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Article posted December 6, 2012 at 07:10 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 3070




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Taite has been working on an Art Exhibition with his Teacher Aide Maxine. Here is his work. Isn't it just great?

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Yesterday I went on DMS's Ladies' Day Out, enjoying the Art Festival and Garden Trail. Fabulous day! DMS is our kiwifruit packhouse.

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Paige and Taite enjoyed a visit to Te Puke High School. We saw Malachi there. Paige's grandfather came as well, we met up with Roxanne, Paige's cousin, who is a senior student, and Mrs Heard, and they showed us around. Thanks everyone for a great time.

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Manaia and Paige have had another wonderful visit to the Intermediate. Thank you VJ, Mrs Arthur and Pania, Manaia's mother, who made our visit so successful!

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Manaia, Paige and Peta have been making chocolate mug cakes. What fun!

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A great skip counting song!



From ulearn 2012



Power of Parents: Connecting the Home to the Classroom

Tracy and Sally

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On Tuesday Manaia, Paige, Paige's Mum Tracy and I had a wonderful visit to the Intermediate. Thank you to everyone who made it so special.

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Article posted August 19, 2012 at 06:08 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 53

Book Creator for the iPad from Red Jumper Studio on Vimeo.





Last week I attended the Centre for Assistive Technology (CAT) Road Show 2012 in Tauranga. One highlight was learning about the Book Creator app for my iPad, I can't wait to use it with my students this week!

Thanks Mel and Lynne for a great day!

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Dear Mr and Mrs Larsen



I hope you will have fun with your new job in Dubai. I hope you will have so much fun.



Love from Manaia



Our principal and his wife are leaving our school after 4 years, they head to Dubai shortly. Manaia wrote this letter to them.

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Here is a wonderful tribute to Margaret Mahy by Joy Cowley.  I am looking out 'Memory' after reading this article.



This morning I heard two stories by Margaret Mahy 'Wicked Red Riding Hood' and 'School Lunches' on Radio New Zealand's Storytime. I will look out those to share with my students.

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Article posted July 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 52

Check out this link with wonderful resources about Telling the Time



Thanks Lorraine.

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Article posted July 19, 2012 at 06:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 77

Here is a link to a wonderful collection of information, videos and activities about the Olympics.



The 2012 London Olympics.



Thanks Lorraine.

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Here is Taite's poem.

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This is Paige E-R's poem.

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Article posted July 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 73

Here is a great article showing how to add a hyperlink.



Thanks Lorraine

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Last week I went to an amazing Vulnerable Children's Symposium presented by Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, on brain develpment, and the importance of the first 3 years of a child's life. Here is my Art Journal portraying how babies' brains grow in a healthy way.



Check out this link



Brain Development and Learning with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

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Paige is learning about rhyming words. Today she wrote a "two liner".



You are invited to add to her poem!



Paige's Poem

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Ted came to talk to the Intermediate's Extra Help Literacy class about hunting, tramping and enjoying the bush.

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Manaia is checking out the comments on her blog.

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Today Paige held a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread in her hands to see which one was heaviest. She thought it was the bread. We checked on the balance, it was the bread. She was right. Then she held a box of cereal and a carton of milk. She thought the milk was heaviest. We checked, and Paige was right again!

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"You may feel insignificant in the grand scheme of life, but you are daily creating the world that tomorrow's children will live in. Each decision you make helps to shape the legacy that will be left to them." ~ Unknown

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Delightful!

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Article posted May 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 73

Paige has just started her blog. Click here to see it.



You can also click on Super Seven on the right hand column, then click on Paige A.

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What a wonderful video!

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Article posted May 8, 2012 at 06:18 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 52

Manaia has just started blogging.



I am learning to add a hyperlink, so please click on the link below...



Manaia's new blog.



It worked!

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Manaia and I are working on the 'Let's Communicate' chapter of Alison Shroeder's 'Socially Speaking' book. Session 1 was about having eye contact, Session 2 was about our body postition as we spoke with someone, or were listening. Manaia made people out of playdough and placed them on the chairs and sofa. She took photos, and then wrote about what we had learnt.

Thank you Mrs Henson for lending us the playdough and furniture!

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Article posted April 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 75

Could someone tell me how to insert a hyperlink in a blog article?

Thanks.

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This year I have been working on an Art Journal. It's been great fun.

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Our SLST Conference held in Hamilton earlier this month was just great! Here are some of the books and activities I bought. Also a moveable abacus I made, and poems two students wrote after reading a poem "Remembering Summer" from a Literacy Workshop with Anne Grady.







The key note speakers were inspirational. Nigel Latta, Allison Mooney and Latu To'omanga.







Meeting up with fellow SLS teachers was special too. Thank you to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty team who made this all possible!

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Peta read a book "Sausages". He did so well, that his reward was to cook some sausages. Here is his thank you letter. Our local butcher gave us the sausages!

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We read "The Cat's Pyjamas" then Peta made his own pyjamas using our PatchPlay Quilt.

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Manaia shares what she learned at Bike Safety.

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Manaia wrote her story. Then it was edited, and finally she typed it out.

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Manaia wrote a story about this picture.

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 Manaia created this on our iPad, using a photo we took.

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Taite's Literacy teacher wrote this today...



"AND Taite did the best story he's done all year.


He worked with Leanne on the work I set him - he wrote soooooooooo


much!!!  A proud boy.  Leanne


only helped him with some key topic words."



Taite was really proud of his work! He took a photo, so we could share it on our blog. Sorry it's too small to see the writing, but you can see he has written a lot!

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Peta was sorting shapes into groups, and he also was doing a tally chart about shapes. He finished off making this shape picture. We took a photo, then he wrote his story.

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Paige took this photo, then using Pages on our iPad he wrote his story.

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Just wanted to let you know about this fantastic website. I will put a link to it as well.



[LINK]



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Wishing you all the joys and blessings of Christmas and a New Year filled with health and happiness!

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Malachi and Mikaeri have been enjoying the Rainbow Readers Selection stories and actvities. Paige is reading, winning a maths game, and enjoying Kids Clock on the iPad. Taite is doing cloze, and having great success on Kids Clock.

Garageband is another application on the iPad the boys enjoy!

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Here is Manaia working on her star decoration, and photo frame. You may notice some crocodile books, Manaia is on Level 22, that is a reading age of 8.5 years. She has gained two years in just 12 months! Way to go Manaia. Also, you may see she is using the Oral to Written Narrative language programme, she is just starting using more descriptive language.



I see that the heart shape has cut off the Crocodile books, and Oral to Written Narrative sheets!

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Here is Peta with his photo frame, working on his Photograph Album and with his bike.

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Poihipi enjoying maths.

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Peta's motorbike story, Poihipi's dictionary, and Manaia's Snow White story.

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Here is Manaia, sharing a book with the new entrant class. She read beautifully. I think she may be a teacher one day!

I enjoyed reading 'Picasso and The Girl with a Pony Tail' a great way to learn more about Picasso.

Day 218 of my Book-A-Day Challenge, and I have read 223 books!

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I loved these displays of students' learning. Thank you Jennifer and Chris!

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Two of my students are learning their basic addition facts to 6, and we are wanting instant re-call.

We are jumping on "lilypads" cut out of cardboard, with a basic fact and answer on, pupil says the fact and answer and jumps on.

Facts on the bedroom wall. In the dark, shine a torch on each one and repeat the fact.

Singing the fact to a well known tune.

Clapping games.

Stick games.



Any other ideas please!

I will let you know how Manaia and Paige go!

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"A television reporter's experiences in the West Bank reveals how children's hopes and dreams for peace can fly higher than any wall dividing communities and religions."



"A wondrous tale of tragedy and hope."

Angels & Urchins

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I have added links on the left to 3 picture books I have just read and enjoyed!



"The Blue Sky"

"Daniel's Ride"

"Going Back Home"



Do take a look!

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Day 144

This is the latest book I have read. Number 152. A story of two families, "from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s. From Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin, and the battlefieds of the Western front. In a climate of hostility Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair."

Highly recommended.



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Pirate Peta on PhotoPeach







Peta has been reading a book about dress-ups.

He read "I am a pirate."

After finishing his all class room work that I had set him, he was allowed these Pirate accessories.

Doesn't he look great?

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It's Day 117, and I have read 135 books. You probably wonder what else I do, if anything!



Books I have enjoyed...



"The Book Thief" -Markus Zusak. Young Adult book-stunning.

"Mr Pip"-Lloyd Jones. Superb.

"The Cross Feeling"-Pauline Cartwright. Picture book.

"Annie & Moon"-Miriam Smith. Picture book.

"Scruffty Mouse & One Eyed Ted" Penny Wech. Picture book, about two toys bought from the "Op Shop". Delightful

"Room"-Emma Donnaghue. Adult story about a young woman who is kidnapped. The story is told through her son Jack's eyes.

"Minding Frankie" & "Heart & Soul" -Maeve Binchy

"Still Life"-Louise Penny. A crime novel.

Bubble Trouble"-Margaret Mahy. Charming pictures, wonderful words and rhymes.

"Opposnakes"-Sally Yoon. A Lift-the-flaps book about opposites. Charming.

"Quaky Cat"-Diana Noonan.Poignant picture book about the September 2010 Christchurch Earthquake. In rhyme.

"Common Ground" & "Common Table" -Virginia Pawsey and Janice Marriott. Emails between two friends whose friendship is rekindled at a school reunion. A love of gardening, cooking and the outdoors shared.

More next time!

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I have put a link on the left to a brilliant video of Lane Clark, speaking about the need to work with students on how to learn, how to think, and the relationship between the two.

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I have just enjoyed reading Michael Morpurgo's "The Butterfly Lion.

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Day 41 of my 41 Day Challenge! The End!

Back to school tomorrow!



48. "The White Tiger"-Aravind Adiga. Adult fiction. Mann Booker Winner. An interesting journey into today's India.

49."The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Pie Society"-mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows. A wonderful tale of post-war friendship, books and love. Highly recommended.

50."Interrupting Chicken"-David Ezra Stein. Picture book about bedtime stories. Great fun!

