In this Issue
Kia Ora Families and Whanau
Our children have been very busy over the last couple of months. In our prepared environment, children are not forced or coerced into learning. Instead, teachers work to follow the lead of the children, providing support, resources, and instruction, in keeping with the children’s interests. Some of these interests have been imaginary baby play, construction, volcanoes, writing and posting letters. Its wonderful to hear the children expressing their point of view, confidently taking an interest and getting involved.
Abacus Birthday Celebrations
We have recently developed a “Birthday Ritual” where the birthday child has the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays through their own creativity. In a birthday box there is a selection of items with which the birthday child can create their own crown, chair and cake. It is a meaningful way to fur- ther their understanding of birthdays, numbers, the concepts of months and years. Birthdays are a big deal to children. It is a lovely ritual and it makes the birthday child feel valued and very special.
Nau mai Haere mai. We would like to welcome our new children ; James, Declan Smith, Xavier, Alex, Indy, Ethan, Kieran, Beau, Axel.
In May the children explored a “How things work” interest. This included lots of diggers, cars and trucks. We discovered how different musical instruments worked, cause and effect through many yummy baking experiences and some pretty cool art experiments!
Over the past couple of months we have been working on developing our Montessori skills through sensory and practical life experiences. Tamariki have been developing independent working skills on completing their individual activities through problem solving, fine motor development, concentration and trial and error skills.
We said goodbye to Caitriona in May as she returned back to Ireland to start her new life with a baby on the way! We welcome Ashleigh to the nursery who comes from 2 years teaching in both a nursery and preschool.
Due to colder temperatures outside, our current enquiry is on Winter Wonderland with the children being interested in wearing their winter coats, hats and watching the weather change around them! Please remember to make sure your child is dressed warm and has a jacket and spare clothes in their bag.
Our July School Holiday programme has been amazing, thank you for all you input and support. Please check our FaceBook page for our picture’s.
We were lucky enough to win a prize from New Zealand Heart Foundation, a wonderful bread maker. We cooked two loafs of bread, the first lot we cooked was wholemeal bread. The children thoroughly enjoyed making the bread, from reading the recipe, measuring the ingredients and putting them all together in the bread maker. It was a long wait for the bread to cook but what an interesting process to watch, the children enjoyed seeing the bread mix being kneaded, rising and cooking. What a yummy aroma to smell whilst doing our activities.
Our postal enquiry started with a child wanting to go home and put a letter in her own mailbox so that she could receive mail. We wrote letters to the Griffins Cookie Bear our friends and our whānau inviting them to a morning tea. We sent get well cards, informative letters and letters to family telling them about our days. When we received letters back the children were very excited to read them. The cookie bear even took time out of his busy schedule to write back, and he sent us a care package because of the great letter we sent him. As a collective ngā tamariki have been tenacious with their willingness to write, the children have role modeled to the younger children and it has been fantastically inspirational to see that eagerness spilling over into the main classroom.
In the ‘pod’ we are moving into a new enquiry, we are focusing on New Zealand Culture. Ngā tamariki are going to be preparing their pepeha, which is to do with their whakapapa (genealogy). It is about saying where you come from and what it is that makes us who we are. We are sending home an information sheet for the children to fill out with your assistance, if you have any questions please ask Caz.
Toi Te Kupa—Healthy Kai for Tamariki
Abacus Montessori Preschool recently received the Heart foundation Pᾱ-Harakeke Award. We are also very proud to be New Zealand’s Southern Region winners of the Healthy Heart competition. Good nutrition is something we are very passionate about and devote a lot of time to in our centre. We asked whᾱnau and friends to assist with our journey to create an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity, increasing everyone’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and of staying heart
healthy. Receiving this award is an honor and we would like to thank everyone for getting on board.
Here is an interview we had with NZ Heart Foundation →
Abacus supports and encourages the development of our professional staff. Currently we are busy with the following;
- Montessori Diploma Book Two: Caz and Jo
InterLead Consultants, Professional Learning, Reflection and Teacher Growth; Doc, Mel, Kim and Renee.
- A Whanau Vine has been created. Would you please bring us in a family picture to add to our new display.
- Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea are shared Kai times. Would you please bring a piece of fruit for each session your child is here for.
- Could all children please bring in a water bottle and spoon with their lunch boxes.
- All children need to bring spare clothes each day to Abacus. This should include – tops, underwear, pants, hat, socks, and shoes.
- Any spare clothing from ages 2-4 would be much appreciated.
Policies are reviewed monthly by management and staff. Copies are emailed to everyone and a copy is in the foyer for you to read and comment on should you wish. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Ashleigh – Graduate Diploma Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood Education) From Canterbury University
Ashleigh grew up in Southland and moved to Christchurch in 2011. She is new to Abacus and has worked in ECE centres since graduating in 2012. When she is not at work she enjoys, cooking, travelling and photography as well as spending time with friends and family. Ashleigh has a particular passion for working with infants and toddlers and finds the most rewarding part of the job is helping to foster a lifelong love of learning.
Amy – Bachelor of Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
Amy has recently graduated… Amy has a 1 year old son Kieran who also attends Abacus every Tuesday and Wednesday. In her spare time Amy enjoy ‘s being outdoors, spending time with friends and family and watching movies. Amy is very excited to have been given the opportunity to work at Abacus and really looking forward to getting to know you and your families.
All the best to Ali with her next adventure.