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Adventures in our community

Tamariki in ABC Invercargill’s Koru room head off to watch the Kokako concert at the SIT centre stage. All very excited to be adventuring out into our community and taking the bus as our mode of transport to and from the venue. Tamariki enjoyed the live puppet show/story and were very good at retelling the […]

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Polyfest practice begins

All the tamariki at ABC Invercargill are getting ready for our big Polyfest performance at the end of August. We initially asked the children what they would like to sing and come up with two songs from this. We then introduced some new Te Reo stories in the under’s and decided we could make one […]

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Our New Veggie Garden

A huge interest at ABC Rotorua Central is gardening, and growing food.  So we have re vamped an area that was not being used for anything and are planting a vegetable garden to share with our community.

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Our Campfire

Following a lengthy interest in camping, and strong knowledge of fire safety care of a recent visit from the Fire Service, the preschool tamariki at ABC Omahu are today enjoying toasting marshmallows over a campfire. We love that we can provide a safe environment where children are empowered to take thought out risks.

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Bugs Bugs Bugs

At ABC Katikati our children and teachers have been focusing on bugs. We have been following children’s interests and extending their interest in bugs using a variety of teaching strategies. Our tamariki have been taking on the leadership role by helping their teachers to set up activities according to their interest in bugs. We have […]

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Rainy Day Fun and Games

Rainy days don’t mean we are stuck inside at ABC Waltham.  Our tamariki (children) and kaiako (teacher) Karina use our wonderful veranda to play some fun games and move their bodies. We are so lucky that we have shades on the veranda balcony to keep the rain away so we can still be active. One of […]

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Preschool Posties

Recently we have introduced a mailbox in our BestStart Merivale preschool room which has been hugely popular with the children. The children have an area set up in the hallway with a mailbox, pens and  paper. As they get dropped off or when they are picked up, they like to take the opportunity to write a […]

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Community connections

Off we go out into our local community. BestStart Beckenham have a lovely relationship with our local retirement village, Archer Village. Once a month we take a group out our preschool children to spend some quality time with our elderly friends.  On this excursion the children choose to bring along their profile books to share. […]

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Stanley The Bearded Dragon

I would like to introduce you to Stanley, ABC Dinsdale‘s bearded dragon. He lives in the Putiputi (Preschool) classroom. The children and a select few of the teachers just love him. Today in the Kakano room we found a cockroach which I caught and took to feed to Stanley. A few of the children and […]

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Developing ball skills

The tamariki of ABC Oamaru have been making the most of the beautiful days we have been having to practice their ball skills in our outdoor environment. Tamariki have been busy throwing, catching, bouncing and kicking our new balls. It has been great to see the tamariki enjoying this play together and sharing in each […]

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