51."The Purple KANGAROO"-Michael Ian Black and Peter Brown. A delightful picture book.



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Mr Greenberg's very talented 2nd grade class from Bridgeport, USA made this amazing book trailer. Thank you for allowing us to show it on our blog.

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3 more days of my Book-a-Day Reading Challenge! I have decided to keep it going for the whole year if I can...



39."Kensuke's Kingdom"-Michael Morpurgo. A wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe. A great read aloud for 9-10 year olds.

40."The Magician's Elephant"-Kate Di Camillo. Another great read aloud for 8-9+ year olds. A spellbinding magical tale.

41."Bink & Gollie"-Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Story of two friends,complete opposites, but great mates.

42."Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same!"-Grace Lin. Ling & Ting are twins, they stick together, and look alike, but they are not exactly the same. A chapter book. Delightful.

43."Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute."-Jarrett J Krosoczka. A great graphic novel about a school lunch lady's out of school activities. Check out Mr Schu Reads link on the left for more details.

44."Funny Lunch Max Spaniel"-David Catrow. Great picture book. (A book trailer posted 4 January)

45."Fancy Nancy Sees Stars"-Jane O'Connor

46."Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart"-Jane O'Connor.

47."The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"-Stieg Larsson. Third book in the Trilogy. Simply stunning.



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I was trying to do a Picturetrail Slideshow! Don't quite know how it turned out like this!

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Marcia Wines of Fairfax County Public Libary introduces us to "Kensuke's Kingdom".





"Kensuke's Kingdom" Movie Trailer.

Lesly, librarian at Te Puke Primary School recommended this book. Our town library bought it, and I have just finished reading it.

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I am off to our library to see if I can get this book!

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Day 27...

32.'Ms. Todd Is Odd!'-Dan Gutman, from his Weird School series. Action packed, would be a great read-aloud to 8-9 year olds.

33. 'Fancy Nancy Splendid Speller'-Jane O'Connor, such a delightful wee book, I am sure Manaia will love it.

34.'Fancy Nancy My family History'-Jane O'Connor- I will take this to my scrapbooking class to read! Nancy stretches the truth about her ancestors to make her school speech more interesting!

35.'The Book Whisperer'-Donalyn Miller. An inspirational book on how to make reading magical again.

36.'Little Monkey's One Safe Place'-Richard Edwards. A delightful picture book abot a wee monkey's search for a safe place. His facial features, as he searches are very telling.

37.'You can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons. The World on One Cartoon a Day'-by Mo Willems. Mo Willems spent a year travelling the world, at the end of each day he drew a cartoon of something that had stuck in his mind. These are his sketches, with a short note of explanation. This is in the 'Young Adults' section of our library. I enjoyed this book, it was different!

38.'Between the Assassinations'-Aravind Adiga. Vignettes of the lives of ordinary Indians, living in a fictional Indian town of Kittar, in a time of change. Thought provoking.

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"Kakapo rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot" written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop won the Sibert Award yesterday at the American Librarian Association's Youth Media Awards. A link to Nic Bishop is on the left.



The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001 with support from Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

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Day 20...

23. "Letters to the First Lady" written by American children, a collection of quotes and pictures to inspire other children to read and stay active. Delightful!

24."Angels ride bikes & other fall poems"-Francisco X Alarcon, a Mexican-American poet revisits and celebrates his childhood memories of autumn, in Los Angeles. Bold, earthy illustrations are vibrant.

25."Buhuki"-Janaki Sooriyarachichi. An award winning picture book about a baby monkey's adventures.

26."Ciconia Ciconia"-Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic. Another award winning picture book, about a white stork, uprooted because of war. he travels around through towns and cities searching for his idyllic life. Thought provoking.

27."Don't Let the Pigeon drive the Bus"-Mo Willems Picture book. Fun

28."Don't Let the Pigeon Stay late" -Mo Willems Picture book.

29."Knuffle Bunny"-"-Mo Willems Picture book. A cautionary tale. Great cartoons combined with black and white photos, with a true-to-life tale! I will share this book and author with my students!

30."Knuffle Bunny Too"-Mo Willems. A case of mistaken identity! A great read!

31."The Reversal"-Michael Connelly. Great story, with Mickey Haller, and Harry Bosch. A twist at the end, and as I turned the last page, unaware that it was the last page, (expecting more!) I said "What?" One of those endings...

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I have found a great blog that I would like to share with you. Link is on the left.

Mr Schu reads.

It is the blog of John Schumacher, a teacher-librarian in America. An avid reader, he read a staggering 1703 books in 2010!)he is always searching out new books for his students. He explores children's literature through Book trailers.

Check out his blog! It has had me running to our library (thank goodness it is now open after the New Year break!) for the books he shows on his blog!

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David Catrow draws Max and tells stories about Max's creation.

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Day 14 Reading Challenge

13."Gary and Ray"-picture book by Sarah Adams. A delightful book about Gary the gorilla who doesn't have a friend. This book is for Poihipi, who loves everything to do with monkeys!

14."Nutmeg"-David Lucas. A picture book , life is dull at Nutmeg's house, until she goes for a walk...

15."The Horrendous Hullabaloo"-Margaret Mahy, a pirate picture book that is fun!

16."If you were an interjection"- Nncy Loewen, illustrated by Sara Gray. A fun way of learning about parts of speech. Love the illustrations.

17."Fancy That!"-Gillian Lobel, pictures by Adrienne Geoghegan. "Full of vibrant jungle colour... A treat for the eye."Inis magazine.

18."Nursery Rhymes for Young Australians" illustrations by May Gibbs. Love the pictures!

19."Best Mate"-Michael Morpugo"-novel for young readers. This could be a good book to read to a class of 8-9 year olds.

20. "Chronicles of Arthur: Sword of Fire and Ice" -John Matthews, illustrated by Mike Collins. A graphic novel telling of Arthur's life as a young boy.

21."Tales from the Brothers Grimm" adapted by Mazan, Cecile Chicault, and Philip Petit. A graphic novel of 4 stories, 2 new to me. Really enjoyed this book.

22."The Girl Who Played With Fire"-Stieg Larsson. sequel to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." I couldn't put the book down, and can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy! Highly recommended!

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I have now read 12 books...



8."The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"-Stieg Larsson. An absolutely stunning thriller! It took me some time to get "into" the book, but then it went at a rivetting pace. Reading the 2nd book of the Trilogy now...



9."Fancy Nancy-The Show Must Go On"-Jane O'Connor. Delightful!



10."Fancy Nancy-Pajama Day" both books are in the "I can read" series. I have ordered 7 Fancy Nancy books from the Book Depository.($4 each!)



11."Alfie Gives a Hand."-Shirley Hughes. A thought-provoking picture book about Alfie who overcomes his shyness to become the most helpful party guest.



12."Tomorrow, When The War Began"-John Marsden- a young adult's novel. A great read, a little slow to take off, but then it went at full speed! I am left wanting to read the next in the series...

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It is Day 5 of my reading challenge, and I have read 7 books!



"Brown Paper Bear" -MacMillan Children's Books illustrated by Neil Reed

A lovely picture book showing toys of a bygone era, and a little magic from the brown paper bear.



"Fancy Nancy Butterfly Birthday"-Written by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.Just delightful! Loved the illustrations and storyline. A great way of extending vocabulary. Nancy loves using fancy words. Manaia (one of my students) would just love this book!



"The Hardy Boys" Papercutz Graphic Novel #6 Hyde & Shriek

Took me a wee bit to get back into comics! I found it hard to follow at first, not knowing where the next comic strip went. However, once I got the hang of it, I enjoyed the mystery. I am going to use graphic novels this coming year with my older boys.



"Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig" A picture book by Diana Neild, pictures by Phillip Webb.

Delightful! One I will be sharing with my students. The story of a wee pig with a very long name, and the story behind his name.



"CLUBS a Lolly Leopold story"-Kate de Goldi & Jacqui Colley.

This is a sophisticated picture book, and such fun to read! There is so much to read on each page, I was turning the book every way round to read everything! Tells the story of all the clubs Lolly's class have joined.



"Me and My Dad"-by Alison Ritchie pictures by Alison Edgson.

A picture book about the special relationship of a little bear and his dad. I always celebrate Father's Day with my students, so here is another delightful book to add to my collection.



"Our Daft Dog Danny"-by Pamela Allen.

A delightful picture book about Uncle Peter, dogs at the beach. Problems, and a great solution. Another book to share!



I am in the middle of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" -intriguing story!

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Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas, and may the coming year be filled with exciting surprises and memorable events.

One of my goals is to read 41 books in the remaining 41 days of holiday! Check out the Book Whisperer's Blog on the left. I am reading, have just started,"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson. I have ordered "The Book Whisperer" and " Training Your Brain for Dummies".

Any recommendations?

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Pikelets for Room 5 on PhotoPeach







Taite worked very hard on his Level 6-8 words, and as his reward for his success, he made pikelets for his class! They were delicious!

Thanks, Taite, for sharing your reward with your class.

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Christmas Fun on PhotoPeach



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Bianca at Athletics on PhotoPeach



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Poihipi is enjoying two new games Pirate Hide and Seek, and Tipover. His teacher has left at the end of this week, she is having a baby. Both her and her husband are avid gardeners so Poihipi wrote a card and we gave her these wee baby hats for next winter. The vegie one had 3 "peas" sewn on as well!

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Browse Inside this book
Get this for your site

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I have been looking for books about the Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs to read on-line, but haven't had any luck so far.

I have put a link to a wonderful Digital Library on the left.

This is the first time I have looked at my blog early in the morning 4am, and I am intrigued to see my WeatherLet widget showing the moon!

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This term Bianca is studying about Samoa. Does anyone have contact with a class in Samoa, that we could e-pal, or blog with? Bianca is 12. A Samoan class blog would be great!

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Poihipi and Manaia on PhotoPeach







I am looking at different Slide Show options, especially ones without related links. This is Photopeach [LINK] you upload photos, and add music and text if you like!

Thank you Lorraine!

I have put a link to Lorraine's helpful handouts and videos on the left.



