Ko mahana ahau means I am warm. It is getting rather cold and I am thinking that the children in your care have a few runny noses now and feeling a bit unwell. Well here today I have some great ideas on how to keep warm and stay healthy.
An early morning run around is the quickest and easiest way to warm up. Ask the children “Who can run to the fence and back?” Soon you will have a bunch of children running to the fence and back. Other games you can play to warm up are:
Jumping jacks or star jumps
an Obstacle course
Children will need lots food to stay warm during the winter and I have a few suggestions on what you could prepare with the children or give recipes to families.
Vegetable soup, tomato soup, chicken soup. noodle soup with croutons
Cheese on toast, cheese toasted sandwiches
Fired bread or takakau – Maori bread
Hot chips and fish
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows
Apple pie or any fruit pie with a splash cream
Ask children what they like to eat to keep warm
Eating healthy and lots exercise is the key to keeping warm this winter. What suggestions do you have to share please leave in comments section.
What is Matariki? In late May early June a group of stars can be seen rising up in the sky. The name of this group of stars is Matariki. It is the Māori name for the Pleaides star cluster. Mata o te Ariki or the eyes of God. It is the beginning of the Māori new year.It is also known as the seven sisters.
Pleaides is the Greek name.
Subaru meaning gathered together is the Japanese word for Matariki.
Makali’i meaning eyes of loyalty is the Hawaiian word for Matariki.
Here is a utube link to watch a short story on Matariki.
Matariki is a time for harvesting kumara and other vegetables in the garden. You can also plant out seeds or seedlings into the garden too. Check your maramataka to see which days are best.
Photo by Shlomo Shalev on Unsplash
There is a great resource provided by the Christchurch library that all teachers can check out here.
These are the children of Ranginui the sky:
Whetū marama planet
Māngōroa The milky way
Māhutonga Southern Cross
Kōpu morning star
Meremere Tūahiahi Evening star
Unenuku God of the rainbow
Tāwhirimtea God of the wind
Rūaumoko God of Earthquakes volcanoes
Here are some great books you can get that children will love and learn about Matariki.
Māori of old had figured out their own time scale which was sufficient for their needs. Minutes or seconds were not known but the Māori had names for the day and night midnight and dawn. The time at night was known by the stars positions and through the day by the position of the sun.
Monday Rāhina Mane
Tuesday Rātū Tūrei
Wednesday Rāapa Wenerei
Thursday Rāpare Taite
Friday Rāmere Paraire
Saturday Rāhoroi Hatarei
Sunday Rātapu Rātapu
The second list of words in Māori are transliteration.
“Transliteration is the process of transferring a word from the alphabet of one language to another. Transliteration helps people pronounce words and names in foreign languages. … It changes the letters from the word’s original alphabet to similar-sounding letters in a different one” www.vocabulary.com
Tena Koe welcome to this blog about World Environment Day. This day is celebrated on the 5th June 2020 and I would like to talk a bit about what this day is and what you and the children can do to engage on this day.
Photo: Mt Maunganui NZ
World Environment Day. What is it about you may ask? It is about being aware of the world around us and learning about ways in which we can awhi (help)the world. Give some Manaakitanga to our world. There are many things we can do to help the world and reducing what we buy is one of them.
Recycling things, Reusing things in our environment instead of throwing them into the earth. We need to be composting our kitchen scraps and growing gardens.
Photo: My Moko in the garden.
This year the theme is biodiversity. Biodiversity means biological diversity and it includes the diversity and life of water and land life in the world. You could do lots of activities with children around this theme and include families and their ideas too.
Some ideas for World Environment Day.
Plant a native tree.
Plant a Native bush.
Start a recycle area in your classroom or home.
Start a compost bin or pile in the garden.
Plant vegetables and flowers.
Make a bug hotel.
Make bird feeders for the garden.
Make up a song about biodiversity to share.
Engage in community plantings.
Do some art ir a wall display to represent the environment and biodiversity.
A Māori whakatauki.
POIPOIA TE KAKANO KIA PUAWAI
NURTURE THE SEED AND IT WILL BLOSSOM.
Any further ideas or tell us what you have done please leave a comment below.
Manaakitanga what does this mean and what does it look like for children. Mannakitanga is a Māori value that is deeply entwined in the Māori culture. It is about looking after people and enhancing their mana/wellbeing. It is about looking after your visitors and being a good host. It is about sharing and caring for others in your community.
Manaakitanga in the classroom is similar. Children can show manaakitanga by:
Showing respect to each other.
Sharing resources with others.
Encouraging others in their mahi and helping them to finish their work.
Helping others if they see they need a hand with something.
Developing friendships by being kind to each other.
Sharing food and drink together.
Talking with each other nicely and clearly.
Showing empathy towards others. Sharing a hug.
Understanding others feelings.
Caring for the environment.
To nurture and love.
Children will learn by watching you the teacher so ensure that you are doing these things too. Teach Whānau/families about manaakitanga too.
Maybe make a wall display so Whānau can read and see what manaakitanga is. Take photos of manaakitanga e.g. sharing kai(food), playing and smiling together etc. Put children;s artwork on the display too. Ask Whānau to contribute to the display they may have a photo or knowledge about the Māori value they can share with you and the class.
Another activity could be gardening and sharing the kai from the garden with others. Maybe having a shared lunch and make soup with the vegetables the children have grown.
Going into the community and sharing some happiness with others. Maybe a trip to the old peoples home to sing some songs or take some baking to them. I am sure that would bring a smile to their faces.
This is my Moko making a cake to share with the family, nice manaakitanga Moko.
What ways do you show manaakitanga in your classroom/school? Please share by leaving a comment.