It is known as Maori New Year, signaling a time to say good-bye to the past year and move on to the new year ahead. Little Kiwis has joined the celebration by learning Māori songs, such as Ma is White and Te Tinana, Māori words and phrases (e.g. numbers and colours), they also learnt Māori food prayer and encouraged to say it before meals. Children were introduced with Māori story books, and we were all so excited when Sienna-bella’s Mum came to tell the Sky Room children a Māori myth.
Through various activities held this week, children experienced “an environment where they are encouraged to learn with and alongside others” (Te Whāriki, Contribution Goal 3). They gained new knowledge of Māori language, such as words, phrases, sentences, etc. In the baking activities, children acquired new skills about Māori traditional food, such as kumara, and food making. During this celebration week, our children experienced “an environment where they experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures” (Te Whāriki, Communication Goal 3).
The teaching staff will continue to teach our children to learn more words and songs that they can use in thier everyday environment. And, we will also incorporate sign language when doing Māori bible verses to help strengthen thier skills in signing.