dressed up for.

In other play, several children created a hospital and took turns to be the patient and to be doctor. They dressed up, used x-ray pictures and medical masks in their play.

We have seen much more collaboration between children when completing construction tasks. Children have been including others into their play and helping/teaching each other what they need to know to be part of the play/game.

The big day out was a great success. The children had a fun time and were very visible in their bathing caps. This made it easy to keep them safe.

Next week we are going to investigate the Pukeko, our namesake and we would like your help. Please, over the weekend could you take the time to find one or two bits of information about the Pukeko. With your child you could find a book, a small video, images, or search good old google. It would be great if the information could come from the children. We will also create pukeko in artistic form and use both the information and the art to create a wall display in the classroom.

We will also be starting Sportstart games focussed around target games.

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