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Celebrating Matariki in the Tuatara Room

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! Tenei te tangata puhuru huru Nana nei i tiki mai Whakawhiti te ra A upa … ne! ka upa … ne! A upane kaupane whiti te ra! As a celebration to the end of our Matariki celebrates the children […]

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Matariki a-kura: Matariki for our tamariki

It’s Matariki – Maori New Year – and to build on our tamariki’s knowledge in this area, we at ABC Botany decided to join in the programme at the Auckland Museum. Our tamariki were invited onto Hotunui, the meeting house and whaea Jo shared the story of Matariki. Jo then taught out tamariki our song […]

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Discovering Dinosaurs

As an extension on our children’s interest in Dinosaurs the teachers at ABC Botany planned a trip to the Auckland Museum for our children to participate in the Fossils and Dinosaur Programme. The children had amazing time from the moment we stepped onto the bus, where the conversation was around what they could see, are […]

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Visit to King’s Plant Barn

As part of ABC Botany’s gardening project, we are growing poppies from seeds, hoping that we will have a beautiful outdoor area with poppy flowers for ANZAC day. We were so excited to see the seeds grow into millions of happy sprouts. Unfortunately, we didn’t get as many sprouts as we would have liked, so […]

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Recognising names

In our Tuatara (Toddler) room at ABC Botany, the children had an opportunity to explore a new resource. Kaiako (teachers) set up a light box on the table and the children were quick to come and sit down and see what was happening. First the tamariki explored the x-rays, trying to figure out what animals […]

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Preschool Paleontologists

Paleontology is a great opportunity to teach tamariki about biology, evolution, and scientific thinking. ABC Botany’s pre-schoolers have been showing a keen and fascinating interest in dinosaurs, and as studies suggest it is this curiosity that boosts children’s learning. Due to this interest we thought of a fun learning extension – excavating dinosaurs! The teachers set […]

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Hopping to it

One very hot day we decided to spend some time inside and get our children at ABC Botany involved in fun learning experience. We made a hopscotch using masking tape and wrote numbers inside the boxes. The children sat very patiently and waited for their turn. We went through some rules about hopping on the numbers starting […]

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Special delivery

To support the children’s interests in the life cycle of animals, the teachers at ABC Botany, organised for Jo from Living Eggs to drop off a very special delivery – 10 eggs in an incubator. Over the following days the chickens started to hatch. The children were amazed to see the chicks come out of the shells […]

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Butterfly Creek adventure

One exciting day, ABC Botany’s Pukeko and Koru room children boarded two buses to Butterfly Creek. This excursion was planned as an extension of their interest in animals which started from having chickens in the centre. The children spent the morning exploring the Butterfly house, Dinosaur Kingdom and Buttermilk farm and rounded it off with a […]

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ABC Botany’s Room Challenge

ABC Botany has been working towards an exciting centre challenge which was to create something within their rooms that reflects the children’s interests. The teachers of each room were given $50 each to purchase the materials they needed. Each room has been really creative, making the most of the money allocated to them. Below are […]

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