Noah’s Ark Playgroup / mainly music

Playgroup & mainly music ‘call it a day’.

Due to TCC’s announcement of closure, our playgroup and mainly music program ceased in mid-April 2017.
“What a wonderful privilege it has been to be a part of your lives over this time through mainly music and beyond. It has been amazing getting to know so many lovely people and to see your beautiful children grow up. We are very sad to be ending this journey with you.
We will be finishing mainly music program at the end of Term 1, 2017. We will be having a final Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the school holidays where we hope to see many families – past and present – come and join us for a final hoorah – with teddy bears of course!”

Vicki Alexander – March 10th, 2017.

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Noah’s Ark Playgroup

Playgroup was an opportunity for children to have an enriched play time and participate in activities you may not have had on offer at home. Mums, Dad and guardians: were pampered with a coffee/tea/Milo while you relax, chatted and enjoyed other adult company!
We were a Ministry of Education registered playgroup managed by a mother-of-five and former school teacher, Margaret, along with a number of keen, younger helpers.

When:

Playgroup activityWe met from 9:00-11:30am each Wednesday during the school term.
Our time included a fresh fruit morning tea followed by a mainly music session at 10:30am, and a second morning tea at 11:00am for parents and care-givers as well.

What we had on offer:

Inside Play activities:

Role Play – Who doesn’t love to push a push chair around, or to pretend
to pour a cup of tea and have a picnic?! All good skills for one day when they have their own homes 🙂
Noah's Ark Playgroup activityDress Ups – Pretending to be someone or something else, imaginative play… it’s great fun!
Craft Table – Instructions and an example were usually displayed on the table.
Each term we had a theme that ran through our craft activities, and we would build a wall display of our work.
Play dough tablePlay Dough Table – Therapeutic for all 🙂 . While working together, we discussed shapes, methods of moulding and shaping, creations were made… all good for improving vocab and understanding. Our playdough was home-made and non-toxic.
Painting Easel – Great for kids to learn to express themselves visually and create with colours. Paint shirts were provided if you chose to use them.
Morning tea storyReading Library – ‘Read’ your own or have one read to you – stimulating and great learning tools. Enjoying a moment together by reading a book!
Puzzles – Great for improving manipulative skills and concentration!
Wooden Blocks Geotracks/Trains – There were so many ways to put these together. Allow your child’s imagination to run wild and you may be surprised with what they come up with! If they needed ideas to get them started, you could use the picture cards included with the sets.

Outside Play activities:

Ride-onsRide-ons – Coordination, self confidence, sharing and road rules could all be practiced here!
Sandpit – Making holes or castles, digging or flattening, moving and creating… all the while trying to keep the sand IN the sandpit! 🙂
Playground – Great for exploring spacial awareness, learning to take turns, climbing and sliding. Parental supervision was recommended.

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mainly music at Takanini:

A fun half hour of singing, dancing, playing music and making music.
This program was run by mother-of-five, music teacher and former school teacher Vicki.

When:

mainly music is funEvery Wednesday during school term we started the session at 10:30am followed by morning tea at 11am, finishing at 11:30am.

Cost:

A suggested koha (gift) of $2 per child was much appreciated to help us meet our costs.
Thank you to those who spoiled us with home-made baking for morning tea!

We loved mainly music because:

mainly music action songOur children developed skills – co-ordination, fine motor movements, large motor movements, social interaction, an appreciation of music and musical styles, and language development.
It provided our children with a structured learning environment after a time of free play.
It brought us together with our children for a time of safe interaction, and in doing so, taught us rhymes and songs that we could use at home to help with cleaning up, colours, counting, and more. There was an opportunity for us parents to network with other parents of young children.
mainly music at TakaniniWe enjoyed celebrating Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day together.
In short, mainly music was an opportunity for adults and young children to build memories and spend time together, sharing special time with each other.


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