Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
These e-profiles will be closed to public viewing so only the teaching team and people parents choose to invite will be able to see them.
With final approvals granted we are now at the last step of introducing
What is an e-profile?
An E-profile is an online
version of the profile books we have at kindergarten.
we’ll also be able to place video clips on them from time to time.
The format will be just like that of the kindergarten blog.
Unlike the kindergarten blog (which is open to the world) only the
teaching team and people using email accounts you nominate will be able to
With e-profiles you’ll be able to easily upload your own
pictures and stories as well. We encourage you to do this.
E-profiles will allow you to become a follower of your child’s
blog/e-profile, which will alert you when it’s updated.
may even wish to invite your child’s school teacher, so it can continue on when
they start school.
If you do opt for an e-profile we will stop
printing a black an white copy of learning stories for you, as now you’ll be
able to access full colour digital copies from home or work. We would still like
your contribution about the learning that is happening for your child.
We will however still keep a colour hard copy in your child’s
profile book at Kindergarten.
How do I get one?
would like your child to have an e-profile, please send us a reply email with a
list of those emails you would like to have access to your child’s profile.
You will need to sign up for a google account for each of those
emails. (This is easy and quick, and we can help if you have difficulties.)
As we get your replies we will start to create and
set up the e-profiles over the next two months and link them to our blogsite for
We will also have blogging workshops to help you
Today the interest in wheels continued. The group sought to find their own challenge and turned to the tramp to bounce their wheels on. What a great lot of team work was required and lots and lots of fun. The group used the words "Watch out", and took great care of each other and the windows in the background. Jo.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We had this terms shared meal today, on the menu was cauliflower in cheese sauce, roast pumpkin, kumara and potato. Boiled peas, mashed potato with parsley, silver beet and celery from our garden, treats Aidan brought in, pikelets, icecream, maple syrup, sprinkles and banana.
Fran one of our senior teachers joined us for lunch as well.
The children and teachers spend the morning preparing the food (more photo's to come), we had a great meal and then it was time for piles of dishes. Kia ora nga ringa wera.
Remember parents are always most welcome to come and share lunch with the children and especially so for these special events, either as a helper, eater or both.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The current supply of powdered fluoride the town uses is becoming hard to source, meaning the town will have to switch to a different type of fluoride requiring different machinery to mix it with the water if we wish to continue fluoridating the water. Not everyone agrees fluoridation is a good thing, the council will therefore be taking the opportunity to survey residents to see if fluoridation should continue.
Points were made for and against fluoridation.
Both sides recognised fluoride can be helpful to preventing decay. Fluoride replaces an Ion (ca+?) on the teeth making teeth more resistant to acid.
Both sides recognised that at high concentration levels fluoride is toxic. (As are most things is life.)
Profluoridation spokes people pointed out their appears to be a definite correlation between fluoridation and less tooth decay. (Though results vary widely.)
This correlation is not consistent however, nor does fluoridation prevent all decay.
Both sides recognised that lack of fluoridated water likely is not the primary cause of tooth decay, suggesting sugary, acidic drink and food, and improper brushing are the main factors.
One problem raised with studies is how can we be sure that everyone is drinking the water, many indicated they won't drink town water due to taste.
It was counter-argued that if less people are drinking the water due to taste, (main taste is likely to be chlorine) this would mean the observed beneficial effects of fluoridated water would be decreased in the studies, so any observed benefits would actually be greater than studies indicate.
One (profluoridation) dentist indicated making a cup of tea with unfluoridated water would result in tea that has four times as much fluoride as normal fluoridated drinking water, as fluoride is found in other substances such as tea. Most of the fluoride we ingest in food and drink is excreted by our kidneys (along with other toxins.)
This raises the question how much are we getting already from other sources? Does this mean we don't need to add any extra to our water? Is there a clear pathway in the body for ingested fluoride to reach teeth, (as opposed to fluoride applied directly to teeth as a paste and spat out- as recommended.)
Anti fluoridation spokespeople pointed out it is unethical to medicate people without informed consent. Further unlike prescribed medicine there is no way to know how large a dose any individual is receiving or what the effects are on that person.
Both sides agreed fluoridation of water supply does lead to increased fluorosis of teeth, with the anti side indicating this was a sign of fluoride poisoning, but not explaining what harmful effects this would have, and the pro side indicating no conclusive evidence for harmful effects linked to fluorosis could be found.
