Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday 8th Dec

Next Generation was very busy today with business everywhere. In the art room the children painted and painted....upstairs we played games, played tricks on the teachers. Outside we made necklaces, got very wet, hammered and hammered and played in the little rain we had. WHAT will happen tomorrow?????

Party Time...... thats whats happening....see you all tomorrow from 6 to 8pm with your gorgeous children.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Getting Ready for Christmas

Today has been a great day at Next Generation.......we have sang many christmas songs and listened to many as well. The sun has been out all day so we have had lots of water play and sun block necessary.In the art room we did some christmas sponge shapes and sellotaping every where.Leo enjoyed playing with Bailey and Jordan.Tristan enjoyed exploring with pipes and water.Arni played with Marcus Rodil.
We look forward to another exciting day tomorrow.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hi from Maree

Hi Everybody, Jes and I are having an exciting time in LA. The conference has been much more worth while than I expected. We are buzzing with ideas and the trade fair is amazing. Most of it we see at home these days so I don't feel deprived. I am in an exciting workshop about using wikis, but the draw of the free internet was too strong to resist.
We came two days early and we went to Disneyland on Halloween, I loved seeing everyone all dressed up, whole families as pirates and Buz Lightyear, the list goes on. Jes made me go on the Space Mountain ride. I hate rollor coasters, but it was done up especially for halloween, so lots of monsters jumping out. I hope you had a great Guy Fawkes, Its great to be able to see everyone on the blog, I always get homesick after a few days.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Next Generation at Ulearn10

http://www.core-ed.org/ulearn/what-were-you-thinking

Friday, October 1, 2010

Obstacle Courses inside & Buddy


Newsletter 1st October 2010

1st October 2010

Dear Parents

I guess everyone is like us and looking forward to warmer weather. It seems to have been winter forever.
We have had two new babies arrive since our last newsletter, Laila has a new sister Livia and Ethan Ring also has a new sister Mikayla. Congratulations.

Louise, Maddie, Jes and I are off to Ulearn10, a large conference in Christchurch next week. Louise and I are presenting on Transition to School and Jes and Maddie are presenting on ways to use ICT with Infants. It’s all very exciting, I hope the earthquake tremors are over.

The Commonwealth Games are also about to start, it seems to be off to a very bad start, but we would love pictures from the paper etc to add to our news wall, some of the coverage is on during centre time so we may be able to watch some of it live. These world events are a great time to scrub up on our national anthem and patriotism.

We are also having changes at the over two centre, Rachel is finishing on the 12th of October. We have enjoyed having Rachel at Next Gen, her children have been a part of the centre and husband Ernie has been great help with the barbeques, we wish her well for the future.

Could I ask you all to check that lost property basket, it is overflowing with unnamed clothing.

I have had a few emails asking about closing times at Christmas, as usual we will close at 3pm on the 24th of December, but will be open on 29th, 30 and 31st, but you will not be charged if you are absent during these three days. We will then be reopen for normal business on the 5th of January 2011.
I will ask you for attendance plans closer to Christmas.

Our Christmas Party date has not been set yet, I will confirm that soon.

I need some sunshine before I can think about Christmas.

Maree xxx

Motat Visits Next Generation


We have been extremly lucky to have Antoaneta and Frazer from Motat visit with us this week. They brought in all sorts of amazing robots which the children and teachers all loved. Since the visit the children have been talking, playing and building robots non stop. Keep waching this blogspot to see more exciting robot adventures! Have a look at some of the cool robots on this video clip and check out some of the other exciting things happening at Motat.





Thanks to all at Next generation who supported Alsha and I In the Relay for Life.We had a great time.

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Lincoln's Last Day.....

Today was Lincoln's last day at Next Generation. Lincoln we will miss your smiling face and your cheery 'hello.' You weren't at the over 2's centre for long but you settled in really well and knew all the children's and teachers names.
Please come back and visit us when your new baby arrives.

Love from all the children and teachers at Next Generation.

Monday, September 27, 2010

27th September 2007

Today was Lukes first day at Next Generation. He enjoyed watching the fish and the frog. We decided to clean the tanks today, so the children helped with this. We have also had the proscope out looking at our hands and also a blue ladybug that we found. The children had fun with water play today, since we had such a fine day :)










Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday 24th September.

Today at Next Generation we had an awesome day with many exciting things happening. The sun was finally out so we were able to go outside for most of the day. There were many cool things to look at for show and tell......like Nathan brought in a typewriter for us to look at.....not many childern had seen one of them. In the art room we made purple playdough and painted gorgeous pictures with water colour. outside we biked and enjoyed being outside. We had hot chips for afternoon tea....thanks Jeremy for going to get them.
For those of you that are on school holidays...have a great time with family and we will see you when you return.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday 14th September

Today we skyped with Alex who is in the United Kingdom! We are going to skype with her again tomorrow morning! We have been following Alex's travels through her blog page and we are now all looking forward to talking to her. Today Gabriel had his first day with us at the over 2's centre. Welcome to you Gabe and your family! We are sure that you will have lots of fun playing and learning alongside all of your new friends at Next Generation.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Ayu uses google earth to show us her home.

This morning our wonderful student Ayu used Google Earth on our big screen to show us her country, her hometown and even her house! Ayu then took us on a journey around the world to Auckland, New Zealand. We love using Google Earth to visit places of interest. Where do you think we should visit next?

Monday, September 6, 2010

We Learn Sign Language

Today we watched some of our favourite stories on the big screen but these stories were different! The stories we watched and listened to were also being read in sign language! Have a look at this fantastic site: http://www.signedstories.com
We would love to hear from you if you have any child friendly sites to share with us!