As you can see we had our Christmas Party today. The tamariki were very chilled out this morning playing in small groups outside and around the centre when we heard a toot toot. The tamariki outside rushed to the fence and all I could hear was "Santa, Santa, Santa is here" No need to tell the children to come inside today, most of them were off at a trot to greet Santa at the door. A few more quiet tamariki, remained at the big outside gate and watched quietly as Santa climbed out of his red truck. Santa came and greeted the small group outside before he was bombarded with the excited group at the small gate.
Santa finally made it inside and was almost dragged to his chair by some of the tamariki, who then started noisily sitting down around him and every so often a hand would reach out and touch him. Maybe checking to see if he was actually there?
We sang Santa some of our kindy songs before Deborah led the children in a few Christmas songs, but the real excitement came when santa started to call out childrens names. Some of our tamariki were brave enough to sit on his knee others to give him a high five, and some of our younger pepi happy to look from far away, but not keen on getting too close.
We then said a karakia and had a wonderful shared lunch supplied by our whanau. The chocolate was the first to go, I missed out, might be a trip to the supermarket for me today.
A HUGE thank you to all our whanau that were able to make it today and share in this time with us, Its great seeing more and more of you coming in and being a part of what is happening with your tamariki and us at kindy. The door is always open, if you are passing by and feel like reading some stories to the tamariki or having a go on the slide, come in and we will make you a cuppa. Morning tea time is usually around 10:00am and we sing waiata before having our kai, come in and listen to the stunning voices your children have.
A reminder also....... We close on Friday at 3:00pm for three weeks. We will reopen at 8:30 on 12th January.
Ryder was busy inventing different ways to use the tubes for nearly an hour today undisturbed. There was no need for a teacher to intervene and "tell him" or "show him" how to do things "this way". Ryder was in his imagination. We as teachers can not be in the child's imagination with them. We can only guess at what is happening. How damaging to his play could it have been if I had said "are you bird watching? come with me and see what birds we can find" when really he was being a pirate, looking for land and building cannons. Only Ryder can tell us what is happening, but shhhhhh don't ask him yet, he is imagination building, and imagination building should not be disturbed.
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