Kia ora rā kōrua. Greetings to you all. We warmly welcome you to term two.
During the holidays we had our beautiful door installed into our family corner.
We were very excited to observe the children’s (and parents) reaction to this final instalment in our family corner up-grade.
Doorways invite exploration. Over the morning children stepped through, then back and through again.
Our early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki reminds us that ‘assessment should be a two way process and that children may also help to decide what should be included in the process of assessing the programme and the curriculum’. Whilst the up-grade was initiated by our teaching team, the children were very involved in the decision and design of the door (You may remember this documented in an earlier post titled ‘planning for possibilities’). Here is a re-cap of some of the children’s ideas:
We need a grown-up door
“What a wonderful door. Love the arch and circles. This will create interesting play opportunities and experiences (colour, light etc)”
“I love the new family corner; it’s so beautiful and creative and will let the kids imaginations run wild. AWESOME JOB LADIES”
“Wow! How wonderful to have such an inviting and engaging space”
“Great door – not too girly. Could be a door to a house or a spaceship”
“looks fantastic – door will create many play options”
“Loving the new family corner! Great for the kids to see the wonderfully creative door that they fundraised so hard to help purchase”
Ko ō tātou tamariki, tō tātou oranga
Our children, our future