Matariki has always been a part of our conversations here at Little Earth Montessori Kapiti. We constantly revisit books and songs about Matariki. From time to time older children also share their experiences of past Matariki celebrations at preschool. For the last two months we had more focused discussion and had various activities on it as we commemorate Māori New Year.
In response to feedback from primary sector that some children are starting school without knowing the educational value of books, we have started a programme of ‘Love of books’.
Last week, the children have been very excited and busy preparing for our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. Hosting a special afternoon tea takes a lot of planning and such an event is very meaningful to the children. It is a great opportunity for the children to do something nice for others.
It has been our annual tradition at Little Earth Kapiti since we opened in 2009, that we come together as a community to celebrate Christmas with a Family Picnic at our preschool grounds.
As we enter winter the temperatures along with the sun creeps even lower, Little Earth Montessori Queenstown could be forgiven for staying snug inside where it’s warmer but there is so much to do.
Toward the end of last year, we took on the exciting task of creating the first sub-brand for Evolve Education Group. At the time, there were only four Montessori centres across the country, and Lollipops Educare Remuera was being transitioned to Montessori. After a few months of consultation with our Centre Managers, we feel the result is an inclusive, holistic approach that encapsulates both what Montessori stands for and what we aspire to achieve.