Council was not able to indicate if fluoride levels at the tap (as opposed to at the source) vary from household to household, across town as this is not currently measured. Perhaps this needs to be investigated.
Concerns were raised of unknown environmental effects of putting fluoridated water back into river systems.
Council was asked would they provide fluoride filters for households choosing to opt out of fluoridated water. (Not all filters remove it.) This would have to be discussed at council.
Council was asked could they instead tax sugary, acidic drinks and use the money for dental health programmes, but this would probably be outside their scope.
It was not made clear why the recommended levels are the recommended levels.
Fluoride does occur naturally at various levels in water supplies world wide.
Boiling water does not remove fluoride but concentrates it.
Placing water to stand in a glass jug can help improve the taste. (Much like standing fish tank water to remove chlorine.)
More information can be found at the council site they would love to hear your feedback.
edit: Thankyou to those people who have commented on our report for parents.
I've read the information on why we shouldn't fluoridate you've provided, but can't publish it or the links here as it's not the kindergartens role to take sides in a political debate, or to act as a site for the debate to take place. Our role is to inform parents the debate is taking place and refer them to where they can participate.
I would encourage you to submit the information you've provided to the council site this post links too.
Parents who wish to see the comments can ask at kindy and I'll print off the links for you. One is an article on fluoride levels in tea, one is a link to a blog on why we shouldn't fluoridate, and another is a link to a website on why we shouldn't fluoridate.
I can publish this link however, which has fluoride levels in various foods.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Back on the bus again we headed back to kindy.
Then on the way home we got to see the emergency services we've been learning about in action as a car clipped another one heading the other way straight behind our bus.
and two ambulances turned up.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
He talked about his equipment, and police dogs, and about what police do. It turns out police help people as well as "catching baddies." Aidan tried the handcuffs first.
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.... do you know why?
The children today enjoyed a fun story and puppet show that I had brought in from home. The children were great at practicing patience, waiting for their turn, as well as learning to deal with disappointment if they didn't get their chosen animal. The children were using memory to recall which animal was going to be next and recalling which animals had been swallowed before, and they didn't complain once about my singing! What a great bunch of helpers they were for me and very attentive too. Kiri Fraser.
Pai ki ahau ki te whakarongo koutou tamariki. I like the way you all listened children.
I was really impressed by Kiri's impromptu mat time. The children were able to come and go as they needed, and I noticed when children moved away (after all sitting still is the hardest balancing skill ) they were still very aware of the story and returned to it as soon as it restarted.
Informal free choice versus formal compulsory mattimes are something a lot of earlychildhood settings are currently thinking about.
Kiri must have sung the story twenty times, as new children joined in and others asked for it again and again, her group getting larger and larger. She managed the many and varied demands very well.
As we watched the video together and it was fascinating to see all the different ways the children had of participating in the story, each at a level they were comfortable with and it's not always necessary to sit up straight to be actively participating. I noticed Aidan dropping the old lady book on his head while he waited for the story to get organised, then sitting up ready to join in again as soon as it started.
I noticed how the children joining the mat would often stand on the outside observing the social rules of the group, figuring out how they could fit in. Often they innovated how they would participate, as when Lachie found his own puppet or Emma and Gina got chairs to become an audience. They also experienced negotiating and compromise as they weren't always able to get what they wanted straight away.
There was also sequencing, a math's skill.
As well as the, maths, music and social side of things there was also problem solving as the children figured out how to fit the puppets into the old lady.
Great story Kiri.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Ana works with Isobel and Grace who took turns to document their game with photo's.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I was thinking it would be too hard, but as least we can learn where cheese comes from. We googled you tube and got Chef John Food wishes How to make Cheese Video Wow so easy. So I got the ingredients together that night (supplying a cube of cheese for the basket in the meanwhile) and the next day, mainly Annalise, Caleb, Erin, but also Katy, Connor, Ollie, Hunter all helped me make it.
First we squeezed lemon juice, then heated the milk to a simmer ("not boiling!"- Chef John) stirring as we went. (Any spare lemons most welcome.) Once heated I added the cultured buttermilk (to avoid splashes), plus lemon juice and white vinegar. We sat it the milk while it curdled. (I love sharing science experiment type stuff about how things and made with the children. Casein plastic is made in similar way.) I passed the ladle with holes (name please?) around and we slowly ( a bit of a challenge for some) spooned it into the cheese cloth. Then we hung it, took it down, mixed it with the salt, and chilled it in the fridge overnight.