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Session notes for At our marae Stages: 3 to 5 years


Let’s look at Whakatipu booklet Te Māhuri 2, pages 10 and 11. This is about all the learning opportunities for tamariki at the marae.

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • Is there somewhere you go to with your family that has a similar sense of belonging?
  • How do you think your tamaiti knows they belong at a particular place?
  • How do you think your tamaiti knows they belong to a certain group of people?
  • What does whānau mean to them?
  • What photos has your tamaiti seen of their close whānau or a wider group of relatives?

There are lots of ways tamariki can feel like they belong somewhere. What can influence their sense of connectedness most is how comfortable ngā mātua feel, and what sense of belonging they have. 

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

Tell me about visits to your marae or other special gathering places.

  • What makes you feel like you belong or not?
  • How can you help your tamaiti strengthen their sense of belonging?

Shared experiences can help. These can be simple things like knowing the same waiata or karakia as the group, and learning their pepeha or whakatauākī from their iwi or hapū. Ask:

  • What are your family’s favourite waiata?
  • How do you help your tamaiti join in?

Looking for the ‘familiar’ can be a way to help tamariki, and their parents too if need be, see how they’re connected to their marae.

Whānau can talk with tamariki about visiting their marae and point out to them examples of marae kawa or tikanga in action. Conversation starters could be a news article about a marae in the paper or on television, a poster in a community space or a photo on a calendar. 

How does this relate to the SKIP resources

Baby wall frieze Kōrero mai mō tō tātau whānau.  Teach me about my family — so that I understand who we are and what makes us specialOpens in new window

Six things children needTe hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru.  Structured and secure world.  There is order in our world.  Our whakapapa provides us with our foundationOpens in new window

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