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Room 2 students have visited our blog and have commented about Daniel and Taite's awards. They also commented on Brent's video. Thanks for visiting, and your comments.



We have a link to your class blog on the left, so I hope you will get some more visitors.



Mrs McGillan

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Bianca and her Year 7 & 8 class have just had a trip to Bayfair. They were interviewing staff at various shops and businesses about technology.



Some of the questions they asked were:





  • What technology do you use with your job?


  • What is the best piece of technology you use?


  • What technology did you use when you were my age? 12 years old


  • How do you think technology will change in the fuure?




As you can imagine the responses were very interesting.



We had a great day, it was very informative. Te Ranga students, we were so proud of your interviewing skills and good manners.



Mrs McGillan



 

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This week Daniel and Taite earned special awards. Daniel got the Special Car Award for getting 100% for Essential Spelling List 1. Taite gold the Gold Pen Award for knowing all his sounds 26/26. They have both worked very hard.



Congratulations boys!



Mrs McGillan

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Brent's avatar series - to be continued from annick janson on Vimeo.

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Brent has had an avatar made especially for him to use in MARVIN.



Here is a link to Brent's first video clip.


Way to go Brent!



 



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He has also had an article in our Te Puke Times!



 



 

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This week Lesly, the wonderful librarian at Te Puke Primary School has been fully embracing Library Week, with activities every day. Because I am out and about at other schools, I wasn't able to catch up with what was happening, but I do know they had quizzes, they made horse bookmarks (I am going to make them with my students-perhaps they could make them for Fathers' Day...) and yesterday Angie Belcher was a visiting author at school, and by all accounts it was a marvellous day! Lesly has got a Library blog, I have put a link on the left, pop in and see what has been happening in the TPPS Library. I have also put a link to an interview with Angie Belcher.

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Eyes on the Prize


An extract from Raising Teens Today by Ian Lambie & Les Simmonds


‘Take the time to enjoy your child’s teenage years. Enjoy the naivety and the idealism. Enjoy the courage and even the frustration of being young in an old world. Relish the opportunities to debate whether meat is murder, whether adults are all hypocrites, whether adults can or can’t dance with the stars, and whether education sucks. Take lots of photographs and videos, even of the things that drive you crazy, such as messy rooms and weird fashions. When you’re old and grey and full of sleep, and your own kids are middle-aged, maybe with kids of their own, these things will be treasures beyond worth You’ll look at these pictures of the room with the floor that didn’t see the light of day for years, and crazy as it might sound you may just feel rapt to have been there and survived it all. You may even find yourself wishing you could go back there again, just for a visit, just for one day, just to see them as they were, one last time.


Above all other things, keep your eyes on the prize’

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 Brent features in this week's NZ Woman's Weekly! 9 August. It tells how using the computer programme Marvin has given him 'a voice'.



Great article Brent and Lesly!

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The term started with a bang, with our 2010 SLST Conference in Wellington. My good friend Jacque was the Convenor, and along with her team did a great job.


Thanks Jacque!


We had Geraldine Brophy as MC and that was a master touch.


Highlights for me were key note speaker Andrew Fuller, a clinical psycholgist, Elizabeth Tomlinson speaking on Autism, and Julie Robert's hands on numeracy workshop. We had fun using her games and activities, and came away with activities and games to use immediately.


Since then I have purchased a maths games CD, and I will put a link on the left as I have found it really worthwhile. One of the games we have enjoyed is on the collage.


I also bought a CD of Latu To'omaga's workshop on Pacific boys. I didn't attend the workshop unfortunately, but heard it was excellent.


Another highlight, of course, was meeting up with old friends, who share our passion for teaching. That's always really special.


The collage is Geraldine Brophy, and Jacque and me.

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An inspirational speaker.



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Today I was at a Librarians' Meeting. Lorraine Watchorn showed us a marvellous website. Here is what she had to say about it...

"Well worth a visit to see how a group of students employ powerful learning strategies - using prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, summarizing, evaluating, synthesizing - when reading fiction, non-fiction, or everyday text."

The Link is on the left.

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I went to an Assistive Technology Roadshow a few weeks ago. I have just downloaded one Text-to-Speech software and it looks great!

Here's the spiel...



Text-to-Speech

Text to Speech software converts text from a computer document to speech. Text-to-Speech software allows the student to listen rather than read (or undertake another activity whilst the computer reads). Some programs can even save speech files to be played at a later time (eg. ipod or mp3 player).

There are a large variety of these programs available in a range of price brackets (many are inexpensive or free). Most work from an on-screen toolbar or clipboard that can be activated when text reading is required.

This type of program is suitable for people with learning or reading problems, people was some visual impairment, or those who would like audio feedback from the computer. Audio feedback can be a helpful editing tool as it reads the text as it is written rather than what the writer 'thought' they had written.



* Wordtalk [LINK]

Natural Reader [LINK]

ReadPlease [LINK]

* DSpeech [LINK]



These are free programs. The asterisked ones were what the presenters recommended. I have just downloaded Wordtalk, I think it has lots of potential. I want to scan in text that my student at High School needs to read, so that we can go over tricky vocab etc. I also like the way the text can be put on an ipod or mp3 player, great for studying for tests or exams! I am going to look at DSpeech now.

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I felt I needed some help with working with an Autistic student, so found a great website. I will put a link on the left. Here is the website for a story you can read online...



[LINK]



And here is a poem...



A thought provoking poem written in 1987 during a staff meeting about an elderly man with an intellectual disability wanting to own a

harmonica, and the power of words to oppress people.



The Language of Us & Them

by Mayer Shevin



We like things

They fixate on objects.

We try to make friends

They display attention-seeking

behavior.

We take a break

They display off-task behavior.

We stand up for ourselves

They are non-compliant.

We have hobbies

They self-stim.

We choose our friends wisely

They display poor peer

socialization.

We persevere

They perseverate.

We love people

They have dependencies on

people.

We go for walks

They run away.

We insist

They tantrum.

We change our minds

They are disoriented and have

short attention spans.

We are talented

They have splinter skills.

We are human

They are…?



From Make a Difference

John O’Brien & Beth Mount

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Nicholas L from Deep K's class in New York has visited our blog. Here is an interesting video clip from his blog.

Here is his Blog address:

[LINK]



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We have a message...

Hi Mrs. McGillan! My name is Sachit and I'm a student in the USA. Great video and colorful blog! Please visit my blog and leave comments as well.



Sachit's Blog address is:



[LINK]



Please visit his blog.

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Deep K, an 8th Grade student from New York has visited our blog and left a couple of messages. He has some interesting science articles on his blog and would welcome your comments!

Here's the link...



[LINK]



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Wishing you all the joys of Christmas.

Thank you to each and everyone of you who help our lives to be enriched.





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Graduation



Yvonne, Kirsty, Karen and Sheryll our tutor.



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MY FAKE GRANDMA ROCKS



Thanks Lesly!

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MY FAKE GRANDMA ROCKS



On Tuesday afternoons I sit here in my class

I don't know what it is but I just can't have a blast.

I wish Mrs.McGillan was here to write a cool story with me

...or maybe even three!

She'd put it on my blog and then

she'd tell the world "Brent's done it again!"

She's cool the coolest teacher

I wish you could meet her

My fake nan is what she's going to be today

I hope she'll stay forever and never go away.



Here is a super poem Brent wrote for me!

It has a lovely background of a photo of Brent at Hell's Gate, Rotorua. I am having trouble posting the whole thing, I have asked for help, I know SOMEONE will be able to figure out how to present the whole document!

The photo just makes it!



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I had a wonderful time at Pongakawa Grandparents' Day. I went as Brent's 'fake' grandma! He bought me some special lunch, thanks Mum, and also a gift, that was most appreciated.

I loved the showcase of talent presented to us by the students, it was wonderful!

Brent also did some magic tricks for me and my friends, and that was pretty magical! One of my friends is the wife of a Magician! She gave Brent some tips, and who knows, one day he may become the Magician's Apprentice!

Thanks Brent for inviting me to such a special day!

I felt honoured!



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Today Mrs Scott and 3 students from Room 1 at Te Puke Primary School visited Room 13 at Te Puke Intermediate to present their amazing PowerPoints about Ancient Civilizations.

This is Room 13's inquiry topic this term, so they were interested to see how the three students presented their learning.

The session was finished off with a great song!

Thanks Mrs Scott, and your team.

You did a fantastic job, we were all very

impressed!



I believe that a link to these PowerPoints will be on The Te Puke Primary School website, so I will let you know when that happens, and you will be able to see the PowerPoints in full.







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I am so excited! Today I passed the final exam in our International Computer Driver's Licence!

I got 88%, everyone else got in the 90s, but that is okay!

I passed!

Congratulations to Karen, Kirsty and Lesly!

We did it!

Thanks Sheryll, for being a great tutor!

We have our Graduation next Wednesday, so I will post some photos!

I also have a great day out on Friday!

Grandparents' Day at Pongakawa School... I am going as Brent's 'fake' Gramdma!

I believe I am going to get some MORE Flemish food!

I can't wait!

Okay, now the computer stuff is all behind me, I am reading about Dyslexia!



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Yesterday Barbara Kelly RTLB and I had a very pleasant day visiting schools in my area that I don't have students at. We have a vacancy for a new student next year, so it was a great opportunity to visit those schools, to let them know what the Supplementary Learning Support Teacher's role is, and what services I can offer.

Thank you to the five schools, Te Puke High School, Rangiuru, Maketu, Pukehina and Otamarakau for making us very welcome!

Yvonne



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My Pictures



Waere's Learning Outcome was

"I can collect data, by counting, and make a graph-tally or block to show the results."



I am sure the best part was eating the M & Ms!



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Thanks for this Lorraine!

This is so true.

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Bianca is going on a class trip to Wellington later in the term.



Yesterday we played a new game about New Zealand. There are general knowledge questions, a time-line about important dates in New Zealand history, and facts about key locations.



It was great. We had fun!

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Here is the link to create the image of Brent below.



