Kia ora tamāriki mā and whānau. Here we are again in Level 4 and it has been some time since we have seen each other. We hope you are staying safe and having fun within your family bubble. Last year Liz and I added some video’s to our blog page for you to keep in touch by listening to stories, songs, finger plays, cooking, ideas for art and nature and even some experiments. Please check these out we hope you enjoy, we may look at making more video’s with Jennifer if our Level 4 is extended into next month. Kia kaha everyone hope to see you all again soon.
Capital E are a Children’s performance company who travel around New Zealand putting on live shows. This year we booked to attend their show called “Seasons” at the TSB Showplace. The show “Seasons” transports children through song, music, and puppetry into the four seasons – raumati, ngahuru, hōtoke and kōanga. With a journey into natures world of living creatures.
We were very lucky to be selected for a pre show visit here at Manu on Friday 4th June from the cast. They entertained us with musical instruments enabling the children to become familiar with a xylophone, banjo and a piano accordion. We learned sign language and how to move our bodies to the four seasons. Then we got a very close look at some of their puppetry.
This was an excellent introductory session to the show that we attended on Tuesday 8th June. After attending the show we visited a local playground. What a wonderful way to explore our community within the current season and build on our tamariki sense of belonging.
The Olympic Games couldn’t go ahead in 2020 due to the world wide Covid pandemic, instead they were held this year in 2021 in Tokyo Japan. We followed the games with great interest.
While following these events and celebrating the success of our NZ sportspeople. We held our very own Olympic events here at Manu. Our games provided our children opportunities to try different sports like weight lifting, boxing, long jump, hurdles, sprints, high jump and football skills. With our children learning to grow and develop skills both physical and mental. Some of these were: strength, speed, coordination, patience, determination, and resilience, as well as just having fun. It was great to see our children revisiting many of these events to practice their newly acquired skills.
This term we have been exploring music, dance and puppetry. Our tamariki have embraced the art of performance within an environment adorned by tutus, puppets, costumes and a puppet theatre. We have listened to stories and danced to music, and performed our very own performances of Peter and the Wolf. This has been a fabulous build up to our excursion to visit the Val Deakin Theatre to watch dancers perform “Peter and the Wolf”. What an exciting adventure this was with a bus ride to the ballet and a visit to the playground on our way back to Manu.
These rich experiences have helped our tamariki to develop confidence through learning to take a risk to perform in front of others. Enriching language with opportunities to retell stories and movement through dance. Our excursion was an opportunity to grow a deepening sense of belonging at Manu and the confidence to explore within our wider community.
This year we celebrated Puanga alongside a belated farewell to kaiako Maree who left us just before lockdown due to Covid 19. It was wonderful to see so many faces, past and present join us in this special event to share kai, stories, wish all the best to Maree and see in the Māori New Year. The sun was shining, the kindergarten was busy and a great time was had by all.