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Child-led interest in constellations have emerged in Kinderland. We are excited to see children represent and share their learning with loose parts. #inspiredbyplay #tldsblearns #eytalking #reggioinspired #kindergarten #teachersofinatagram #teacherlife #earlyyears #ey
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FREE Mihi/Pepeha template {1-cut-book} ~Green Grubs Garden Club Blog~
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Lovingly handcrafting unique, creative & beautiful kiwi resources!

This little one cut 'Mihi/Pepeha' booklet is a great scaffold to support your students with learning their mihi! The small size is perfect for holding discretely in your palm for quick reference during assembly or in class, and the pictures provide extra guidance for your little ones. Simply print, fill in and colour, then follow the picture instructions to cut, fold and assemble your little booklet. If you'd like more room for your students to explore their whakapapa, I suggest enlarging…

You could do this with seven stars and arrange them like the Matariki cluster
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With Matariki just around the corner again, my year 5-8 class has started learning more about the Māori New Year. This year we decided to make mixed media stars (whetū) as part of our learning.  In…

Matariki Whetu- Stars For Matariki

With Matariki just around the corner again, my year 5-8 class has started learning more about the Māori New Year. This year we decided to make mixed media stars (whetū) as part of our learning. In…

FREE DOWNLOAD ~The Little Kiwi's Matariki~ follow up activities! {Green Grubs Garden Club Blog}
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I love having a positive and celebratory learning focus - especially in the middle of winter! Matariki has links to so many areas of the curriculum and key competencies - science, art, myths and legends, gardening, healthy eating, goal setting and reflection to name just a few. I'm sure that most primary teachers will agree that the best way into most topics and inquiry is through a great book - so I've compiled a little list of my favourites! Most of these books come complete with several…

Library Displays: Matariki - New Zealand
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Matariki - Maori New Year

By Jacqueline Gardner-Cook & Courtney Newman Two of our students created this display for Matariki, we love Jacqueline's painting! I attached some stars onto a boring black post and now we are ready to celebrate Maori New Year! If you don't know much about Matariki you can find some details here: Ko te whānau o Matariki: Matariki Education Resource - Te Papa: The Museum of New Zealand

lemon star cookies for matariki

Summer lemon star cookies and a winner

Lemon star cookies . It is crunchy, buttery and very very lemony !

Matariki crafts for kids - this could be used when inquiring into Matariki or use as an Ako Ako resource.

7 Marvellous Matariki Crafts for Kids - Kiwi Families

As we approach Matariki, there are some wonderful Matariki crafts you can do with your children to celebrate.

The kids have been asking a lot of questions about space. I started out by setting out some invitations to learn around the room for them to...
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Our Space Inquiry

The kids have been asking a lot of questions about space. I started out by setting out some invitations to learn around the room for them to...

*M*A*T*A*R*I*K*I*   2017

*M*A*T*A*R*I*K*I* 2017

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…

The Eco Gardener: Matariki Biscuits
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Matariki Biscuits

Matariki Biscuits straight out of the oven None of the ingredients in the batch of Matariki Biscuits I baked last Friday were available to Maori when they first began celebrating Matariki in Aotearoa. Given the damage that too much butter, sugar and white flour have done to the health of Kiwis of all ethnicities since then, this was probably a good thing. However if baked as a once-a-year treat a batch of these biscuits will not hurt anyone, and may even bring joy to those who like…

Matariki Star - clear instructions on how to make a star.
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The stars of Matariki / Ngā whetu o Matariki

Instructions and video on how to make a woven star from harakeke.

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TOUCH this image: Matariki activities by Michele Coxhead
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Matariki activities by Michele Coxhead

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FREE practice page from "Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work" by Nellie Edge. This template will help students to cross the midline and learn more about math and body concept vocabulary: straight line, across, diagonal, up, down.
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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting by Nellie Edge

FREE practice page from "Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work" by Nellie Edge. This template will help students to cross the midline and learn more about math and body concept vocabulary: straight line, across, diagonal, up, down.