[LINK]



Thanks Lorraine & Liza



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                              Today is Brent's last day. He has done so well that he is going off my roll. He is a success story! <br /><br />
Well done Brent!<br /><br />
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adrianbruce.com



But... there is more!

He will still be a member of our blog, and we hope he comes in to tell us what he is up to. Next year he is going to High School, and I am sure we would like to hear about his exciting new adventures.



Thanks Brent for being a terrific student.

I look forward to seeing you at Grandparents' Day, when I come as your 'fake' grandma!



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Taite's graph



Two of my student's learning outcomes are:

"I can collect data, by counting and make a graph-tally or block to show the results."

They made a tally chart then they converted it into graphs.


Award Courtesy adrianbruce.com

Aren't they clever?



Waere's graph



I have just done a module on Excel for my Computer course, graphs were part of it, so it's great to make use of the new skills I have learnt! I passed the module too! Only just!



Next week we are going to do some really colourful graphs with M & Ms! (My students, not my computer course buddies!)

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Sorry, Brent, it does not show your transitions and special effects.



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I have now learnt how to embed a PowerPoint presentation! This is a presentation I did, when I was doing a course on PowerPoint.

Next week, I will embed Brent's PowerPoint.

His is truly marvellous!

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Lorraine has sent me this information about posting PowerPoint presentations!



Join Authorstream or slideshare.net. (free) Upload your powerpoint to any of these sites where once uploaded, an embed code is generated. Use this code to post into an article as you do other widgets etc and voila!



Thanks Lorraine



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Today Brent did a Powerpoint presentation of Muggles World. It was super!

I will have to see if I can put it on our blog.

Here is one slide that I have saved as a JPEG file. I have just done a PowerPoint module for a computer course, and learnt how to do that!



Very pleased to say too, that I passed the test today for PowerPoint!



Muggles world get on board in the night

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Last week Brent and Harry visited Muggles World.

Here is a slide show.

Brent is going to make a presentation as well, so we hope that we can share it with you!



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I am in Auckland at the SLST mini conference. yesterday Dr Jean Schedler spoke on Early literacy, and the components and practical application of the reading programme. She identified 6 early literacy skills.

1. Alphabet Knowledge.

2. Phonological Awareness.

3. Rapid Automatic naming of letters and digits.

4. Rapid Automatic naming of objects or colours.

5. Writing or writing name.

6. Phonological Memory



It was excellent!



I have been around the Panmure Basin twice (3.1km), done some Tai Chi, written my management report for next week!



Brent went to Muggles World last week, some great photos, so hope to have a slide show shortly.



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Article posted August 17, 2009 at 09:20 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 55

Yesterday I learnt that VJ has got ORRs funding, so I will have a new student! He is the 3rd student to get ORRs funding this year!



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Wendy Ballard the librarian at Greenpark Primary School in Tauranga received an NZEI Support Staff Scholarship last year to create a Website of Online Resources for NZ Primary Schools. Some Intermediates and Group Special Education have also expressed an interest. She's excited to announce that it is now live on



www.infoblitz.co.nz



Please check it out - it can be used free from schools, home or any Internet connection. This website directory has been created with Kiwi Children in mind and is safe, manageable, educational, high-interest, has visual appeal and showcases NZ. It can be used to research class & homework curriculum topics as well as children's hobbies and interests. There is a special link for Teachers and one for Librarians.



She welcomes suggestions & feedback. If you like the website please bookmark it & spread the word by sharing it with students, parents, teachers and librarians.



She's tried very hard to exclude direct weblinks to sites with non-educational games, arcade games, advertising overload, and inappropriate content.



She is looking forward to hearing how Kiwi students are Blitzing their schoolwork with www.infoblitz.co.nz



Check it out!

It looks fantastic!

Link is on the left.

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Learn to spell it right at Spelling City!

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I have been having difficulty remembering and sharing my long classblog address.



I have just visited TinyURL - It's free!



I shortened that long URL to one I will easily remember!



Example:

Go from classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=136960

to tinyurl.com/mcgillan



Here's how you do it...



Go to tinyurl.com

Paste in your classblog address

Type in a Custom Alias - It will need to be unique though.



Click "Make tiny URL" button and there's your new short url!



Thanks, Lorraine for that!



[LINK]

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Article posted July 1, 2009 at 09:34 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 61

Brent



Brent is learning about teen numbers. He is "two teen"... that is twelve!



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Buttering biscuits Recipe



Waere made butter today. First, he read a book about how to make butter. After that he made it, by shaking cream in a plastic jar, with a marble. It tasted really good on crackers!

Then he wrote out the recipe, he was the "teacher", so he edited his work, and the next step is to type out the recipe.

You will see that next term!



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Muffins tn Ready to cook



Yesterday Brooke, April and Bianca were cooking muffins. Lots of fun!



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Thank you everyone, for your comments. Sometimes we have difficulty getting on the internet to reply. I will try and get my students to reply before we go on holiday.

We had a great Regional SLST day in Hamilton yesterday a long way to go, but very rewarding. Had a computer session first off, we had Linda McCullough from the National Library, with really useful websites to visit www.natlib.govt.nz a great starting point. Also [LINK] to read picture books around the world, or to create your own picture books. Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.teara.govt.nz Matapihi, multimedia resources from NZ libraries, galleries, archives and museums www.matapihi.org.nz the list goes on! Linda also read Click, Clack Moo, Cows that Type, by Doreen Cronin and showed us Harry Highpants by Tony Wilson. Super picture books!

You may like to look out for them in your library.

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Article posted June 4, 2009 at 09:09 PM GMT0 • comment (4) • Reads 52

From Lesly, Brent's Mum..."we (me, Brent, his dad and Jonas) played the storybook game tonight. It took us ages and we didn't even get through the whole stack of cards!

Brent absolutely wanted to type the whole story as we were making it up so here it is, I've copied it from his NEO.

The red words are the words that were on the cards we picked, that hopefully explaines why the story doesn't always makes sense! We had loads of fun!"



I have published Brent's story on his blog. I haven't been able to make the words red, as in Lesly's email, so you will just have to imagine which ones were red!

The game comes in the cutest little suitcase!

I will take photos next week.



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Article posted May 31, 2009 at 08:20 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 57

Brent has written about his trip to Starship.

He and Mum have edited it, and it is on his blog.

Do have a look! Here are Mum's comments...



"Here is Brent's Starship story. We went over it together and made it sound better. How disappointing he didn't talk about how we worked on our correspondence, 9 time tables and homework every day! I guess that was the least interesting part for him!

Anyway Radio Lollipop is indeed a really cool radio station at Starship where kids can listen to in their room and request songs and have their name mentioned etc... They also have lots of lovely volunteers that walk around the children's wards to entertain them. He didn't tell you we saw the Tooth Fairy as well?"

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We have just put Simon Says on the right of our page. Waere has just had a few games, and 9 is his highest score!

Can you beat that?



We have also put Underwater Times Tables there, that's fun too!

Tell us what your favourite times table is please.

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Get your own Poll!




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Books



Brent is Library Leader at his school, and wrote this book review for his library.

Well done Brent!

It may be printed in our local paper.

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Next week Matthew is reading a book about kites, and we plan to make one, the following week.

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Poihipi and Waere have all created Vokis. Check their blogs to see what they have done. We tried to record Poihipi's own voice, and that didn't work out, so it's a 'work in progress'!

Waere's Voki says "Today I learnt about lions." However, the voice says lee-ons for lions, so maybe we didn't spell it right!

We have learnt that some words need to be spelled phonetically too!



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Article posted April 27, 2009 at 10:18 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 53


Get a Voki now!





Poihipi created this today. Next time we will try to record his own voice.

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Get a Voki now!

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Article posted April 8, 2009 at 04:51 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 47

Yesterday Bianca and I opened up a box of goodies from Scholastic Lucky Bookclub! Books, piggy banks and mystical creatures to paint, posters, a dog bag clip...

Read Bianca's Article 'Super Duper Clip' to find out more!

Dinosaur Hunters



You can't read it, but at the bottom, it says...

Find the secret drawer...

This is a super interactive book.



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Article posted April 4, 2009 at 09:31 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 57

Latest news with Dylan, and his spelling. He got 20/22 last week. So, this week might be the week he gets 22/22. He'll probably get an Easter egg for that!

I attended a SLANZA course with Lorraine Watchorn yesterday and have created a personal Blog, and a SLST Wiki! Not much happening with either as yet, but watch this space!

On the SLANZA Wiki I found a great link to The Book Whisperer, a wonderful teacher in the States Donalyn Miller, who motivates children to love books! Link on the left.

Also, Lorraine has shown me a wonderful new toy, sorry tool... a microphone for recording. Looked fabulous, and I can't wait to get one and let my students try it out! They LOVE hearing their own voices played back!

Lastly, I met some fabulous people at the course, librarians and teachers. Good luck to you all with your Blogs, Wikis, and Web 2 tools!

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Poihipi's Birthday-1



I recently had the priviledge of attending a SLANZA Waikato/Bay of Plenty seminar with Lorraine Watchorn. It was about Web 2.0, and I have put a link to the Web 2 tools we were introduced to. Next Saturday we have a session on Blogs and Wikis.



SLANZA-School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Inc



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Dylan's Spelling



Dylan is trying to get his words all right. This week he got 19/22!

Way to go Dylan!



Wordle.com



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Waere on Storymaker Lion cubs



Waere is using StoryMaker to write his own story using his Reading book about Lions.

Malachi showed his teacher how to make a reading book then demonstrated all the different options for working with the book. He is going to be her "technical adviser" on StoryMaker, and felt very proud!



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From Brent's Mum...

We had a blast this weekend. Brent went surfing with the Disabled Surfing Association! It was so cool!

The event is going to be on TV on Easter Sunday morning 10 am! It will be on attitude TV (not sure which channel that is)

Brent loved it so much, he has become a member of the Association now!



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We have been having fun making and reading books, with our own photos, on StoryMaker.

We are also using the Flashcards to practice our basic sight works.

We have been using the Sentences to write stories.

It has been so much fun.

I will post photos shortly!

The link is on the left...

