Hunter Park Kindergarten

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

steam train- a bit late

A bit late but some stills and thoughts on our train journey.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tiger Beetle

Spot the tiger beetle. (I left this photo big so when you click on it you can hunt the beetle.)
While hunting butterflies with Greta and Cicadas with Becky, we spotted the tiger beetles have been emerging from their holes and managed to catch this one for a photo session before we let it go again. We watched it take off and capture an ant.




A Lego house

Last night James May's Toy story screened a lifesize house being made out of lego, it was so cool. So Sharon set up her laptop to the TV and we watched selected bits of it again on tv 3 on demand. "Wow, holy shoot, look at that!"
There was lots of great science, such as testing lego beams of different designs with weights till they collapsed, plus lots of inspired building.
It fitted in really well with the increasing interest and development of construction play we have had over the last few weeks.


If you want to watch it, T.V. three has it available until about the 21st of March 2010 for New Zealand viewers, you may want to check your broadband plan to make sure you have enough bandwidth to download it first.



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rollers

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I set up a long pipe set at the start of the day along with many balls of different sizes and weights, then rolled one down so it leapt out of the scale bowl at the end and into a basket.

James thought this was cool and asked for a go, I thought about it and then said he could have a turn with my construction ;), Soon he was joined by lots of others, but it was James, Emily and Lochie who stayed with it throughout the day, racing the balls experimenting with the end and perhaps wondering while some balls went faster than others. We might have to borrow a timer and time our balls next time.

Spinners

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I watched Noah and Harry taking turns to load up the swing with barks "it's raining bark"

"The bark is coming down" ? was their chant as they took turns to drop bark in. They explained it to me and I pulled out my camera and they were kind enough to explain it again. Malachi was watching and decided he wanted a go to.

Nigel Latta

Nigel Latta on National Radio Have you been listening to Nigel Latta's series on national radio?
If you missed it catch the podcasts.

"Think of young children as chimpanezes.. if you can train a snail you can train a child."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Process Cooking


More Highland

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Highland dancing continues to be requested, and there's lots of "I'm going to be at dancing tomorrow," with mums telling us our dancers count the sleeps between lessons.

Eden, Katy, Billie, Abigail, Harriet, Charlotte and more.

We watched some pipe bands on youtube the other day to learn about how the music is made. We also had a go a marching, did you know Sharon used to be a marching girl, and so was her mum.

We must watch the dancers on Greenwood Community Kindergarten's Blog with our dancers, what will they think?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Higland Cd arrived

videoOur new highland dance cd "leap and rock" volume I, arrived today. We purchased it due to the on going interest in highland dancing which up to now we've only been able support with some irish pipe and jigs by Declan Masterton. We put it on and started to explore the possibilities. Perhaps we need some old school kilts in our dance clothes!

Following a beat is a good way to learn about numbers, physically and mentally.

Floating frog

videoOne of the cool things about our frog tank is they have lots of room to swim. Here's one of them having a float with commentary by Maia.

75th Jubilee at Aerodrome

Lots of our families visited the aerodrome over the weekend for it's jubilee. Kegan's dad David made a video and brought it in for us. It's been popular viewing and has inspired lots of shared stories since then.
Adele also brought us in some of her shots to go up on the blog, thanks Adele.





Becky's Jodel!







Adele's Videos that we put together for her, though not quite as classy as the as Kegan's dad David's professional job.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Moths and Crickets

We seem to have a colony of wattle gall moths in with our crickets.
We've found a lot of our crickets splitting out of their old skin, leaving them soft and white till their new skin hardens. Cockroaches can also be found with soft white skin after a moult.