Hunter Park Kindergarten

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Train movies

Thanks to Kiri and Wayne for their footage.

I still have the photo highlights to come.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How crickets sing

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.


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.

Here'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


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Scooter Board


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.