Saturday, 7 February 2015

week 2 term 1 2015

week 2

Family picnic
Remember bring your whole family to school for a whanau get together this WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY
WHERE:school field or hall if wet 
BYO picnic rug and food/ kai for your whole whanau


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Letter o

Discovery time is on a Monday morning.....children have access to 3 classromms where they can explore through play. Room 5 will be dedicated to science discovery while room 4 and 7 will provide opportunity to create outside and inside with blocks/ art/ experimenting with mixed media etc The children usually love this time and it promotes shared play as well as our value for the term- RESPECT.

 We also begin PMP - perceptual motor programme-this week....our timetable is for 9 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Help is welcomed by Carol who is our teacher aid who runs this programme. Many children enter our classrooms today unready for formal learning. The simplest things trip them up... having to sit still and listen... being unable to hold a pencil correctly... coping with multiple instructions at once, and on and on. And while this presents challenges for early learners and teachers, the bigger consequences may have much farther reach. Early frustration and feelings of failure can result in low self-esteem, fear/dislike of the formal learning environment, and underachievement throughout the school years. Helping children bridge the gap between the playful, rough ‘n tumble world of preschool life and the disciplined world of the classroom will pay dividends for all of the learning years ahead. Quite often, those early challenges in the classroom can be mis-diagnosed as misbehavior or redressed with “formal learning” techniques for which children may not yet be ready. For instance, a child’s inability to sit still and listen may have less to do with his lack of discipline than a lack of vestibular stimulation. PMP enables children to learn some pre learning skills which will make them more ready to learn.By understanding the “learning nexus” between a young child’s brain and body, PMP works to develop children's physical motor skills that provide the foundations necessary for success in their early school years – while equipping educators with a new set of diagnostic tools and remediation techniques to help children make the leap to a lifetime of learning. .You are welcome to come and see the programme in action.

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