Monday, 25 April 2011

Reflecting on a term of Head Start


Some busy kids who have had a Head Start
We thought this would be a great time to say thanks to all the wee ones, (and their parents) who attended Head Start this year. We have had so much fun watching the kids develop over such a short space of time (10 weeks!).
We had the pleasure of watching two wee ones take there first steps independently (thanks for sharing such a special moment with us!), and have been amazed at how kids learn to climb.
Reflecting on the first sessions, it was awesome to see how quickly the kids learnt songs, and started to concentrate on some of the more attentionally demanding tasks. We got some great feedback from parents like:

“has gone from crawling to walking/running since starting Head Start. Now enjoys sitting at one thing for longer and is more comfy at trying new things. We really enjoy coming and I have seen her grow heaps”
“much more confident and much better at throwing and attempts catching”
“more willing to explore his environment now”

“climbing skills in particular have come ahead in leaps and bounds. She also had a strong fear a balloons which has now disappeared since being at headstart. I also think she is more physically confident and willing to take more risks!”

So thanks for coming along and we look forward to watching your kids develop more with the new programme we have ready for Term 2!!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Biking

Bike seat from R & R sport
Taking the oppourtunity of some nice weather we put the bike seat on the back of the bike and went exploring the Central Otago rail trail.
Bike seats are a great way to help your little ones explore the outside environment. Kids need to have excellent trunk control before sitting on these and they work just like a carseat....except they can see so much more!

Our bike seat is a Topeak and we got it from R & R sport. It's got adjustable foot rests, harness and a built in suspension.

Thats probably enough of our wee holiday. Must get back to work as only one more week until the next term of Head Start begins, we still have a few spaces left and if you are keen you can enroll online at www.headstart.net.nz.
More to come about the foundational movement skills....

Friday, 22 April 2011

Climbing

 Why do we encourage climbing at Head Start?
Kids love to climb!

Do you remember the days when kids used to play on the bars at school, or climb trees? Climbing is so great for strengthening the muscles in little peoples arms. Climbing is called a gross motor activity, because it requires big muscles to move in general movement patterns (as opposed to small fine movements that would be fine motor skills). These type of exercises are great for improving the control of all of the muscles around the shoulder.
This is important when it comes to doing things like writing, catching and throwing. Without a strong base to start from,  kids will struggle to do fine motor tasks like writing.
So next time you are at the playground, help your little ones up onto the bars or climbing wall....keep them safe but let them explore!
The Head Start Team

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Head Start Blog

Hi, we thought this would be a great way to get some more information out to people about the benefits of early movement. Hope you enjoy,
Mark
Head Start