With transport as our inquiry focus we began some travel planning for our friends 'Bee' and 'Bot'. This included planning a path and directions, programming our instructions and seeing if they were able to travel in the correct direction. 'Bee' and 'Bot' would often go in different directions, so we needed to correct them and off they went again. We will continue creating different paths, roads and tracks for them in the coming weeks.
Our letter of the week is letter 'e' ... egg, elephant and earmuffs are some of our letter tree objects this week. We also had a great time with Egg carton artwork making some eggapillars and some elephant handprints. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (12/03/2020)
Preschool have been continuing their investigation into transport this week, with Bike Day. All the children brought in their wheels and most importantly their helmets which they decorated with colourful streamers that flew behind them in the wind. With a wiggly path to follow, one by one, our students went scootering and biking across the courts, some fast and some slow and it was exciting to see the level of confidence increasing as the day went on.
An important message was keeping ourselves and others safe when on our wheels and road safety has been an area of discussion over the week. Students practiced on our 'pretend' pedestrian crossing, looking left/right/left, recognising different road signs and what they mean.... "Twinkle, twinkle traffic light... standing on the corner bright". See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (05/03/2020)
Sun, Sand and Water, the perfect combination!
This week we welcomed Junyi and Ruby to our Preschool whanau along with their families. We have enjoyed getting to know you all this week. The letter of the week is 'C' and so we took part in some 'Cooking' mixing together a delicious batch of 'Chocolate Cupcakes' to share during our picnic lunch under the tree. With the sun coming out this week we have enjoyed more time outdoors, including mat and lunch times. Water introduced into our sand play has been a lot of fun, mixing some mud pies, squishing our feet and hands in the water which felt 'cold' and constructing a big river with a dam to stop the water running. This was a team approach and required the diggers, dump trucks and spades as the tamariki worked together to direct the water in the right direction.Our continued focus on transport is ongoing and with our fire evacuation last week 'fire trucks' have become a topic of discussion for the tamariki. With sirens and fire engines being included in our dramatic play. See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (27/02/2020)
Preschool brainstorm the Letter 'B'
It's Week 3 in Preschool and the letter is 'B'. There are so many words that begin with the letter 'B'. Book, Bunny, Ball, Blue, Banana and Bus. With the blue dough we made beautiful butterflies and boats. Another 'B' word is Baking, and this week we used, baking soda, butter, baking powder, bananas and bowls to beat our delicious B cake. We have also begun our inquiry focus - exploring Ngā Waka - trains, planes and cars. Some of the questions the tamariki have asked are, "Do sea planes have wheels?" "Why do planes have a pilot?" and "How do planes fly?" We will be answering all these questions during the term. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (20/02/2020)
Treaty and Letter 'A'
This week Preschool has been focusing on 'relationships and friendships', what does it mean to be a good friend? We spent time thinking about this in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, writing our own Te Tiriti o Marsden Preschool, sharing, listening and thinking about what we can do. "Look after our plants and birds and Pippa the Cat" was one suggestion and also "Be nice to other children" and "Look after our families". Every student signed our agreement with a handprint. The letter of the week is 'A'. Lot's of words begin with A, including Anzac Biscuits which we made and shared during our lunch kai. We have had four new tamariki settling this term and our older Preschoolers have demonstrated their kindness as they manaki our new tamariki into the Preschool whanau. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (12/02/2020)
Term 1, 2020
Week one in Preschool has been busy with the focus of Whakawhanaungatanga - building relationships and a sense of belonging within the Marsden Preschool Whānau. We welcomed three new tamariki this week. Using the story the Rainbow Fish we talked about making new friendships and what it means to be a good friend to each other. We then created our own rainbow fish to display on the preschool walls. Many of our learning experiences have focused on introducing and remembering the preschool routines, kai times, meal times and activity time. Today we have been baking some delicious biscuits and making some Chinese lanterns as we discuss Chinese New Year, the year of the Rat, while also talking about Waitangi Day and writing our own preschool treaty. (07/02/2020)