Tracking children’s learning progress through thoughtfully written Learning Stories, enables that ‘golden’ thread’ to be woven through a child’s portfolio. This means sharing these with colleagues and enabling rich stories to be written from multiple perspectives.

This series of Learning Stories has been generously offered as an example of building children’s identities as learners over time by, in the first instance, Brielle, her whānau and the teachers who have contributed to her portfolio. Brielle has 83 Learning Stories in her folder, written from infancy to when she started school, approximately 4.5 years so this is just a small window into the power of Learning Stories to grow children’s identities of themselves as life long learners, firmly embedded in Te Whāriki Principles and Strands, and for families and teachers to build a partnership in this learning process. 


Extraordinarily competent, immensely confident...

Brielle, when you choose to create something, you do it with a big heart! Brielle, it is hard not to notice how you set your mind to creating, and then do this with a big focus that keeps your attention for a very long time. We have seen, over and over, how you have loved to wrap up presents you have made, and then keep them close to your heart through the rest of the day. What I notice now is that this creative expression, driven so often by empathy and kindness, has turned itself into ‘art plus technology’ and the results are dramatic! Click to read more....


It's a fashion extravaganza!

Lily and Brielle rarely (if ever!) spend a day at Greerton without showing me a marvellous creation that they have made. As the days have ticked by, the creations have become more intricate, more effort invested into them, and the variety of materials used have been extensive. So, really it was a natural progression to see the two of them creating these fabulous costumes in the photos below. The power of learning to tie their own knots has extended the breadth of these creations, as they can now test and trial their ideas independently. Magical! Click to read more....