Nor West News : March 24th 2011
9 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 24, 2011 NEWS Modern teaching practices combined with the best of Montessori tradition where fun and learning collide montessorip p 412 9885 Give your kids a flying start NOW OPEN! • Kumeu s most modern purpose built early education centre •OpenMontoFri--7am--6pm • Full days and School days offered •Ages3mthsto5yrs • Superior child to teacher ratios 7 WOOKEY LANE, KUMEU T: (09) 412 8081 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.playschool.co.nz Phone 09 412 8055 www.countrybears.co.nz Privately owned and operated by the same qualified teacher since Feb 1993 Proud to be a valued member of this community Our Baby and Junior Bears teachers provide a nurturing, responsive, educational environment for children aged from 2 to 30 months. We look forward to showing you what we have to offer you and your child at Country Bears. A good beginning lasts a life time Baby Bears Centre 3444076AD & Adv Feature Infants toddlers Sports Injuries -- Spinal Manipulation -- Acupuncture 325 State Highway 16, Huapai. Open Mon to Sat. Ph 412 9063 YO U R premier physical performance partner" Ph 09 420 7002 or Freephone: 0508 435 763 Post-natal and General Home Help For families with children 0 -- 5 years old We can play with the children, mind your baby so you can catch up on sleep, make dinner, do the laundry, vacuum ---whatever makes the day that much easier and brighter for you. The service is easy to book, flexible and free of charge to you 3485816AB Exhibition with variety Visitors to the art centre in Helensville are thriving in variety. The latest 3 For All exhibition features 25 artists with 73 works Centre co-ordinator Pauline Mee says the idea was to give everyone a chance to be in an exhi- bition. I never expected such a massive response -- it was certainly a challenge to place such different styles of work together. The people s choice, where visitors vote for their favourite piece, has shown diverse appreci- ation. While they re looking around I sometimes ask if they can pick out the work of the blind artist or the visually impaired photographer, Ms Mee says. Linda Stephenson s piece Through The Lat- tice symbolises the walls or lattices of people s lives; Marion Taylor s painting Amazon Mother & Child could have sold three times over by the end of the first day and Pauline Jayne Thomas showing I m New Here features everything from resin budgies to tiny por- celain clay pendants to sculptural and relief pieces with coral and fence posts. There is even a nom- de-plume piece of bud- gerigar which are cur- rently the most popular at the exhibition. Check out the display at Karaka St until March 28. It is open 10am to 3pm Saturday to Monday. In April, Art Kaipara s new exhibition will be at the centre with anyone interested in all forms of visual arts welcome to join the group. The Fabric of Art is planned for May, with a knitted graffiti workshop likely to be run as part of this exhibition. We re already invit- ing artists to participate but welcome inquiries from anyone working in a fabric based medium, Ms Mee says. In June, centre has been asked to hold an exhibition as part of Auckland s Festival of Photography. The art centre will soon open a new artshop in its gallery space. Contact Pauline Mee on 021-158-6859 or email admins.artcentre@ gmail.com. Funds available for groups Charities and com- munity groups from the nor-west can get their applications into The SkyCity Auckland Com- munity Trust by March 25.The online process is quicker and easier for groups applying for a grant. This year is going to be an especially hard one for charitable organis- ations and community groups as the country strives to give as much as they can to Christ- church who has had two terrible events in the last six months, new chair- man Arthur Loo says. We are delighted to have these funds avail- able and are especially interested in assisting community projects that focus on making a posi- tive difference in the region and contribute to the areas of health, com- munity welfare, cultural diversity and life skills programmes. New trustee Vivien Bridgwater has held the position of general man- ager of University Relations and Advance- ment at the Auckland University of Technology since 2000 with a broad media background having worked in film, television and radio. Of Ngati Whatua descent, she has a strong commitment to Maori, education and youth. View: www.skycity auckland.co.nz. What's in a song? Baa-baa black sheep, Twinkle twinkle little star -- these songs have been around for a long long time and we wonder if their creators realised the significance of what these songs achieve. Language sounds lay the foundation for both the spoken and written word. Singing nursery rhymes and playing games that involve the use of sounds are vital in speech development, helping children develop an awareness of speech sounds, listening and speaking skills. Once you get used to stressing the early devel- oping sounds such as p, b,t,d,k,gandm,you ll begin to notice them in many other songs and nursery rhymes. Be aware of these sounds and stress them when speaking to your child, often allowing him/ her to look at your face while listening. Be a good speech model, and you will help your child have excellent speech and language skills! There are plenty of CDs available too, and playing them in the car can be a perfect time to sing some songs. The team at Gumboots Early Learning Centre create activities and strategies that give chil- dren all the stimulation, positive role modeling and sound experiences that they need. Not all children develop at the same rate. Monitoring their prog- ress in the early days and early intervention can help make huge progress. There is lots of documented evidence that strong speech capa- bilities can be a vital tool when it comes to early and successful reading and writing skills. To contact Gumboots Early Learning Centre for further information, phone 411-9038, email email@example.com or visit the website: www.gumboots.ac.nz.
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