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Just letting you know that Brent's Real Truck Srory has been published.

Do read it!



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Article posted March 3, 2009 at 07:59 PM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 57

Bianca's flipbook



Today Bianca got her flipbook. Here she is, enjoying reading it.



I made the flipbook using Snapfish I will put a link on the left!



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Article posted February 26, 2009 at 12:42 AM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 46

Gill, Brent's Correspondence Maths tutor has recommended this great website. Look over at the links for it.



I can't wait to use it for my students.

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Brent's Great Truckrun



Brent has written an unassisted piece of writing about The Great Truck Run he took part in, in Belgium some years ago. His Mum, Lesly, is going to edit his story with him, and then we will publish it.



This is what she wrote...

Great story, I know what Brent's talking about. In Belgium every year there was an event called 'The Great Truck Run' organised by truck drivers for special needs children. Hundreds of trucks came together and gave special needs children a ride in their trucks in a massive convoy, it was great fun and very spectacular with people in the streets all standing on the sides of the roads to watch the trucks pass.



We look forward to your story Brent, and the photo is lovely!



Latest update... Brent and Lesly's home computer is having a wee holiday... getting repaired, so it may be a while before we see Brent's story!















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Waere has started off the year fantastically. He has graduated to Level 4 (Okey-Dokey) at addition. There are some really hard sums...

like 34 + 15...

His best score today is 5.



Monday 23 February

Waere's best score today was 8.



Waere has logged in for the World Math Day 2009

March 4.

Check out the link! It looks great!







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Ted spent 4 days over Waitangi weekend in the Kaweka Ranges, half way between Napier and Taupo.

He had a wonderful time, and said it was such BIG country.



On Valentine's Day he gave me a voucher for a half day Spa Experience! I can have 4 therapies, so I would love for you to have a look at the link, and tell me what you think would be great!

Your advice would really be appreciated!







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Brent has finally completed his 3 part Oblivion story. I liked the way he kept us in suspense with each instalment!

He has sent me a message saying...



Thank you. After this adventure I've got a made up story for everyone for read. Here's a clue... it starts with s.



Brent




RockYou FXText


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Thanks everyone for taking a look at Brent's story Oblivion. His home computer has been causing problems, so he wasn't able to check his blog.



However here is a message from his Mum...



"After hijacking dad's laptop from work we managed to read his blog comments tonight! He was beaming, unstoppable and posted a new

article. He's made it even more exciting and DOESN'T EVEN WANT TO TELL HIS OWN MOTHER WHAT'S BEHIND THE RED DOOR=http://!! aaaargh!!!"



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Raglan 1956



The wharf was usual enough

Red rusty corrugated iron shed, an in the way Coastal Trader,slippery steps,

A lone one legged seagull,

The smell of old bait and new sacks



My Dad and I

fished,

cooked bacon on a primus.

drank Billy

tea with condensed milk

Told stories,



waiting,watching,sharing,



A special time.



Bill Reid

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Here's J.K.Baxter's poem "The Town" that inspired our poetry.



The town was usual enough: it had

A creek, a bridge, a beach, a sky

Over it, and even a small tin church

I never went to. My brother, my cousins and I

Did what boys do - dozed in the hot

Schoolroom, made bows and arrows, dodged the mad

Boatbuilder, crept like rabbits through the black

Under-runners with a weak torch,

Burnt dry rushes, wrestled or swam

Doing nothing important.



James K. Baxter

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The ditch was usual enough; it had

A dip, sheltering trees, the soft earth, pine needles

Covering the hollow at the end of our

Street. Seldom visited. My sisters, neighbours and I

Dug down, hidden from adult

Eyes with matches and stolen cigarettes

Dad’s pipe, sucked sharply, breathing

Life into the curl of charred tobacco

Scorched resin, soft earth, our secret place

A Sunday Afternoon.



~ Lorraine Watchorn

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The Forest was usual enough, it had

the trees, the insects, the birds, the forest floor

Under it, and even long supple branches

I yearned to crawl along. My sister, my brothers and I

Did what children do-climbed to the top

made huts, watched out for the angry

forest ranger, crawled along the thick

supple branches on hands and bare feet

Swung at the end of the pine needles, laughing or fighting

Finding our own fun



Nan Ponga

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Article posted February 7, 2009 at 08:33 AM GMT0 • comment (5) • Reads 58

Last Monday I attended a writing workshop with Gail Loane. Absolutely inspiring! She had us all write a poem in the style of J.K.Baxter's poem 'The Town'.

Here is mine...



The hut was usual enough; it had

A kitchen, bunkroom with bunks three high,

Dirty boots on the porch, heavy packs discarded with relief

The nurse mopping up my bleeding legs, offering everything except morphine

Ted cooking our meal,sharing the wine he'd lugged up the hill

Sheer wonderment of what others were preparing

I didn't think I'd make it, but I did!



I am going to refine this...



I worked with a group of others and would like to share their poems...





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My delightful friend Nicki has given our Blog the Lovely Blog Award. It's our first Award! She gives it to us saying...

Mrs McGillan - she is so supportive!



So what I must do now is



Check out her blog to copy and save the award logo then …

1. Add the logo to my blog.

2. Link to the person from whom I received this award.

3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.

4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”!



So I nominate



Susie: A great friend and blogger from America

Lorraine: Who started me on the great adventure of blogging!

Janet: For a colourful, vibrant blog!

Paula: For guidance and encouragement.

Mrs Logan: For her student's comments on my student's blogs!





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Today is Brent's birthday, he is turning twelve.

Here is an early morning email from him...



I am having a great day so far I got star wars the force unleased on xbox 360 I have 6 games on my xbox 360 now and a spy watch have a great day.



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Article posted December 30, 2008 at 05:10 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 53

The latest Brainwave Newsletter is available, I especially enjoyed Miriam McCabe's article on



Brains and Behaviour-Harnessing the Power of the Parietal Lobe.



Consider:

"Stop climbing on the couch" vs. "Please keep your feet on the floor"

"No more hitting!" vs. "Please use gentle hands"

"You never listen to me!" vs. "Look at my eyes while I'm talking, please"



"If we want to give them (children) a chance at performing the behaviours we desire, we need to explicitly describe what that desired behaviour looks like (and "be nice" is not explicit enough!)."



There are also other interesting and informative articles, check out the Brainwave link on the left.

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"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"



Leo Buscaglia





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Chloe: Do you like princesses, dressing up or going for tea at someone's

house?

Chloe I have never met a princess, but I am sure that I would like one if I

did. I would love to meet a Maori Princess as there are some here still.

I enjoy going out for tea and I love getting dressed up in something

special. The Maori women wear special grass skirts made of flax when they

get dressed up.



Amelia: What is your favourite food?

I love terikihi fish that I can get in NZ but i like lots of foods. Some

special NZ foods are fish and chips, crayfish, Tim Tams (they are like

penguin biscuits) and of course Anzac cookies that I think you tasted at

your school. I also love Salmon which I can get in Canada as well.



George: Is there any castles?

There is one castle in New Zealand that is in South Island and it is near

Dunedin. The name is Larnach castle and it was built in 1871. It was built

by a very rich man for his family and I have visited it. It is very

impressive and the gardens around the castle are lovely.



Lucy: Do kiwis peck at your car?

My Mummy told me they did! Kiwis only come out at night and they are a bit

shy of humans as they are very rare these days. I am not sure if they peck

at cars. I know that some of the birds in New Zealand are very cheeky and

there is a bird called a Kea (which sounds like Kiwi) and it does peck at

cars. They also peck and steal other things. One day, on a picnic, my son

had a pork pie and a kea just swooped down while it was in his hand and

stole it. We had been told not to feed the birds but they had other ideas.



ELEANOR: Do they have pets?

Yes they do have pets, the normal ones like cats and dogs are here and the

children often have a pet lamb or calf that they rear and show at the Farm

Shows. Not many people have weird pets because there are no snakes in New

Zealand and the people here are very wary of introducing new animals as they

often cause problems to the ones that live here now. If we go for a walk we

are often told that we must not take a dog with us. This maybe because

there are sheep and lambs on our trails or perhaps they worry about the

birds eggs that dogs might eat as many birds nest on the ground.



Mohamed: What toys do you have?

Kids here have much the same type of toys as you do. They probably have

more soft toys made of lambs wool or alpaca. I went to an Alpaca farm when

they were shearing the Alpacas and that was a fun day. I have seen lots of

lambs and alpacas as soft toys here.



Zain: Do you have sweetcorn?!

Yes we do have sweetcorn here and it is as popular here as it is in the UK.

In Canada where I come from we get lots and lots in the summer and do get

all kinds of varieties. Have you heard of Peaches and cream sweetcorn?

Perhaps you have as from your question I would guess that you would like it.



Freddie: Where can you get books?

We have a wonderful library here and have the same kind of shops that you

have in the UK. I love bookshops and spend as much time in them as I can.

Te Puke where I live at the moment only has a paper shop that sells books

but there is a pretty good choice and I can buy books about New Zealand

which is good and interesting.



Sasha: Do you have cafes there?

Yes Sasha, I would find it hard to live somewhere where there are no cafes.

They sell lots of coffee here and most of the cafes have an outside place to

sit in the summer. New Zealanders love a kind of coffee called a Flat White

and that is what I drink. It is a slightly milky coffee and like a

Cappuccino, maybe your mums or dads drink something like that when they go

out.



Patrick: Do the trees have leaves in NZ?

Yes Patrick, they have lots and lots of leaves and all different kinds,

some are like fir trees and some are things like oaks and chestnuts. Some

of leaves that are ferns and some have dark green, some light green and some

are a reddish colour. I look out of my window and see all kinds of

different leaves and colours. Some would be like trees you see in England

and some are very different.



Sean: Do people wear bags in NZ?

The last question and as you have asked a bag lady (I love bags) I can

definitely say YES. All kinds from backpacks, shoulder bags, ones you wear

around your waist and all kinds of interesting ones that are for certain

reasons. New Zealanders and visitors love to hike around and camp so there

are lots of camping bags which have compartments for different things. The

Maori make lovely baskets also from the flax that grows everywhere here.

