The Ministry of Education has recently initiated a programme providing language and learning intervention to support Samoan parents and families at our school. This initiative is focussed on the Year 0-1 Syndicate and its use of the new Galulue Fa’atasi Samoan/English dual language reading materials.
To begin this project we have chosen the book Lavalava to read as a class shared book.
It has both the Samoan and English text in the book.
We are also learning a new Samoan song called, “Le ‘Aute” which talks about the beautiful flowers of the hibiscus and the frangipani which are often placed behind the ear in Samoa. It also talks about a la’u ‘ula (a necklace) usually made of flowers but now often made of lollies.
Here is a nice You Tube clip of the song which you can sing at home as you read the Samoan words.