Toitoi celebrates creativity. It gives our young writers and artists a real purpose and a wide audience and encourages them to be actively engaged in their own learning.
Every term, the journal offers original and authentic exemplars created by New Zealand children in years 1-8, linking learning across the key subject areas of reading, writing and art.
Toitoi embraces a wide range of abilities and perspectives, motivating reluctant readers and writers and extending enthusiastic ones. It encourages students to strive for personal excellence and collaborate with their peers.
Teacher Support Materials are available for every issue of the journal and offer ideas for using Toitoi in the classroom.
We have just started ALIVE learning in our classroom which involves the children independently pursuing their own ‘passion’ projects. Some of them have decided to focus on writing which I am so pleased about! I credit Toitoi for that as they are really inspired and motivated by the prospect of having their writing published. I’m sure they will produce some wonderful pieces and I look forward to submitting them for consideration in the next issue.
The school principal called Max (and me, his brother, then half his friends followed) into the office after school and made a very big deal of getting him to open it. It was really cool. He also had him up at school assembly. One thing that interested me was that on the night we got Toitoi, Max sat down and read, read, read. He was really taken by the stories and fell into the journal. So did his little brother. It’s such an awesome concept.