Kowhai Kindergarten shares whanaungatanga.

At Kowhai Kindergarten they love to share fun together every day. They spend their days engaged in their play, involved in new discovery, experimenting with new ways of thinking and developing new understanding and skills.

Their play is their work and acquiring all of this new knowledge and as individuals they are focused on learning more and extending their curiosity.

They all love to work hard and learn new things but there are times where they all love to chill out and relax together. They love to take the opportunity to laugh alongside our friends and promote the sense of whanaungatanga and belonging within this extended Kowhai family.

This week they all took this chance to celebrate their inclusion within this amazing group. They planned a Teddy Bears Picnic and talked together about what friends would visit them from home.

The picnic date appeared and our Kowhai tamariki walked in proudly to introduce their furry friends to their kaiako and kindergarten friends.

The visitors were taken on tours of Kowhai and it was very interesting to see how each child took on the responsibility of caring for their toys and for telling their friends about the special relationship they have with: the toy that had been chosen to bring to the picnic.

Each toy was cuddled and comforted and cared for. This social responsibility that the children displayed sits so positively alongside our curriculum priorities of aroha and Manaakitanga. This is a place for strong and caring relationships and the tamariki celebrated this within their play.

The visiting furry friends created rich conversations, art experiences, musical fun, games of hide and seek and gave the opportunity for children to extend their imaginative play and sense of fun. We joined together for a walk around our place, stopped for a bear dance with the parachute and then met together for our kai and a story time. The visiting bears were given honey sandwiches and teddy bear biscuits …treats that our tamariki were keen to share the tastes of.

Kowhai tamariki and teachers all had a great day filled with smiles, laughter and sense of belonging to this place and within this group.