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Niamh: Have you got flowers there?

Niamh, we have the most wonderful flowers here, lots and lots and lots. A

great many people grown English type gardens because that is where their

families were from and so they have roses, lots and lots, all colours. In

my garden I have rhododendrums, magnolias petunias, agapanthus and lots that

I don't know the names of. Like the magnolia we have lots of trees that

flower. There is a special tree here called the Pohutukawa tree which has

lovely red flowers and because we are upside down here and have Christmas

when it is summer, it is called the New Zealand Christmas tree as it blooms

at this time of the year. They are quite beautiful. We also have a tree

called the Manuka tree which flowers but it is used in lots of medicines.

There is also a special honey called Manuka honey, which the bees who

pollinate these trees make and it is well know as a remedy for cuts and

problems with the skin.



Joel: What colour are the sheep?

The sheep are mostly white but there are a few black ones. there are also

some with white bodies and black faces. There are thousands and thousands

of them and we have three that live next door to our house. They look a bit

cold and sad when they have their fleece shorn but it soon grows back they

would be very hot if it was never cut.



Ben Z: Why are there lots of sheep in NZ?

These are all good questions. I guess that when the British people first

came to NZ they came with the same ideas they had back home and as the land

was very bare and there was a lot of space and sheep are relatively easy to

transport in boats as they are smaller than cows. Sheep do not need much

looking after and because the grass is so lush and green here lots of sheep

could graze in a relatively small area. Sheep farming really developed when

they discovered in 1882 how to refrigerate the meat that they sent from NZ

to places like the UK. I remember growing up with New Zealand legs of lamb

when I was young and lived in the UK. I did not realize then just how long

it took to travel from such a far away place.



Evie L: Is there a tooth fairy there?

You know Evie I have not seen one but I think that they are in hidden places

and visit children when their teeth come out. There is a dentist here in Te

Puke called the Tooth Fairy. We have tooth fairies in Canada as well as my

children used to get money from her. I guess that you are at the age where

your teeth are changing and you look forward to a visit from her. I think

there must be lots and lots all over the world.



Grace: Do they have palm trees?

Yes Grace we have lots and lots of different kinds of palm trees. At the

weekend I even saw some banana tress but it is a bit cool for them to grown

here. We have cabbage palms and a tree called the Nikau palm. We also have

tree ferns that look like palm trees as well. In the old days when the

first people came here from Europe they cleared a lot of the native trees to

make pasture for the sheep and cows but now there are more people who want

to make NZ look more like it did long ago. When the Maori people first came

here they did not chop trees down unless they used them for themselves but

when Europeans came they chopped down wonderful native trees and sent them

overseas and used them for boxes and all sorts of other things. Nowadays

people are more careful and replace what they destroy.



Daniel: Do they have trees?

Yes Daniel, we have lots and lots of trees and some of your question was

covered in my other answers. Because there is lots of rain in New Zealand

there are lots of trees - so many are really beautiful and some are really

quite strange. There is one tree that comes from Norfolk Island, a Norfolk

Pine that I think looks just like the sort of trees that leggo makes.



Easha: Do they have cars in NZ?

Yes they do Easha, in NZ people drive on the same side of the road as they

do in the UK. In Canada they drive on the other side and I found it quite

difficult when I came here. There are lots of roads in NZ that are narrow

and windy as there are lots of hills There are also quite a lot of roads

that are not paved and you drive on gravel. My friend, Yvonne, the teacher,

lives in a house at the end of a long track that goes through a meadow. It

is quite a journey to get to her house.



Rachel: Do you have baths?!

Yes we do Rachel, we have showers and baths. Our water comes from rainwater

so it is very soft. The place I live in Canada has water that is very hard

(that means that soap does not lather well and it feels kind of gritty

sometimes, but in NZ our water feels soft and wonderful.

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A new Canadian friend, Hazel, who is here in New Zealand for a year, has received these questions from a Reception Class in England The children are 4 and 5 year olds.

I thought their questions were delightful, as were Hazel's answers!

Enjoy!



Alfie: Are there any hens in New Zealand?

Yes Alfie, there are, most of them are free range and we have a few that

peck around in our garden as they visit us from our next door neighbour. I

think most of them are Rhode Island Reds and they look much fatter and

healthier than the poor chickens that are raised in battery coops. In NZ

and Australia most people call hens - chooks which makes me laugh. We have

two hens that visit our garden regularly and my husband calls them Bertha

and Gladys.



Storm: Do apples grow in New Zealand?:

Hi Storm, What a wonderful name. Yes they do grow apples here. The best

ones are Galas. They are really tasty but they grow Braeburns and another

one called Rose apples. We can get NZ Galas when we live in Canada which is

where our real home is. Can you buy them in England?



Laiba: Do you eat chips?

Yes Laiba (another great name) New Zealanders love fish and chips and I

think that you can buy them in every village or town that has some shops.

They love to wrap them up in newspaper and I guess that reminds them of the

fact they many NZ people come from Britain originally. They have lots of

different types of fish here that I love, Terikihi and orange roughy and

many others that I had not heard of before I came to NZ.



Ben P: Do you have bats in New Zealand?

That is a really good question because I found out last week that Bats have

been here all the time, although NZ did not have any other mammals

originally. there is one called a long tailed bat and I cannot remember

what the others are called.



Isabelle: Do you use pens in your schools?

I think that they do Isabelle, but they use computers a great deal here and

not many schools still have blackboards. Does your teacher still use a

blackboard and do you have lots of computers?



Paras: Another great question. Do you have lots of trains in New Zealand?

No there are not many trains here at all. None of the big cities have

anything like an underground or as many trains as you have in the UK. There

is one train track that goes from Auckland in the north to Wellington in the

south and I think that there may be a few other trains that take goods

around. There are also some in South Island but again not nearly as many as

there are in England. I think it is a shame. We went on a train ride that

took about eight hours from Auckland to a place called Levin which you can

find on your map. It was a long ride.



Fizza: Do the children like to play with jigsaws?

All of these are good questions and you all seem to have wonderful names.

New Zealanders love jigsaws and I do too. I just bought one that was of the

Houses of Parliament in Canada which is where I come from and it made me a

bit homesick. It is a cool puzzled tho and I find that nearly all the paper

shops and children's toy shops have them.



Beau: Is it rainy there?

Now Beau, you have to know that NZ is one of the rainiest places I have ever

lived in. In Ontario, Canda, we have lots of snow in the winter but we have

heavy thunder and rain in the summer but let me tell you that NZ has tons

and tons of rain. But you know what - I think we have to just put up with

it here as the trees and flowers, kiwi fruit and all the other wonderful

things that grow are all because of the rain as well as the sunshine. It

does also help us with our water supply as the rain fills our water tank,

lots of people in NZ use rain water for their washing and drinking.

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Here is another MARVIN presentation by Brent!

Isn't it just great?

After the video is loaded you can play it at full screen by clicking on the enlarge button. (2nd from the right)



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I like Tutpup and I am good at it. I have had one hundred and seven wins. I am fast at my eleven time tables . Thirty seven is my best score in one minute.

I have just started on my twelve times tables.

And I got eight. By Waere 25/11/08

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Dylan is painting the first coat on his spider. He has to leave some of the spider unpainted so that it will glow in the dark. Next week he will add the next coat of paint. Finally he will put on glaze.

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Here is a slide show from Pongakawa School's Grandparents' Day. I was invited to go along as Brent's "fake" Grandma. So here is Brent, and his friend Harry. There are slides of my lunch from Belgium! Brent brought it for me! Crab salad, to go on Baguettes, and Waffles! I was given a lovely gift box of fudge, and dried kiwifruit. The last slide is of Brent's art work.

Thanks Brent, for inviting me! I had a great time.



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Brent & castle



Brent has been constructing a tower following instructions, and using building cards.

Well done Brent!

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Award Courtesy adrianbruce.com



I have just been using Adrian Bruce's Blogging awards. Thanks Janet, for reminding me about them. There is a link on the left.

I have also printed out some excellent games from his website, and my students just love them!

Here are Malachai and Waere playing Gargoyle.



Yvonne

Malachai & Waere




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Puzzle



How many of the six classic children's books in this picture can you identify?



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I asked Mrs Goneau to explain how you could show the difference between a globe and a map using a grapefruit, and here is her reply!



Mrs. Nesladek showed us the difference between a globe and a map with a grapefruit by peeling it. Then she tried to flatten it, but it popped up. She said that sometimes a globe is better, because you can get a true picture of how the continents look. But if you try to flatten it, the picture is distorted. With a map, you can put it in your pocket and carry it with you! A globe is way too big. Some maps show us the roads and help us get around. A map and a globe are different in some ways, but both can help us out.

From Mrs. Goneau's Class



This message came through as a comment, but when I went to accept it, it said "No records found" so I have published this as an article.

Is anyone else having the same problem, and has anyone any ideas how to overcome it?



Yvonne

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Poihipi Here is a page that Poihipi and I did with Comic Life a few weeks ago. Poihipi dragged the photos over that he wanted. We talked about what to write, and I did that for him, then he typed his name in!

Well done Poihipi.



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Dylan has designed this spelling chart for his List 1 words. His goal is to get 100% and he hasn't got far to go has he?



Last week Brent introduced me to tutpup, a wonderful website where you can compete against other students all around the world at maths and spelling! Brent is working hard on his 10 x tables, and Waere is a bit of an expert at Algebra! Yonita is working on her addition and spelling.

Check out the link!



Mrs McGillan



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We have seventeen students in our class! We love to learn and have fun. How many kids are in your class? What does it look like in New Zealand? What kind of animals live in New Zealand? In Wisconsin, there are many different animals like horses, frogs, raccoons, rabbits, cats, dogs, a lot of deer, fish, skunks, beavers, owls, chipmunks, squirrels, mice, rats, bats, plenty of cows, and possums.

We like where we live!

Mrs. Goneau's Class



And here's a message for Brent...



