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E hia ngā moe?

How many sleeps?

Most teachers and children can count a few numbers in te reo Māori. But how many can use those numbers in sentences?

This Christmas countdown book includes easy sentence structures that are useful all year round. And it’s a great way to practise counting in te reo as well!

The illustrations feature a family getting ready for Christmas at the beach – a nice Kiwi touch that many children can relate to.

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E hia ngā moe includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “E hia ngā ….?” (How many ….?)
  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Me kaute ngā …..” (Let’s count the …..)
  • Vocabulary for numbers and Christmas items
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Picture glossary
  • Guitar chords

Curriculum Links for E hia ngā moe?: 
Tikanga: Māori counting is founded on a base 10 system.
Learning Intention: Count in descending order.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 4, Goal 3: use a counting system for meaningful purposes.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 1.3: communicate about numbers.

Author – Sharon Holt

Illustrator – Deborah Hinde

Waikato based illustrator and author Deborah Hinde produces illustrations for a variety of clients and specialises in children’s picture books. She illustrated 11 of the books in the Te Reo Singalong series.

What others say about E hia ngā moe?:

“This is one of my daughter’s favourite pukapuka. She loves the interactive aspect, counting the new items on each page aloud. She also enjoyed discovering that the mumutawa (ladybug) was somewhere to be found on each page.” Kirsten Parkinson, mum

Sharon Holt Meet Kiwi author Sharon Holt

Sharon Holt is a children’s author and creator of books and resources in te reo Māori.

Several of her books have won or been shortlisted for awards, and her Te Reo Singalong series won its category in both Ngā Tohu Reo Māori / Māori Language Awards in 2013 and the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards in 2015.

Find out more about Sharon and the Te Reo Singalong series on Sharon’s author page.


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