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This past weekend, the whole ECLC staff participated in a very inspiring workshop led by Keryn Davies who is a researcher from New Zealand. This curriculum has been used in our preschool for some years now but we all wanted to gain a deeper understanding of it and improve our practice. Te Whāriki was put in place in New Zealand many years ago and is gaining popularity throughout the world as it focuses on the Whole Child and Lifelong learning skills and promotes children’s creativity. This framework is a solid "mat" (Te Whāriki in Maori language) on which children can comfortably stand and grow. We had a first powerful hands-on activity where we weaved strips of paper, using a traditional Maori technique, to create our “mat”. We then wrote the 4 Principles (Well-Being, Belonging, Empowerment, Holistic development) and the 5 strands (Family& Community, Contribution, Relationships, Communication and Exploration) and realized when we take one away the mat will collapse. This beautiful metaphor shows how important it is to provide our students with this kind of learning environment. Throughout the workshop, we reviewed and revisited our own understanding of the strands and the principles and how to implement them on a daily basis. We also had a closer look at e-Portfolios and Learning Stories (assessment). It was a really inspiring workshop for all of us!