Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

New Zealand is a Multicultural, Multilingual nation.  One of our official languages is Te Reo Maori.
Last week was Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language week).  As part of our learning we practised our pronunciation of New Zealand place names.
We live in Manukau, which is pronounced Mah-noo-ko(like go).  Miss E is from Taupo, (Toe-paw), and New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa - A-oh-te-ah-row-ah.

Did you know that the longest place name in the entire world can be found in New Zealand?  Try saying this
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu ten times fast!  Actually just try saying it once at normal speed!  Check out what wikipedia has to say about it!

Mrs Z sorted out an art project for the kids to do, based on the Maori shape the Koru.  It comes from the fern plant that is native to New Zealand.

In Maori culture, the koru represents life, and is used in art to represent different stories.  Take a look at some of the art we did below.  This art was done on white printer paper, using oil pastels.
Rules - No white was to be left on your page, you have to use the Koru shape in some way on your art.

The way we managed 48 kids in a rather small space? - We sat the kids in table groups and gave each group the paper they needed, and also gave them their own box of pastels.  There was NO need at all for them to get up, and because it was art time, very little need for them to be talking.  

Until next time - Keep it E-Z!

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