Specialist groups operate within the preschool teaching program. Although these are largely aimed at extension for 4 year olds, younger children are able to join in as they please, and that is most of the time.
Four Year Old Choir
There are between 30-50 children in the Four year Old Choir and from the day a child begins at Mozarts at 2, they aspire to be a fully certificated member. It is not unheard of for a 2; or 3 year old to announce to a teacher, "I’m actually four you know," in the desperate hope of being able to stand straight and tall on their very own choir mat. The Kindergarten produces its own CDS with original arrangements of folksongs, traditional songs and some modern pop ballads. Children love learning the songs which are all done with accompanying actions and the two yearly concerts are a highlight for parents and friends who come from all over New Zealand to be part of the delighted audience.
Not knowing your left foot from your right does not stop you from being in the Snappy Feet dance group. In fact a little confusion can often lead to a delightful moment of choreographic originality. "The Dance of the Spinning Sky-Spiders" being one such example. See us twirl like sugar plum fairies, leap over criss-cross swords in a highland fling, and bounce ourselves round with friends in a do-si-do. We perform to parents and friends in the two annual concerts. Of course the swords aren’t real ones, but you knew that didn’t you.
Clang Clang Rattle Bing Bang! There’s a joy in making noise and in the Mozarts Orchestra you never know quite what that noise is going to be. One week it might be the soft tinkle of raindrops played by triangles, the next it might be the slow sonorous footsteps of a Jack-Chasing-Giant up the top of the beanstalk. But we soon catch on. Music is for telling stories and creating pictures with sound.
The children’s orchestra rehearses on Thursdays as an extension group for all children. Simple stories use rhythmic patterns and chants so that children develop an understanding of the relationship between the natural rhythm of words and the constructed rhythm of musical notation. Children, who show interest, are taught simple notation.
Transition to School
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The transition to a child’s formal school setting is crucial if children and families are to have their needs well met in their new education setting. Teachers within the Mozarts and primary settings work together in partnership with families/whanau to ensure good flow of information about settings and to support children during the transition to school.
Four-year-old group time takes place twice daily and children work to master the skills they need to have in order to make a seamless transition to the primary school of their choice.