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Monthly Archives: November 2016

First Steps baby returns

Laura Ryan and her Mum recently visited First Steps Palmerston North but this wasn’t their first time at the centre. The minute Laura walked in the door of the infants room, our longest standing staff members Janice and Caroline were delighted to see her as they remembered her from when she was in their care! […]

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Cody visits

Cody recently came to Community Kindy Te Rapa. Ngā tamariki were very excited to see him. Cody and his friend spoke to us about keeping safe in the sun, by wearing a shirt, putting on sunscreen, wearing a hat sunglasses and using an umbrella. Ngā tamariki sung a song with Cody called “Slip, Slop, Slap […]

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Be School Ready

Montessori Bethlehem have been actively using our Be School Ready Programme to get their children ready for school. Here’s a short video of one of the children from the centre using the moveable alphabet resource to spell a word.

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Little vege-pod

Gardening is a key aspect of our centre at Montessori Bethlehem and we were a Tui winning garden a couple of years ago. The gardening still continues all led by the children. One of our Mums is a retailer for Vege-pod.  A home garden container that self waters and has a protective canopy. She has kindly […]

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Visit a garden

ABC Monokia’s tamariki recently went on an excursion to one of our teacher’s houses to learn more about sustainability and gardening. We talked about the food that comes from the garden, placing an emphasis on nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. While in the garden, we found few strawberries and in a month time we might […]

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Grandparent’s Day

At TopKids Harrison our vision is to be ‘an extension of the whanau, providing quality care and education in a home away from home’. With Christmas drawing near, and excitement about Santa’s imminent arrival growing the time has come to start decorating our classrooms with homemade Christmas decorations. Today we invited our grandparents along to […]

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Maisie visits First Steps Palmerston North and the pet shop

The Children from the Community Kindy room at First Steps Palmerston North had two exciting things happen today! They were going on a trip to the pet shop to look at some accessories for their fish tank which was exciting in itself but then Janene brought her dog Maisie into the centre so they decided […]

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Fundraising for The Hearing House

Six children from First Steps Ascot visited the Hearing House to give the funds they have raised at Support Office for Loud Shirt Day in October. It was a lovely opportunity for the children to play together. First Steps Ascot is looking forward to hosting the Hearing House preschool children in our newly renovated centre […]

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Experiment with science

Today at ABC Tauranga Central, the children explored ice and a few other substances (Baking Soda, Salt and Vinegar).  It was interesting to hear the working theories the children had on what was happening.  Firstly the children explored through touch and taste discovering that one of the ice blocks was vinegar and the other three […]

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Special Visitors

At Community Kindy Waihi, it was our turn to host our friends from Hetherington House. We have a reciprocal program with our local aged care home which has been going for 18 months now and the children and elderly are really comfortable with each other. Jane set up a sensory activity where everyone was in a circle. A sensory […]

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