Firstly, this pukapuka whētuitui (concertina book) contains karakia for kai. It is a fun way to learn this lovely karakia. You can decorate and individualise it. It’s an arty craft that can be done in school. Moreover, this activity can be a fun one done together in your own whare. The karakia comes with an explanation.
While this is an activity that ensures fun and enjoyment, it also aims to support your tamariki (and you) to learn an ancient karakia .
Furthermore, the sound bite attached to the QR code will help with the correct pronunciation.
Just scan it through your mobile device using a QR code scanner app and it will lead you to an audio clip to support pronunciation for the karakia in this concertina book!
Also, if you want to find out more about the benefits of QR codes in the classroom read this.
Some topics where this karakia can be integrated
R.E in the Catholic Curriculum
Matariki– although we talk of the Atua, they are reflected in the stars-Tāne-Tupuārangi, Rongo-mā-Tāne-Tupuānuku, Tangaroa-Waitā, Maru-Waitī
Te Reo Māori (a stand-alone lesson)-Māori Language Week too!
Manaakitanga-looking after others
Sustainability and the environment
Moreover, this concertina book includes images of the atua who provide food from different natural resources.
- Tāne – Atua of the birds and forest (Kai from the forest)
- Rongo-mā-Tāne – Atua of cultivated plants-especially kūmara
- Tangaroa – Atua of the sea (Food from the sea)
- Maru – Atua of rivers and streams (Freshwater kai)
- Ranginui – Sky father
- Papatūānuku -Earth mother
Parents wanting their tamariki to embrace more reo will appreciate this. Learners can come home from school with this to read to the whānau! Also, they can say it before kai.
In addition, this video is to interest your tamariki in making their own karakia concertina book. Lastly, for full instructions, you can watch the Matariki Concertina Book video.
With little effort and a lot of support your tamariki can make something useful and precious. Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu!