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Junior Room - Children aged 3 months to 2.5 years old

Your teachers for the junior room are:
  • Jo 
  • Emily
  • Alison
  • Olivia
  • Erin

Exploring the books

James you love to explore your surroundings when you are with us at Akoranga. Your favourite place seems to be outside so whenever the weather allows we wrap you up warm and we head outside to investigate.

There was a comfy reading area set up today so we sat down and you leaned forward to reach a book. You were very interested in how the book worked. You managed to open it out flat so that you could feel some of the pages.

You did try to taste the book but I think it was just a little bit to difficult for you to reach it with your mouth.

At one point you dropped your book but you hadn't finished investigating yet so you managed to manoeuvre yourself around to reach it again. Then you found another book! this one was also full of colours for you to look at. 

James, you are very keen to explore at the moment and I don't think it will be long before you are able to move your body around a bit more to reach the things you are so keen to look at. We will continue to provide interesting resources for you to explore and make new discoveries about.


Having a Go - Working out the art of Weaving

  • Children will develop and see themselves as competent, confident learners, with confidence in using a variety of strategies for exploring, problem solving, experimenting, and playing around with ideas.

  • Children experience an environment where they develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical, and material worlds. 

This morning Paul there was something different in the environment, something that you hadn't had a turn at yet. I really love watching you in this environment, watching you make little discoveries about how you will learn and what you will learn. Your journey has lead you through many challenges and when it came to weaving I was left wondering how you would approach this and had you seen other children do this earlier in the morning.

Paul, you are not one for standing back, but this morning you did that for a wee bit looking at the frame and what would happen when you started to add the flax.  "Paul are you going to weave some flax in the holes" I ask you. "Yip" has been your go to answer for things when asked.

My goodness Paul, you worked through the theories of trialing this process, the placement of the flax was important to you at first and I think you had a plan as when it did go in the wrong hole you removed it and replaced it. 

Paul, I really admire your determination at tasks so watching you at this was a real delight.  The look on your face when you managed to get the flax to stay in the holes was a delight to observe.  Paul in true Paul style you also celebrated the success of your peers as each one of them managed to help you build the flax around the weaving tunnel.  I am planning on more of these types of activities where you have to think and plan how this will look, thinking about the end result and how will you manage to get there.


Children develop: the ability to inquire, research, explore, generate, and modify their own working theories.


The sustained focus and problem solving without adult interference was a real delight to watch you in Paul.  

You worked on the theory of

"How do I"............  achieve the set task

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