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Session notes for What we learn just for fun Stages: 3 to 5 years


Look at Whakatipu booklet Te Māhuri 1, page 10, ‘Ngā mahi a whānau’.

We keep talking about the importance of play for children’s learning. On these pages we see kids busily playing — they’re catching fish and collecting kaimoana with an adult alongside.

It reminds us just how much fun it can be when whānau join in too.

Pātai atu ki te whānau:

  • What can you remember enjoying with your whānau when you were young?
  • What was it about having parents and whānau joining in the activities that made it feel special?
  • Look at the pictures on these pages; what’s happening in them?
  • What do you think the tamariki might be learning?
  • What role do you think the adult has on page 10?

The pictures suggest that the tamariki are learning about process, skill and patience.

  • What do you think this means?

A process has been described as a journey: a learning journey. First we do this and then we do the next thing, and so on. And when we want to do it again, we try to follow the same process.

  • What’s this journey about?
  • What are these tamariki learning about the process of kohi kaimoana?
  • What other processes might a child learn through whānau activities?
  • What skills are they using?
  • And what about patience?

At the top of page 11 it talks about water confidence and safety awareness. We see the adult is nearby — not directly involved, but close enough to provide supervision for the tamariki.

  • How do you think a child learns water confidence?
  • What might they learn about water safety from playing at the beach? 

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby wall frieze - E aroha ana ahau ki te ako.  I love to learn — and even when you think I’m ‘just playing’ I’m actually learning about the worldOpens in new window

Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru.  Structured and secure world — we try to give our energetic tamaiti opportunities for lots of vigorous, noisy and messy play, especially outdoorsOpens in new window

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