Dear Brent,

We do not have bugs in our desks either=http://!! It was funny when you talked about bugs in your desk. Are you having fun living in New Zealand? From Mrs. Goneau's Class



These have come through to my email as comments, but aren't showing up as comment pending, it says no records found. I have decided to publish here...



Lots of questions for us to answer next week! And that's good!



Mrs McGillan



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Pita's postcard.

Today a postcard arrived from Pita. He is at Halswell Residential School in Christchurch.



His message read...



Hi Mrs McGillan. Thank you for sending me a postcard and the biscuits. My teachers Matua Taipari and Whaea Mihi said the biscuits were nice.

Arohanui Pita...



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I have just posted a link to the 9 times table using your fingers!

It's very quick!



Complete this puzzle by filling in the blanks.

Hint: trying times



m u l t i _ l i _ a t i _ n



t a b l e s





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Brent's Mum has put Brent's video onto his Blog, so do check it out!



There are two ways, you can click Brent's Video under Student entries on the left. Or else you can click on Super Seven on the right, click on Brent, and then go to Brent's Blog.



He has also published another article, so please read that too!



We'd love to read your comments...



Mrs McGillan



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Today Brent experimented with Comic Life and photos! It was fun, and I learnt heaps!





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Thanks Paula for your advice! I have made a presentation with Poihipi's photos, and was able to position them better, and also enlarge the speech bubbles.

Later Poihipi created his own page! He dragged over the photos he wanted, and told me what he wanted to write. Then he typed out his name. Fantastic!

Next step is to put his on our Blog! I need to be at his school to do that, so that should happen next week!







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Hi Brent

I was fiddling around with Comic Life this morning! It was great fun. However, I have come up with a few problems. When I drag my pictures in, they sometimes have the heads missing. How do I correct that? Also, when I wrote in the speech bubble, some of the words were only half written. Can I make the speech bubble bigger?

I hope that we will have some time on Monday, so that you can show me how to use the programme properly!



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This is a presentation Brent did last week with Comic Life. Didn't he do well?

He is waiting for a special game, read about it in his article, he also had a surprise comment from someone far away! A very special someone!

He is hoping to put a video on his blog soon, so I can't wait to see that!





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Brent enjoys a game of Fly Swat with his friend!

Today I had Poihipi using the Fly Swat to identify words, and he loved it!





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It is a gorgeous day here in Te Puke. We have just had morning tea on our patio, listening to the tuis in our flowering cherry.



Dyslexia



I am listening to a really informative CD from our SLST Conference, by Ros Lugg on Dyslexia. One thing she mentions that can help some dyslexics is printing worksheets in a font such as Comic Sans, enlarging the print, and printing on pastel paper. So, I have learnt how to do that in my blog! Ros also mentions that the British Dyslexia Assocation is a very good website for information. I have put a link on the left. I have received two handouts, Indications of Dyslexia, and Strategies for teaching dyslexic students from Ros. If you would like those, leave me a message and I can email them to you.



INTERFACE



A great magazine supporting the use of ICT in learning.  If you are a teacher at a primary or secondary school in New Zealand you can apply to recieve a FREE copy.



Just go to www.nz-interface.co.nz

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I have bought some fly swats, and I am going to play the game with Malachi today, so I'll let you know how it goes!



Well, we didn't have the opportunity to play, so I guess we'll play the game next week. Malachi listened to the School Journal Story Library CD Shine, about a College band Poetic Dynasty, that entered the Smokefree Pacifica Beats award in the Cokesmokefreerockquest, He really enjoyed it! He loves music, and he is in a school band that has been selected for "NZ You've Got talent!"



Then, I introduced him to MARVIN, and that too, was a hit!



 

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We had a great key note speaker at Conference, Jude Callaghan, from Canterbury University. I have put a link to resources she has given us! Take a look! Some great games. Waere and Cleveland are having a game of Numbers Up. Yesterday Waere had a very quick game 5 minutes, and he beat the computer! Well, the game has just finished and Waere was 2nd and Cleveland came 1st! !cid_45E9063DC1364D1C9E92B5A1B2FFBB04@your8abc512da0 !cid_306AC88008A94370908CD4E151639D2D@your8abc512da0 I taught Waere a new maths game, the "Quick and the Dead" then we went to Room 7 to show them how to play the game. The game is from the Maths Resources, and Fly Swat is also another one that sounds fun! Room 5 students at Te Puke Primary School are going to play some of the games and then will give you a report on what they think! Here are Jade and Bianca, Jade has made a hat with alpaca fibre inside, and Bianca has painted a picture for Mrs Ward. !cid_606F9B8B3C08469B9919D2A94E7F45A5@your8abc512da0

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Today Brent and I learned a new game called Double Trouble.

Brent beat me 3-0, and was pretty pleased with himself!

I'll beat you next time Brent!

Brent Double Trouble

He has written a new article, and posted a picture as well, you need to have a look...



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Yonita made this vase of flowers!

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On Monday Brent was introduced to MARVIN, and he took to it like a duck to water! The trial programme was installed on his home computer that night after school. He showed his Mum, Dad, and older brother Jonas how to use the programme. Brent and Jonas had lots of fun, and made a wonderful presentation their Mum said! So I am hoping that we will we able to download it into our Blog! Brent is going to show other students at his school how to use MARVIN.





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Today Bianca wrote...

Yarra and Yoko are both sick. They are five.

Alpaca visit

Alpacas have two toes.

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Bianca and Jade were introduced to MARVIN today and made a presentation about their Alpaca trip, and some Alpaca facts. It is going to be shown at Assembly!!cid_26EAE5449CD84079AD6C6326A994772C@your8abc512da0!cid_E91FB444A648494CBB15C5414B5DDE7A@your8abc512da0

Jade has made some fantastic things with the fibre Mrs Ward gave her, photos will be coming soon! She is also going to write some facts about Alpacas.

Then, I think I will make up a crossword about Alpacas, to see if you have learned anything!







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Jade & Bianca with BenJadeAlpaca visit

We had a great visit to Ward's Alpaca farm. The girls will have more photos and a report next week! Thank you Mrs Ward, you were wonderful!



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Well, I just have to tell you about my week. It has been truly amazing! Firstly, last Thurday I went to a course on MARVIN, and that was so much fun! I made a video clip about using avatars and animations, but unfortunately I haven't been able to embed it in my blog yet...okay, so I'm not such an expert after all...

Yesterday at school, I had 3 students begin using the programme, and we made a great start. I will take some photos, THAT I can do!

Then, on Saturday I headed to Christchurch for my Supplementary Learning Support Teachers' Conference. And THAT was something else! It was such an inspirational time. We had fantastic speakers and workshop presenters. And the hospitality was something else! Well done to the organising team!

THEN, just before I flew home I visited Pita at Halwell. His Villa welcomed me, and it was a priviledge to see him with his peers. He showed me around his Villa, and when I asked him what he enjoyed at school he said "Reading!" Isn't that great?

I am going to put links up about MARVIN and Conference... so tune in again soon!

Thank you Judith, for meeting me at Wellington Airport, and Jeanette and Murray for your warm hospitality.

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I am enjoying some knitting in the holidays.

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I have made the two little bags for my granddaughters, I will send them up with $2 in! They are 9cm square and very cute! I have knitted two wee jerseys with Op Shop wool, they will go back to the Op Shop for sale! They are for a 6 month old baby.

I forgot to tell you, Bianca is going to visit an alpaca farm next term. She is taking a friend, so we are looking forward to a great day out! We haven't been able to find any books about alpacas, so may have to write our own!

Hope the holidays are going well for you all!

Mrs McGillan

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Well, I just have to tell you how our term has finished with our Reading! Dylan is on Level 5, Yonita and Waere both got to Level 20, and Brent is reading at Level 29!

Are we fantastic readers?

Yes we are!

We are using the Fernald system of spelling wth fantastic results!

Everyone has done well, Dylan got 14/22 for List 1 this week!

We are finishing the term with computer time as a reward for fantastic work.

Waere played Numbers Up with Cleveland as his reward. He had a game with Jimmy too!

Happy Holidays everyone!



Mrs McGillan



P.S. I am going to a cool computer session in the holidays learning about Avatars!

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Here is Dylan's Spelling Chart that he designed! I put in the table but he did the rest! He is working really hard on his spelling. Last week he got 6/22 for List 1, this week he got 13/22.

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And Brent created this crossword, using vocabulary from his School Journal Library Story "Shine".

Fantastic work boys!

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Waere has moved to Level 19, isn't that just terrific! He has designed his own Reading Chart too.

Yonita is on Level 20, and I think she is almost ready to move on. I'll let you know when she does!

Breaking News! You need to read Waere's comment to this article...







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I just need to let you know of all the great successes we are having!

Brent is just absolutely speeding away with his reading- he is now on Level 26! He has designed his own new chart! I am going to have him as my Computer Advisor, I think I will get him to create the next ones we need!Brent's reading

Waere has moved to Level 18, that was his goal for the term! And we still have 6 weeks to go!

Dylan was on Level 2, and he wanted to get to Level 5, he is already at Level 4, so I am just so delighted!

And Poihipi, who is 6 is now reading 1-1 and that is so fantastic too!

Yonita has moved to Level 20! Way to go Yonita!

And Bianca is also going well, I am planning a mystery trip for her and a friend the last week of term! It will be really exciting!

At the Intermediate Malachi is going to be using StoryMaker soon, so we will tell you how that goes.



Mrs McGillan



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For Mother's Day we decorated pot plants and wrote a card for our Mothers.

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Here we are with our Mother's Day gifts.





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This term we are all going to try hard to move up levels with our Reading.

Guess what! Waere started the term on Level 14, and now he is on Level 16.

Isn't that amazing?

Well done Waere.

And today, May 7 it is his birthday.

He is now 10!

Happy Birthday Waere!





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Dylan has been learning all about 10. We went outside to find how many 10s we could find. We found heaps!





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Okay! Here are our new Reading Logs.

I hope they will inspire Yonita and Brent!



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We are very keen readers in the Super Sevens. Today Waere moved from Level 13 to Level 14. Good on you Waere!

And Yonita has just moved from Level 18 to Level 19.

Congratulations Yonita!

