A new resource to help early childhood teachers better implement te reo in their centres has been launched, with more than 3000 books expected to be gifted to centres around the country free of charge.
The book Te Reo Māori: He Taonga mō ā Tātau Mokopuna aims to include te reo Māori in everyday learning and incorporate it in more natural ways
Editor Roimata Rokx says, "If children learn, hear and see the Māori language in their early years, they could grow to love and value it and foster more opportunities from the language."
These New Zealand Tertiary College early childhood students were the first in the country to receive the book.
Ngiculela Andrews says, "This resource is primo. It's pretty much basic and that's what we need. Just with this I find there is more waiata, more words and it also encourages us to use phrases as well."
The book is made completely in New Zealand. Support of the resource by Māori organisations has ensured it aligns with the Māori language as well as Māori culture and values.
“The real difference with this book is the way it links the Te Whāriki curriculum and the needs identified by teachers from experiences in the classroom," Rokx says.
Feedback has been positive from teachers who have seen the book.
"It's great. It's exciting for them," says Rokx.
"It has lifted the spirits of our early childhood students. They are keen to learn Māori and it makes them more eager to teach Māori too."
The book will be gifted to more than 3000 early childhood centres throughout New Zealand by the end of the year. It will also be available for families to purchase for use at home.
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