5+ A Day Challenge
Roslyn Kindergarten's philosophy is founded on an action-based approach to education and sustainable practices, encouraging the children to become catalysts for change in their families. Participating in the 5+ A Day Challenge throughout February was a perfect fit.
Healthy eating is part of every day life at Roslyn Kindergarten, with established gardens and fruit trees as part of their outdoor environment. The Challenge added further elements with a friendship fruit kebab morning tea, a friendship fruit salad feast, and a friendship soup held during the month.
The friendship factor derived from the coming together to prepare and then eat the food made from kindergarten produce and ingredients brought in by families. Knowing where your food comes from and helping to harvest and prepare it for eating was easy to implement. Tomatoes, zucchini, celery and beans all went directly from the kindergarten gardens into the soup pot.
'The children that used to occasionally eat an apple at morning tea extended their taste buds to a whole variety of fruit and vegetables", says teacher Tessa Kirner. "What was also exciting to see was the children correctly identifying each." The sharing of food plays an important role in many cultures, and the children wrote invitations to encourage family members to come and enjoy the friendship events. Other fun activities included using charts to match fruit and vegetables, and giving each a funny name - such as Crazy Carrot and Luscious Leo Lemon.
The Healthy Heart Awards, an holistic approach to healthy eating, exercise and parent education, is next in the kindergarten's sights.
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Children at Roslyn Kindergarten have been exploring the medical world of hospitals, this term. Lots of children have tried out being doctors, nurses and patients. We have been developing our negotiation, observation, communication and sharing skills. Lots of empathy and manaakitanga has been displayed as we play and learn. On Friday 31st May, an ambulance visited to help us build real life connections with the medical world. We explored the ambulance, tools and equipment used to help people in emergencies. It is experiences like these that make kindergarten so much fun.
1 March was a special day at Roslyn Kindergarten, with the a hÄÂ?kari to bless a carving made by parent Henare Cunningham, and the welcome of new head teacher Jo Ellery.
Jo comes from Parkland Kindergarten, where she has been a member of the Ruahine Kindergarten Association team for a number of years. Roslyn is delighted to have Jo join the kindergarten and the community, where her wealth of knowledge and experience is a great addition.
With the inclusion of a hangi, prepared by the children, Henare, and whanau, the meal was enjoyed outdoors making the day a truly enjoyable one.
Roslyn Kindergarten teacher, Vicki Exeter, is looking forward to experiencing language immersion in Wales during the October school break.
As one of only four Linking Minds Scholarship recipients in the country, her award recognises her contribution as a young leader in early childhood education. Teaching with Roslyn since 2008 and graduating in 2009, Vicki has continued her interest in Te Reo education, picked up at Napier Girls High School.
New Zealand and Wales education systems share many similarities, including bilingual education and indigenous language immersion. Working with her international peers will provide Vicki with an opportunity to reflect on her own teaching practice and develop new skills. She is also looking forward to sharing her own experience of delivering Te Reo to her Welsh counterparts, as well as learning the Welsh language of Cymraeg.
The Ministry of Education scholarship, sponsored by the British Council, New Zealand Teachers Council and the NZ-UK Link Foundation, is a prestigious international early career award for emerging education leaders. The scholarship also includes an extensive leadership development programme, facilitated by specialist educational leaders. With a year of ongoing mentoring support and coaching, Vicki will use her new knowledge to complete an in-kindergarten leadership inquiry programme. "I am looking forward to bringing back my learning to RKA and sharing with my colleagues", says Vicki.
Roslyn Kindergarten recently enjoyed a Special Bedtime Night Story.
The June Thursday evening saw children, parents and teachers come to the kindergarten at 6pm, dressed in their PJs. Bringing with them their favourite teddy and Milo cup, the evening was spent sharing Milo, marshmallows and biscuits while hearing from special local author and story teller Michelle Mackinnon.
We were lucky to have Michelle join our bedtime story night and share her published book Bluebell Mary, including water colours, as well as hearing from her unpublished story about frogs.
The evening was a fabulous family fun experience, participating in the wonders of literacy together.
Above: Michelle Mckinnon reads to Roslyn Kindergarten children.
Paige, led a powhiri welcoming Turbo Man to the kindergarten before the children delighted in beating him in running races and a favourite kindergarten game of duck duck goose.
Turboman has provided a valuable talking point for the children, who are still chatting about their visitor two weeks later! He also seems to have inspired the children to play more rugby too.
