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Monday at Ellerslie

Monday at Ellerslie

The tamariki were creating their own story and demonstrating great social and communication skills as they acted with the animals around the castle.

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Tuesday at Ellerslie

Tuesday at Ellerslie

The tamariki were demonstrating te o Maori concept of kotahitanga. There was a lot of interest in developing their gross-motor skills outside this morning.

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Wednesday at Ellerslie

Wednesday at Ellerslie

The tamariki were demonstrating the te wheke notion of taha tinana this morning. The wai that was used in our ‘water Wednesday’ fun was recycled and fed to our precious plants and vege garden.

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Thursday at Ellerslie

Thursday at Ellerslie

After exploring the worm farm to observe our many tiger worms I began to clean up the fairy garden next to it. Many children were interested in what I was doing and keen to help remove the old leaves and make it look nice for the fairies. Olivia wanted to add more plants to the garden and showed me just how carefully she could do this.

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Friday at Ellerslie

Friday at Ellerslie

The sandpit became a large scale construction zone, filled with water, trenches, logs and logging trucks, diggers, steamrollers and very busy builders!

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Monday at Glendowie

Monday at Glendowie

The tamariki collected water and poured it into the water tank, the water then come flowing out the tubes. The water was collected in bottles and containers. The tamariki explained that they were bottling water and sauces in a factory.

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Tuesday at Glendowie

Tuesday at Glendowie

The tamariki were offered the opportunity to create fairy gardens. Some of the tamariki collected up flower’s, leaves, small shells, grass and mini apples that had fallen from the tree. They rolled out play dough or clay onto an ice cream lid and then decorated it to form a garden. Next, they added laminated fairies, fairy houses, insects and some even added bob the builder laminated trucks instead.

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Wednesday at Glendowie

Wednesday at Glendowie

The dirt/sand hill has provided a wonderful sensory place to explore the changes water makes. The tamariki worked on a volcano by pouring water from the top they discovered it did not run down the “angle” (Sean) that they intended. Alfie placed rocks to stop it going down the wrong “angles”. Finn dug with the spade forming a river to run down in just one place. Sean continued to direct the project.

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Thursday at Glendowie

Thursday at Glendowie

Five butterflies came out of their chrysalis this morning. The tamariki observed the butterflies fluttering their wings to dry them before taking their practice flight towards the window. They told the teachers when the butterflies were at the window ready to fly out into the world. We did some research and discovered they were 3 females and 2 males.

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Friday at Glendowie

Friday at Glendowie

The volcano was again the place to explore gravity and water. The tamariki pretended the water was lava and watched as it flowed down. Finn brought a pipe, saying “We can put this down and water goes down the pipe”, They used pipes, driftwood, rocks and stumps to direct the water.

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