Reading the school journal article 'The Kōrero of the Waka' sparked wonder about how people carve. The Poem 'He Toi Whakairo' used onomatopoeia to detail the sounds made while carving.
Dani, Lachlan, Ryleigh, Scarlett and Indie used the whakairo patterns of spiderwebs, fish scales, flounder, and koru, shown in this poem, to create their carving.
Drawing your designs onto your soap helped them make their designs look as planned. Using toothpicks, they began carving out their meaningful designs.
In the next few reading sessions, we persuaded carving, drawing and shaping with care and passion our representation of our mana for reading.
The story and activity have provided an understanding and appreciation of a challenging and skilful craft. They all produced unique carvings and enjoyed the challenges they created.