Roslyn Kindergarten children are engaging in exciting,
inspiring learning through their weekly nature trips to the Victoria Esplanade rose gardens and nature trails.
Children climb trees, smell roses, draw, marvel, ponder and paint.There are opportunities to experience the bush, get lost in the wonder of nature and develop confidence,co-ordination, strength and problem solving skills in such a special place unique to Palmerston North.
While this is happening, they are also preparing their bodies for school and engaging with the awe of nature and all its benefits. So much learning and such incredible fun.
Reference: Let the Children Play
Our exciting Roslyn Kindergarten exhibition is coming up this month. This is a chance for us to showcase some of our exciting achievements in learning and innovation over the past two years.
For more information feel free to give us a call.
Roslyn Kindergarten Garage Sale
Saturday May 14th
Roslyn Kindergarten is gearing up for a garage sale to be held at the kindergarten this Saturday May 14th from 7.30am.
There'll be clothing, a white elephant stall, home baking and a sausage sizzle. What's more, all funds raised go towards innovative early childhood education.
You'll find the kindergarten at 9 Andrew Ave. We look forward to seeing you there.
A growing interest
Children at Roslyn Kindergarten are amazing. Their interest in gardening has taken teachers on a journey that's branched out in all directions.
It began with children growing their own vegetables and taking them home to share with families and friends - role modelling how easy and inexpensive it is to grow healthy foods.
This led to the creation of pizzas, scones and other treats, incorporating veges from the garden and cooked by the kindergarten's aspiring chefs.
Roslyn Kindergarten's garden was so plentiful over the summer months that teachers and children were inspired to sell produce to families for a donation.
Children are now able to sell what they grow to buy new plants and start the cycle over. Talk about sustainability!
Next on the agenda is a worm farm and compost to keep the kindergarten garden growing.
Above: Funds raised through the sale of veges help children continue the cycle.
Websites for parents
- Moving Smart
- Children in Nature
- Habits of Mind
- Building Learning Power
- Te Wh?riki, New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum
- Kei Tua o te Pae
- The Hundred Languages
Websites for children
- Te Papa
- What is that bug?
- The Wonky Donkey
- Barefoot Books
- Cool Maths Games
- The Gruffalo
- Learn English Kids
A trail of coins wound from the door at Roslyn Kindergarten right around to the mat in what teachers described as "a wonderful opportunity for our children to support their peers in our beautiful country of Aotearoa".
These coins came from children, parents, whanau and teachers, and will soon make their way down to Christchurch where they'll be put to good use by quake-affected kindergartens.
The coin trail started the day following the quake and teachers say children's generosity and empathy has been overwhelming.
Some children brought in bags of coins and many chose to donate their own coin collections rather than the money offered by their parents.
Each coin was stuck to the floor with tape and children enjoyed walking the path they created.
A wall display shows how teachers and children have been following the news, buying the newspaper and discussing the impact of the quake. "The earthquake broke the cars", one child said.
Roslyn is just one of a number of Ruahine Kindergartens
that held coin trails, built coin caterpillars or organised fundraising events
for Christchurch kindergartens.
Every little bit helps and General Manager Louise Bartholomew says it's heartening to see so many children, parents and teachers showing their support for a community in need.
Above: Children add coins to Roslyn Kindergarten's coin trail for Canterbury.
Come July 2011, teachers Kathryn and Tessa from Roslyn Kindergarten will be winging their way to Melbourne for a weeklong Reggio Emilia study tour thanks to a Joyce Barnes Travel Trust grant.
The Joyce Barnes Travel Trust provides three $5,000 grants per year to assist registered kindergarten teachers in travelling overseas for conference or study purposes.
Tessa said both Kathryn and herself are "extremely excited to receive the grant", as applications are open to kindergarten teachers nationwide and the process can be quite competitive.
Reggio Emilia is a world-renowned educational philosophy that originated in Italy.
The Reggio vision of the child as a capable, competent learner produces a strongly child-directed curriculum model with a focus on the environment as "the third teacher" and emphasis on the importance of relationships with parents, families and the wider community.
This approach links nicely with the strands and goals of New Zealand's early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, and treaty-based principles.
During their time in Melbourne, Kathryn and Tessa will experience firsthand how the Reggio Emilia approach has been implemented within an Australian context, listen to presentations on the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, engage in conversations with others who have implemented the approach and reflect on their own practice.
Upon returning to New Zealand, they hope to implement the Reggio approach more effectively within their own kindergarten and share their learning journey with fellow team, association and community members.