He Aha Tēnei?

What is this?

Children love bugs! And they love the illustrations of children holding insects in this book.

It’s a big favourite with teachers and children in early childhood and primary school because of the many ways the ideas in the book can be extended throughout the curriculum. Many teachers really love the addition of the phrase at the end of each page “Me tiaki. He taonga” about protecting our insects because they are a treasure.

At the end, the bees want to know more about the children – and of course, the children are treasures too.

Written by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

$24.99 incl. GST

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He aha tēnei? includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Titiro mai! He aha tēnei?” (Look! What’s this?)
  • Repetitive sentence structure: “He ….. tēnā.” (That’s a …….)
  • Vocabulary for insects
  • 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 He aha tēnei?: 
Tikanga: Children are very special taonga – as are the tamariki of Tāne, Ngā Aitanga a Tāne.
Learning Intention: Understand and use the sentence starter ‘Me…’ to indicate a suggestion or a sense of obligation.
Te Whāriki: Links to Stand 1, goal 3: develop a sense of responsibility for self and others.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 4.3: communicate about obligations and responsibilities.

What others say about He aha tēnei?:

“It is a pleasure to share Sharon’s Te Reo Singalong books with the families and children of rural Southland. They are vibrant, fun and informative and provide an easy way of learning te reo in contexts that have meaning for the children. The way certain concepts are dealt with has a tenderness of spirit that is rather special too. I particularly love He aha tenei?, where we talk about the treasures/taonga of our natural world. We travel widely in our work and always have a great response to these books. Highly recommended.” ~ Kat Ferns, Early Childhood co-ordinator with Southern REAP

Sharon HoltKiwi author Sharon Holt

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


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