Thursday, September 3, 2015

Maori Singalong Books

I'm visiting Duffy schools this coming week and want to greet the kids in Maori - just as well I had Sharon Holt's 'Korero Mai' book to review. I could write my speech (in correct order) and listen to the CD to make sure I'm pronouncing it correctly.

Korero Mai by Sharon Holt, illustrated by Deborah Hinde (the writing bug)

Kids, parents and teachers can learn how to introduce themselves in Maori while reading this book. It shows you how to say your name, mountain, river, iwi, parents' names, and where you come from. A bonus is you can learn the song that says it all - sung on a CD or pick up your own guitar and play the chords at the back of the book. 

This is a heaven-sent resource for the kindy and classroom. I recommend schools buy one for each classroom and or get class-sets. (I don't say that lightly because I know schools have tight budgets.) Many teachers want to teach/speak more Maori in the classroom but don't feel confident pronouncing te reo Maori correctly - this will help them do it in a fun way.

On each double page spread you'll find three examples of how children can answer the question - what is your name, mountain, river, iwi, parents' names ... There's another visual summary at the back of the book. You'll also discover Maori and English translations of the words. Plus suggestions on how to use the book and follow up ideas, as well as the CD and guitar chords at the back of the book.

Highly recommended. See price and where to buy below.

Mahi Tahi by Sharon Holt, illustrated by Deborah Hinde (the writing bug)

This is the nineth book in the Te Reo Singalong book series (above book is the 10th). Mahi Tahi playfully encourages children to dress up in animal costumes and sing the song. Kids could come up with actions to go with their animal and perform it at Assembly (just like the kids do in the story)!


The story encourages children to:

Work together, children                             Mahi tahi, tamariki ma.
Go carefully, elephants.                            Kia ata haere, arewhana ma.
Hands up, monkeys.                                  Kia tu o koutou ringa, makimaki ma.
Play nicely, tigers.                                    Kia tika te takaro, taika ma.
Don't be lazy bats ...                                 Kaua e mangere, pekapeka ma ...

Like all books in the series it has suggestions on how to use the book and follow up ideas. At the back of the book is a CD song to play and guitar chords for you to read if you play the guitar. Another useful resource for the school or home!


Books are $24.99 each (includes book, CD and English translation). 

Look, listen and buy online here. Or buy at Wheelers.

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