Hunter Park Kindergarten

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Train movies

Thanks to Kiri and Wayne for their footage.

video I still have the photo highlights to come.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How crickets sing

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The male crickets sing with their wings, rubbing them together.

Cicadas sing differently, look underneath them to see how they sing.

I'll try to get one without the glass for a clearer view.

Caterpillars

Monica came back and helped the children plant some vegetables, but something has been eating them. We had a look and sure enough lots of eggs and caterpillars under the cabbages.
The swan plants she'd planted a few years back also had a very hungry visitor as well.





Monday, February 22, 2010

Train trip- first of the videos.

videoHere's the first of the video footage from our train trip.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Animals at the beach, Nga kararehe i te one

He Kākara, a Whelk
Karengo, sea lettuce
He akiaki, a red billed gull.

He Ngaeti, Some periwinkles.


Rimurimu, neptunes necklace

He tākapu mate, a dead gannet


He ataata, pūpū, a catseye.



Nga tio Piripiri, Barnacles



He Papatangaroa, A spiny starfish




He weki, a snakestail star





He Tarawera, a common shrimp


He piritoka pākai anga (trans.), he rori, a shield shell limpet, Scutus antipodes.





He Rori, a sea slug (so cute!)




He Potipoti, a sandhopper


He Pāpaka Ura, a red rock crab.


He Pāua, an abalone




He rērere, a marbled rock crab (common rock crab)




He weki huna, A mottled brittle star





He Kina, a sea urchin


He Kāunga, a Hermit crab








He Pāpaka Huna, a dressing crab





He Kapu Parahua, a Cushion star



He Kōkopu (trans.), a common triplefin



He Kōkopu, a marine bully or variable triple fin


He karoro, a black backed gull

He punua ika?, a young fish?




Saturday, February 13, 2010

Marbling Oils

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scooter Board

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Ants and Dragons

Lots of insect visitors today.
Several dragon flys nga kapokapowai flitted around the kindergarten after the rain today. We caught one for a closer inspection before letting it go to dart off.











When we opened the sandpit door, the ants -nga popokorua- had been busy over the weekend. Note how they lift up their abdomens to release a warning chemical smell to the others.
Working together they quickly carried the white pupae away.
Some of the pupae were darker, nearly ready to emerge as adult ants.
Some of the ants weren't as dark as the others, having just emerged and their skin still hardening, but even these new members of the colony helped with the evacuation.
We watched and discussed what they were doing.






See the eyes starting to form on the pupae.


See how they carefully carry them in their jaws.






Short dragon fly movie.



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