‘Kei te Peke Ahau’ book review – Music and Movement.

Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong)

Today I want to review the book Kei te Peke Ahau by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde.  This book is perfect for your music and movement session with children. This book is filled with 24 pages of pictures that delights children.  It also has a cd so you can enjoy listening to the music too.

I would recommend this book to everyone as it has been a great Māori resource for me in the past.  The use of te reo Māori is used throughout the song.  There is a glossary at the back to check what the Māori words mean.

Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong) is a fun book.

This book is perfect for those learning te reo Māori.  There are other books similar to this there is a series of them.  Played on a regular basis you and the children will be singing this little song in no time at all.  This book is about animals from New Zealand and their movements.

Learning outcomes of using Kei Te Peke Ahau (Te Reo Singalong).

  • children are developing movement  to music skills
  • developing language
  • developing social skills as they interact with each other
  • developing listening skills
  • developing large and small  motor skills
  • developing their imagination
  • learning about different New Zealand animals and their movements
  • music and movement is important to development children’s minds, body and soul.

Let me know how you get along with this book in the comments and any suggestions you would have for others who have this great resource. 

Here is a link to buy this book.

How are you feeling today?

Through out the day you will constantly be supervising the children and monitoring how they are health wise. I often would find myself talking to children and asking them how are you feeling today?  Not always getting a reply but the older children would generally answer okay, good. I feel tired or I’m sad what ever it may be.  Today I am going to teach you a few simple sentences to ask someone how they are feeling and a few answers also.  I hope that this will help in your journey today.


E pēhea koe?  or Kei te pēhea koe? – How are you?

Question:  E pēhea koe?  to one person

Answer:  E …………………… ahau.

Or you can use this question with this answer.

Question:  Kei te pēhea koe?

Answer:  Kei te ……………………… ahau.

Here are some describing words to help you fill in the gaps.

E pēhea koe?         E pai ahau.  pai – good

E pēhea koe?         E makariri ahau.  makariri – cold

E pēhea Koe?         E ngenge ahau.  ngenge – tired

E pēhea koe?         E harikoa ahau.  harikoa – happy

E pēhea koe?         E hiakai ahau.  hiakai – hungry

This is a good book I found that you may be helpful for you and the children.

Kei Te Pehea Koe?

(Click on book to see where to buy)

Have a lovely day!


Dancing with scarves.

Today I want to talk about  dancing with scarves with children.  Dancing with scarves is enjoyed by all age groups.  It is an easy activity that incorporates music and movement with scarves,

The music that you choose can vary I like to put on classical music or you can sing E rere taku poi, which helps children to develop the words in te reo Māori.

What will children typically do when they hear music?  It depends some will stand there and just listen, others may jump around and others will tap a foot or jiggle their hips each child is unique when they start learning to dance.  Put a scarf in their hand and add music and watch their little faces glow.

Dance is very valuable to add into your program with children every day.   This is such a cool activity.  Give each child a scarf.  Stand alongside the children and start waving the scarves around in time to the music.

Here are the words to E rere taku poi for you to practice.

poiE rere taku poi, E rere taku poi, ki runga, ki runga

E rere taku poi, E rere taku poi Ki raro ki raro

E rere runga,  E rere  raro

E rere roto,  e rere waho

E rere taku poi, e rere taku poi

Ki runga ki runga



ki runga-up high

ki raro – down low

ki roto-inwards

ki waho- outwards

Dancing with scarves has many good learning outcomes which include:

  • developing skills for use of poi
  • developing fine motor skills- tiny fingers have to learn to grasp the scarf
  • developing movement skills learning to move to music
  • developing hearing one of the senses
  • developing the touch sense
  • creating their own moves and actions with the scarves
  • spatial awareness is developing
  • having fun with others
  • sharing scarves thus developing social skills
  • developing imagination

I always found it hard to find decent scarves but came across some great ones perfect for little fingers right here.

JZK 20 Multi colour soft organza silk square dance juggling scarves for children kids girls party activities accessory decoration rhythm band scarf baby sensory scarfs

Click onto scarves to see where to get them from.

Have a great day and get dancing!


Learn the colour song.

Let’s learn the colour song today.  Children love colours and you can sing this song throughout the day with them.  I have often heard children talk about a colour then I will sing that colour and the rest of the colour song which they will then join in.  It is a great little song and fun to sing at art times when using a lot of different colours and mixing colours to make new ones.  The Māori word for the colour is said first followed by the English word.


Learn the colour song – Mā is white.

Mā is white.

Whero is red

Kākāriki is green

Mangu is black and Pango is too


Kōwhai yellow

Parauri brown

Kikorangi is blue

Karaka is our orange



Additional colours are kiwikiwi is grey and māwhero is pink pāpura is purple.

I hope that you will enjoy singing this song.

Kia pai to ra









Professional Development in the Far North.

Today I would like to discuss the work of REAP the Rural Education Activities Programme.   REAP provide various educational support to the communities in and around the Far North area.  They offer support to schools, Adult community education, early childhood and Te Kōhanga Reo centres. road safety, parenting. AA vehicle and driver licensing as well as youth development.  AS well they also support te reo Māori for children, families and teachers.  There is a lot of te reo Māori workshops/courses to go to.

Peter Visser is one of the Kaitautoko Mātauranga here.  I have had the privilege to go to some of Peter’s workshops and workshops organised by him they have been great.   He does a great ukelele workshop and the children just love his music workshops with them too.  Peter and his team provide Professional Development for ECE teachers. Te Kōhanga Reo kaiako and families within the Far North areas.  Workshops are sometimes held in Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Kaikohe.    I would recommend talking to Peter and his team at REAP to see what there is to support you or your team.  Peter does send out regular emails with upcoming professional development to those on his email list.  Check out the REAP website.  I hope this information is useful to you.

Have a good day.