Sowing seeds. It’s also a good time to be sowing seeds either directly into the soil or into seedling trays. You could recycle plastic containers to plant seeds into too. Even empty black pots that you may have brought seedlings in in the past are great to utilise now.
Too much rain? If your like me and been having a lot of rain recently your garden may be flooding. Now is the time to drain that water away from your plants. I created channels allowing water to drain away from the plants. Shelter small plants and seed trays out of the rain if possible. Small tip: I have a trampoline and use as a shelter for plants, soil etc.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I wish you all happy gardening at this busy time of the year. Anyone with some good tips please leave a message in the comments.
Worm farming with children is great fun. Children will find this activity very interesting. How to start a worm farm is pretty easy. I will go through the steps you will need to take to establish a worm farm at home or in your centre.
Find an old bath. You can pick them up for around fifty dollars or even free.
I made my worm farm in an old bath tub. But you can use a worm farm set up from a shop or use different containers that stack on top of one another.
Add rocks or gravel to the bottom of the bath, Then cover with weed matting.
Add shredded paper. Get the children to rip up the paper.
Add compost, coconut fibre and dry leaves.
Add your tiger worms. These can be brought online or get some from a kind worm farmer.
Add food scraps and cover with wet cardboard.
Add a cover I used some old wet walling and cover so water proof.
Add a bucket under the bath hole to catch the worm juice and water down and add to your garden.
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