Last week at kindergarten there was extra excitement as we received a special delivery of our new ukuleles. Our tamariki appeared very delighted to finally have these wonderful instruments back at kindergarten and seemed especially happy to know that it was all made possible through their own hard work at the wheels-a-thon and all the tremendous sponsorship they received.
There are many benefits to exposing children to musical experiences, something that we value highly and are passionate about at Mairtown, as research states;
Music ignites all areas of child development; intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.
More benefits of music for children include learning cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration – skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges and begin to form new friendships and develop social skills. (Bright Horizons, 2010)
The end of term is fast approaching as this is the last week of kindergarten for term one. On behalf of the teaching team we wish everyone happy holidays during the term break and look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for term two Monday 2nd May 2016.The Mairtown teaching team
Ngā mihi nui
Ngā mihi nui