Nau mai, haere mai Campus Creche @ Fraser.
We have had a busy and productive couple of months with lots of fun and games happening here at Fraser.
We have had some nice days outside with all the children enjoying the sunshine, even though it’s a little colder. The babies love getting out and playing outside, watching the older children as they climb, run, jump, kick balls, ride bikes and play games. The younger children are able to learn from the older children through this process. We try and get the children outside as much as possible to breath the fresh air and develop a love of the natural world.
The older children continue to enjoy regular visits to the Arboretum and this month have also enjoyed a trip to Raglan where they explored the sand dunes, rockpools and waves. It is amazing how children are drawn to the water, even when it’s so cold, but we took spare clothes and plenty of towels to dry off those children who were brave enough to take a dip.
We enjoyed a great whānau event “Books and Breakfast” as part of our Early Reading Together programme and had a wonderful turn out of parents who came to share kai and learn about the importance of reading to our tamariki.
Tamariki learn through imitation and by doing what they love. If they see their parent enjoying a book, then that will inspire them to want to learn to read. It is also a time where babies and young children can bond with their parent and feel a sense of closeness while discovering how books work and learning that the words on the page have meaning and make up a story.
Last month we celebrated Samoan Language Week with a performance from the Fraser High School Pacifica group. We were able to show them the song and patea we had been practicing and they sang some songs and performed some dances for us. We are lucky to have this group here and willing to come and celebrate with our tamariki, showing them a different culture and language.
We are currently learning about Matariki with the tamariki, learning the names of the stars that make up the constellation and creating some art related to this. We will have our Matariki lunch on Friday, 5 July and will be doing some planting outside with the children. We hope to see you all there.