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Discovering Sand as a Mark-Making Tool

Venturing outside is always a wonderful experience as the world that exists out through the classroom doors is very rich in a vast array of learning experiences. The sandpit is one of those areas where the ordinary can so easily become something more, so when a small group of children discovered that the water trough …
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Exploring the Anatomy of Clay

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences” Loris Malaguzzi For young children to develop an understanding about form and shape and how to represent an idea or an object three-dimensionally clay is a great medium. Working with children and clay offering …
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Personal Reflections from our Teachers

Coming back to work post-lock-down manifested some mixed emotions in me. While I looked forward to getting back into a routine, doing a job I love, I was unsure about how staff and children returning would be coping with this unusual situation. I wondered how I was going to support them through it. Returning under …
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Personal Reflections from our Parents

With the transition from level 4 to 1, mixed feelings of both nervousness and excitement have been experienced amongst parents and teachers across New Zealand during the last couple of months. There was excitement for seeing co-teachers, colleagues, families and of course the children again; but nervousness about expanding our safety ‘bubble’ that has been …
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Yoga & Meditation

Teaching children aspects of yoga & meditation has many wonderful benefits for their growth and development. Their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness are enhanced, and additionally, their concentration, sense of calmness and relaxation will improve. We live in a busy world, so it is important to take time during the day to slow down, …
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Learning Resources

Edition 20 It has been wonderful to see so many of our friends returning to Bear Park today and to hear all of the exciting conversations and news that they wish to share with us… Edition 19 As we enter into the middle of yet another week, we would like to extend on some current …
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Observations of Autumn

Autumn is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year as for a few fleeting weeks we are able to bear witness to the glorious transformation of our planet. The leaves of trees as they shift through hues of deep greens, burnt oranges, vibrant reds and glowing yellows. The sun begins to set …
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