Projects, Research and Articles - The Magic that Drives Us
At Magic Garden we use documentation to capture the magic of our children's learning. Children can see their work valued in our photos, parents/whãnau can read about their child's learning, and teachers explore how to gather the amazing insights with documentation.
At Magic Garden we place a strong emphasis on ongoing professional development with all our teachers. This drives our programmes, enables teachers to complete their teacher registration at a quality level, and connects the three centres with understandings of Reggio Emilia, Magda Gerber/RIE™, and Te Whāriki, our early childhood curriculum.
As you browse through the following links you will find evidence of our commitment to excellence. You will catch a glimpse of our relationships in action, our learning environments, and some of our documentation and project work.
In 2012 our Over Two Centre completed a project focusing on exploring 'white'. Click on the following link to view our documentation of the children's learning.
White on White Project
In 2015 the first of a series of picture books featuring the adventures of Pooky was created. Click on the following link to see more.
Pooky and the Leaking Roof
In 2016 the second of a series of picture books featuring the adventures of Pooky was created. Click on the following link to see more.
Pooky and the Kapa Haka Group
In 2017 the third of a series of picture books featuring the adventures of Pooky was created. Click on the following link to see more.
In 2017 our Infant and Toddler Centre teachers completed a project exploring how children are 'Born Researchers'. Click on the following link to view our documentation about this.
In 2017 our Over Three Centre teachers and children explored the idea of using worry dolls as a way of coping with feelings. Click on the following link to view their work.
Worry Dolls Project
In 2017 our Over Two Centre teachers and children explored perspectives of colour and form. Click on the following link to view their documentation about this.
The following are articles that we want to share with parents/whãnau because they contain valuable reading for those who care for children from day to day. We use these articles at Magic Garden to support our thinking and practices.
Discipline without Shouting, Force or Fluster by John Cowan (2011, Parents Inc.)
Destination Browns Bay article about our Kapa Haka Group (2014)
Torbay News article about the history of Magic Garden (2014)
"M" is for Monkeybars: Getting Ready for Writing by Gill Connell (2017, Moving Smart)
He Mãpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning - Ministry of Education (2019)