We know this may be a difficult time for many of you. It may feel stressful, knowing your children are going to be at home and out of their normal routines for a number of weeks. The best thing you can do as a parent to support your children is be present - spend time with them, engage with them, talk to them and communicate with them.
Early childhood education isn't about fancy resources, it's about love, time and guidance, and about creating learning opportunities out of everyday experiences.
To help, we've pulled together a selection of resources which you may find useful for using with your tamariki.
The Ministry of Education is also currently developing new resources that will include:
- Practical activities - tip sheets, conversation starters
- Wellbeing guidance - dealing with challenging conversations, where to go for help
- Resources for parents and whānau - building partnerships about learning
These resources will be available on the Ministry of Education's Learning from Home website as soon as they are available.
If you have any suggestions for additional resources, websites, information or ideas, please contact us and let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
Here are a selection of Te Reo waiata, both with audio (mp3s) and words to sing along to.
Rewena Paraoa is a traditional Maori bread made with the use of rewa (potato) which gives bread firm texture.
Check out the recipe here.
Give this delicious golden syrup damper recipe a try!
All you need is a potato, water, flour and sugar.
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
Cuddling up, playing games, having fun together – these are the moments that make the most precious memories. And it’s also in everyday moments like these that your child’s communication can really blossom.
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Quick and easy fry bread recipe for you to make at home with your tamariki.
You can listen to a free daily David Walliams audio story online - read by none other than the author himself!
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