Monday, June 20, 2011

We are celebrating Matariki - Maori New Year throughout June. With help from everyone we have set up our own 'Planetarium' under the verandah. Black plastic covering the walls and roof, planets inflated and hung in place, lights, space ships, books, puzzles and posters make this a special place to explore and discover much about the stars. Did you know Matariki is also called Pleiades or Seven Sisters? Learning has been further enhanced with other related activities - flying saucers, (you can see the spacemen finger puppets ready for take off) and what great fun we had launching Jude's rocket into space - 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1...blast off !!! It only flew over the fence once! This ongoing celebration will continue with a Matariki story telling session with Kaitrin. Dramatic and role play always features strongly in our programme and this week a group of children initiate a concert of their own featuring music, dance and singing. The 'audience' are enthralled by the show and are patiently waiting for their turn to be part of the act...........thanks to the 'directors' for being so inclusive and inviting all those budding performers to join in. We must do this again soon.

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