Her sticker chart only goes to Level 18, so guess what, I have to make a new chart!

Brent is reading at Level 20. So he is doing really well too.

Isn't that great news?





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Today Yonita had her special lunch. She and 2 friends had lunch with me in a lovely outdoor courtyard at the end of the library.

It was fantastic!



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I told you it was gigantic!



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Here is Waere celebrating joining the Hundred's Club with his special lunch!



Yonita was meant to join us too, but unfortunately she went home sick.



Tomorrow Brent will get his reward for joining the Hundred's Club. He has been given a very large certificate as well, so we are going to see a photo with him holding that!

Apparantly it is HUGE!







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I thought you might enjoy this "translation" puzzle from my Cranium Page a day Diary!



Identify the following Dr. Seuss books:



1.A particular pachyderm auditorily ascertains an interrogative pronoun

2.The stovepipe contains the furry house pet

3.Inexperienced ova accompanied by a cut of pork







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Today Waere got 100 words so he has joined the Hundreds Club.

Well done Waere!



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You've made it!



Congratulations Brent and Yonita.

You are now members of the Hundreds Club!



We won't stop there, we will keep on learning new and interesting words.



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Today Brent joined the Hundred's Club! He got 100 words!



Well done Brent!



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Today Yonita wrote 116 words, so she has joined the Hundreds Club.

She is going to have lunch next week with me in my office. I will bring a tablecloth to make the table look special.

She is going to buy her lunch at the canteen. I am paying!

Good on you Yonita!



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I hope you are all having a very happy Easter!



Well, last week no one got to 100 for the Hundreds Club, so I didn't have to shout lunch!



However, I think next week will be a different story!



Brent uses the Fingerspelt Alphabet to get his message across (it's a sign language) so my goal this Easter is to learn it.



Our best Hundreds Club Scores so far are:



Brent 97

Waere 95

Yonita 91







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Yonita's graph



Way to go Yonita!



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This newspaper was created by the Wizard Newspaper Generator site.... saved- uploaded to Flckr- HTML copied and pasted into this article.

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graph.14 March



Well, here are this week's results! I am shouting lunch when anyone gets to 100, so I better start saving!



I am delighted to say that I have learned how to get my Flickr photos onto our blog.



My next project is to post more Hundreds Club graphs, and some photos too.





Dylan's graph



Brent's latest graph



Malachi's graph

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BubbleShare: Share photos - green toy news





Here are our latest results for our Hundred's Club!



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BubbleShare: Share photos - Play some Online Games.



We have been working on joining the Hundred's Club. That means you can write a hundred words correctly in 10 minutes, with no help!

This week, on his first attempt, Brent got 77!

Yonita is now on 77 too, and Waere got 75, so I wonder who will get to 100 first!

It has been exciting seeing them graph their results, and I am going to share their graphs with you.



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Brent has written his first article for 2008. He has written about a mage, and groms. Do you know what they are? You will have to read his article to find out!

I didn't know!



Mrs McGillan



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Our 4 day tramp around Lake Waikaremoana was a wonderful experience! Challenges, glorious scenery, great company!



.... Put one in front,

...Then put the other.

...Same old way

...I learned from my mother



......................Rex Fairburn



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Last Sunday we went up Demeter Road again, to the "crossroads" and headed towards Otanewainuku. Quite tough! It was really exciting getting glimpses of our place. We tramped for 7 hours! And felt pretty good afterwards!

On Tuesday after Tai Chi I went up the Papamoa Hills. It was extremely hot, I had my pack, and it took 40 minutes to get to the summit! Lots of huffing and puffing and mini stops to look at the views!













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Well, it's almost a real slide show! On Sunday Ted and I went up Demeter Road and tramped for almost 5 hours, with our packs on, half full!

The second slide is of a kauri tree that has been planted in a clearing on the track Ted was trying to get a close-up of a grasshopper, but it didn't quite work!

On Monday I spent a day with my good friend Judith. We spent time with Nicki, who does the most amazing art and craft stuff. I wish I had taken photos! Next time!



If you can't see the slide show just double click the x in the top right hand corner, that seems to activate things!

This time I downloaded smaller files and that was much quicker. I am trying different presentations.







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Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas!

And may 2008 be filled with exciting adventures and unexpected joy!



We are going to walk around Lake Waikaremoana late January, so that is something to look forward to!







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At Te Puke Intermediate school on Fridays the students have Choice singing, where they choose to stay and sing after assembly. It is absolutely fabulous... Today they had a countdown of their Top Ten...and here it is!

1 being the tops!



1.Eye of the Tiger

2.Dianna

3.Country Roads

4.Snoopy's Christmas

5.Sunday Morning

6.Karma Chameleon

7.Old McDonald

8.Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

9.YMCA

10.April Sun In Cuba



Dianna has been top for quite a few years so it was a surprise when she was toppled today!



What are your favourite Christmas songs of the moment?

My favourites are Joy to the World, O Holy Night, Silent Night by Stevie Nix, and Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues...





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Next week on Tuesday I am going to be doing a Christmas activity with Dylan's class. They are Year 3-4. I will have a small group at a time, and will have them for 20 minutes. Have you any great ideas for me? I'd love to hear them!



On Monday I had a meeting with the other 3 Supplementary Learning Support Teachers in our area. Harriet, Marjorie, and Miriam. It was fantastic! I learnt so much. I rushed out immediately and bought some new educational toys, and we have been having fun with them!



Today a copy of The Woven Flax Kete" is heading off to Mar in Holland. She hasn't been able to find anything about it over there, so I thought she needed to see the book!



My grandchildren are getting their own copies in a woven flax kete, for Christmas!



Do check out Nan's link on the left, there is some beautiful singing...



And finally, thanks Nicki, June, Harriet and Judith for your Christmas ideas!

Check the comments to see them...



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Today Angie Belcher signed copies of her book "The Woven Flax Kete" for me! They are Christmas gifts for my grandchildren.

I heard the story a few Sundays ago on the National Programme, and just had to get copies for myself! It was very exciting to learn that the author is none other that Angie Belcher, who teaches at Te Puke Intermediate.

The story is about a young boy going to camp in the Whirinaki Forest. His nanny gives him an old woven flax kete to gather treasures.

It's a delightful story about values.



Yonita is going to camp on Monday, and the Senior Syndicate are going to read the story to their classes tomorrow!



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Today Bianca and Malachi read their comments, but haven't replied.

Bianca said that there was only one lake at Taupo, and she went on the High Ropes! Sounds like everone had an amazing time on camp! Check out the Rock 'n' Ropes link.

I won't see them again until December 10, so you won't hear from them until then.







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Yonita and Dylan have joined us now!

We're all aboard!

Check out what they have to say.



Yesterday Meroiti and Pita had a Connect 4 competition, you will have to read Pita's blog to see who won!

And do you want to know who was Supreme Champion yesterday!

Go on, ask me!



Richard is having his last day with me next Tuesday, and Friday is his last day at High School! So if you want to send him a message please do so. I am going to his farewell on Friday, so will tell you all about that.



Bianca has been at camp this week, I hope she had a great time!







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We have been busy making Advent Calendars. You can see them on the right of our page.





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Today Richard told us of something really exciting that is happening for him next year! Apart from going to Poly Tech.



You will need to read his blog to find out what it is.....





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Well, here you go! Here is Malachi showing us how to stomp! Thanks Malachi, you're a star!













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We have gone International! Whoopee!



From Budgie, a friend of mine in Australia...



Dear Yvonne, what a wonderful way to teach the students how to communicate on the Internet. Congratulations to Richard. I wish him well for the future and success in his adult life. I will pop in and see what all the other students have written in their blogs whenever I have a little spare time. Hugs and smiles to all, Budgie



and from Mar, a friend in Holland...



What a great group of students you have, teacher! Super 7 sounds like just the right name. I enjoyed looking through the blogs and reading about you. Richard, I like computers too. Malachi, I tried to follow your instructions to stomp, but it is quite difficult for me. Brent, I also like games, but I think they are different from your games. The one about helping people I think I will like. Pita, I am not good at ball games. But I like reading, solving crosswords and sudoku puzzles, and scrabble and connect 4. Well, I wish you many more happy hours with your teacher, and keep on blogging. Mar



Mar, Malachi is great at stomping, I am thinking of posting a video, when I learn how to do it! The next few moves are really too tricky to write about! Everyone enjoys Connect 4, and we play Guess Who as well.

Mrs McGillan





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This morning I was at Te Ranga, where they were having their "Wheels Day"



Motorbikes, a pennyfarthing, go-karts...

Wheels galore!



Then off to Pongakawa, for Grandparents' Day!

Brent was there with his "Grandma".

I went as "Grandma" for the day for Jack, his grandparents are all in England. Thanks Jack for inviting me. It was a wonderful day. I especially enjoyed all the singing and music.

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On Thursday Pita joined us with his first blog.



We went to "World of Maths" too, a hands-on Roadshow!

Lots of fun!







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Today Richard started his blog. This is his last year at High School, and he is off to an exciting new adventure next year! Read about it in his blog!



I have been asked who the artist is of the stained glass window on the left! It comes from my wonderful Pongakawa Room 4 class of a few years back! Joanne was the artist, she is in Brent's class this year. Keep your eyes peeled there will be something from the Super Seven soon!





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Article posted November 9, 2007 at 06:00 AM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 56

This week Richard achieved his Unit Standard Demonstrate functional knowledge of measuring time. This means he now has 10 maths credits towards his NZQA National Certificate in Work and Community Studies (Supported Learning).

So congratulations Richard!

I think I should present him with a certificate next week!



And it doesn't stop there! We have learnt that Pita's application for Halswell Residential College in Christchurch has been successful! So that is wonderful news! Thank you to Barbara Kelly RTLB who worked tirelessly on Pita's application!

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Brent and Malachi have done their fist blogs, so do pop in to see what they have written.



How do you think they are going?





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Richard and I have been working with clocks, learning to tell the time.









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Welcome!



I am excited about blogging! I am learning about this with the intention of using this tool with my students next year.

Happy days ahead!





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