Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sorting Objects for Maths

Last Thursday, Carolyn had brought three bags from home and she needed our help sorting everything out. We sorted Duplo and trains and picnic things. At first we we had tracks and trains and tunnels then Jett noticed that there were carriages and engines so we split them up. Then we thought we could do the same with all the track. Once we had done that we could easily see what the biggest pile was - and everyone had something that they noticed about all the piles. "There's only one tunnel." "The biggest pile is the curved track." We lined the Duplo piles up from biggest to smallest. By the time we sorted the picnic things, Carolyn did not have to help even a little bit! This is the beginning of statistics. Next time we will make simple graphs.

Writing with Play Dough

On Carolyn's first day in Aniwaniwa, we made our names out of play dough. This is a fun way to "write" and think about the shape of the letters in our names. It was tricky to roll the dough into worms and plan ahead to make our name fit onto the tray. We did a great job. Look how proud we are of our efforts!

What are our buddies doing?

We went outside to see what our buddies were doing...they were catapaulting tennis balls on the field. It was great to watch them. Reagan said "Maybe we can do that when we are older."

Our Buddies

Our buddies come to see us every day after brunch. We read to them and they read to us. When we read to our buddies, it helps us to get better at our reading.

Monday, March 29, 2010


We are learning how to write our numbers. Today, Fergus was really proud of his 5's. "This one looks great Elly. It looks just like yours."

Friday, March 26, 2010

I Love Animals, written by Flora McDonnell

We have been reading a book called "I Love Animals," by Flora McDonnell. Here are the animals that we love...

Tohora & Aniwaniwa

Every Friday we are lucky to have Tohora (Room 4) come to visit us for singing. Here is a photo of us singing "Take Me For a Ride in your Sailboat."

Reflections of our First Week

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day 2!

Charlotte started school today! It is so nice to have her in our class. Sophie came for a visit. Here is a picture of us at maths time. Reagan and Charlotte are playing fly swats. We are catching the numbers as fast as we can.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Our First Day

Today was our first day in Room 10. We had five children - Jett, Ashlee, Sai, Fergus and Reagan. Here is a photo of us at writing time. Here is what the children had to say about our learning...We are making up a story. We didn't do scribbles because it wouldn't look cool. We did good detailed pictures.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ashhurst Domain

Wow! What an exciting day we had yesterday. Ashlee, Fergus and Elly went to the Ashhurst Domain with Team Papatuanuku. It was Fergus' first day at school and Ashlee's second day. We went on a bus with the children from Tohora. When we got there, we got into five groups. We did lots of fun activities like parachute, relays, walking to the river, confidence course and human battle ships. The aim of the day was to make good choices and to get on well with the people around us. Here is a collage of our day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Our Classroom

The countdown is more week until Aniwaniwa - Room 10 starts! Robin and Sandi now have a full class, so our new five year olds will come into Room 10.

Here are some photos of our class. Carolyn and Elly can't wait to have some kids work up on the wall too.

This blog will be a reflection of our daily learning. Keep an eye on us to get a glimpse of what goes on each day. You are also very welcome to come and visit us at Russell Street at any time.