Korowai of Knowledge
Fab Five have been busy creating feathers for our Korowai (cloak) of Knowledge. The feathers have the te reo Maori vocabulary we have come across in our Matariki readings and research that were new to us. Each student worked on their individual feathers and they looked pretty neat but when all our hard work was combined into the cloak, we thought it looked pretty amazing!
Waldorf Paper Window Star Tutorial & Giveaway
Outside our window are muted hues where in another season would be vibrant colors. Last night I decided that I was simply tired of grey winter days. Out came a rainbow of kite paper and Tomas Berger's book Window Stars. After an evening of folding and gluing, and folding and gluing, we have COLOR! Paper stars are fun to make, and like our number wheel, they make beautiful geometric designs. If you look close near the blue and green stars, you can see that I hung crystals among the stars…
Last year a good friend asked me if I had heard that two new whetū in the Matariki cluster, had been named (Pōhutukawa and Hiwaiterangi). She was a tauira at Te Wananga o Aotearoa and had the privilege of listening to a tohunga kōkōrangi (astronomer) who has been studying celestial bodies for 20 years and made this discovery through whānau manuscripts and rangahau. When he delved a little further he found that most of the books written about Matariki, based on the 7 whetū, are versions…
Food karakia – A Maori prayer
Everyday just before eating our lunch a child shares a Food Karakia – a Maori prayer. The child shares each line and the rest of the class repeat it. After we’ve finished the Karakia we…
Hearts and Stars
This year I decided to do my stars and hearts. But, after doing them for a couple of years, I was ready for a change. This is a very ...
FREE Matariki Māori New Year Activity Sheets
Help your students to learn about Matariki, the Māori New Year, and its significance to NZ (New Zealand) with this free activity sheet. It features seven activities on one page, and is ready to PRINT and GO! Activities included are: 1. Mix and Match Vocabulary 2. Snapshot - Visualising 3. Get in touch - Letter Writing 4. Word Find 5. Fill in the gaps - Cloze Activity 6. Fact or Fiction - True or False Activity 7. Matariki Writing Prompt #Matariki #MatarikiActivities
Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matariki
Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matariki by June Pitman-Hayes (9781775434139) $20.00 buy online or call us from The Wellington Children's Bookshop, Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand