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Mocha-Peanut Fudge to Mooloo



Dairy-free dark chocolate, soy condensed milk, Olivani (dairy-free margarine), instant coffee powder, & peanuts. Yum! I first came across this recipe when looking for ideas for Zaedyn’s birthday back in April. The photo above is from his Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party. I made it again Thursday night, and I think that this rich soft fudge is very yummy. Vegan or not, most people seem to enjoy it. Check out Angel Food for the recipe and other vegan products.

So why did I decide to make this mocha-peanut fudge again? Zaedyn and I wanted to share something yummy with our friends on our last day at our early childcare centre. I have worked with some amazing teachers over the past four years, met some lovely families, & have enjoyed my days playing, teaching, and learning from tamariki. I started out working with toddlers 18 months to around 3 1/2 year olds and began working with infants 3 months to 18 months when returning from maternity leave. Although I will not be working at the centre anymore, my passion for teaching has definitely not ended. I look forward to spending more time with Zaedyn at home and will continue to share my research, knowledge, and development on learning.

Thank you so much for all of our lovely gifts. Below are some photos as well as a lovely bowl that will be very useful in our kitchen and a creative painting for Zaedyn from his friends. We love and appreciate them all. We also look forward to finding a place to plant our feijoa tree. Can’t wait until we can eat our home grown feijoas!

FeijoasWith a very busy week, we enjoyed an evening out in Hamilton to watch the rugby. Waikato played Hawke’s Bay at Waikato stadium, winning 28-3 to retain the Ranfurly Shield. Zaedyn spent the game giving cheeky smiles to everyone around us, looking around for the noise of the cow bells, and watching Mooloo. He also thought that he could get some iPhones by looking at his new friends behind us and saying “ta”.

In Zaedyn’s eyes, Mooloo was the highlight of the game. He was constantly pointing him out and even learned some dance moves from him. Toward the end, we made our way down so that Zaedyn could see Mooloo. By now, the rain had washed some of Mooloo’s face paint off. He came over to see Zaedyn, but Zaedyn actually decided that he was a bit uncertain about this cow now that he was in front of him. Luckily Dad knew that a high five would change things. David said, “high-five” to Zaedyn, and of course he couldn’t resist that. I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of the boys in their Waikato gear. Then we made our way back to the top as the game was just about over. We found David’s brother, the Waikato technical analyst, in the coach’s box. Zaedyn wanted to tell Mark about Mooloo as he pointed out to him. I definitely think Zaedyn loved Mooloo more than the rugby!

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Zaedyn was part of the Educational Leadership Project Seminar

“There are many transition moments in a day. Some are the big ones like settling into a new centre. Others involve children moving from play to care moments like lunch or sleep. It is the way teachers invite children into these experiences that says so much about teacher intentions, values, abilities and skills. This seminar looks at wise practice around transitions, from those first steps through the doors, to transition to school and those moments between. Relationships are the key here and we consider how we ensure children are listened to, families are supported and respectful, responsive engagements are embedded in our moment by moment practice.”

This is what I attended this afternoon along with a few other teachers from around the Waikato region. A seminar about transitions from the Educational Leadership Project (ELP), and Zaedyn Tai was projected onto the screen freely playing with gloop and then paint on the next slide. My face lit up with a smile when I saw him up there. Carol Marks, an ELP facilitator, has been joining our centre meetings to support us through in-centre professional development as well. Currently supporting us through social competence, she looked through some of our profile books and gave me positive feedback around the affording environment provided through the fun and delight of paint experiences and thinking about the learning analysis around Zaedyn’s interest, experimenting, and creativity through paint. Of course I was thrilled and happy to send some photos through to her when she asked for permission to use them in her seminars, and I was even more excited to see them being used today.

From both a teacher and mother’s perspective, I can reflect positively on some of the experiences that I have provided for Zaedyn, recognising and noticing opportunities to extend his interests and encourage his sense of curiosity. Through this ongoing professional development with ELP and their Inspiration Day that was held in Hamilton back in June, I feel strongly supported within the professional community toward some of my goals and ideas within my teaching practice and the way I strive to enable tamariki to be curious explorers within their environment. ELP’s big focus has been around improvement and innovation, and I have been told by a few that I have been very strong in demonstrating this.

For those of you who don’t know, I previously worked with Toddlers from 18 months to around 3 1/2 years and returned to work from maternity leave to teach 3 month to 18 month old infants. What a huge transition this has been for me. Although there has been mixed thoughts and a lot of reflections through uncertainty, it is times like these where reassurance about my practice including experimenting new approaches motivates me to continue teaching. There are many different ways of doing things, but at this time I feel confident with the goals that I am working toward achieving. Thank you to all of those who continue to challenge and support me, especially you little ones who make me question, innovate, and allow me to make observations in order to support your ongoing learning. My teaching practice revolves around you :).

Besides making me think and reflect upon my own personal transition and teaching practice, this seminar was very thought provoking in the way we respond to children’s needs and support them daily. I love the idea about their mauri life force and being in a state of balance. As teachers and parents it is important that we develop relationships where we respond to children’s needs and are flexible as they learn who they are and make sense of their world. Let children play and explore.