This week at Head Start we went crazy with the musical instruments! The littlies got busy creating their own patterns for Mum/Dad/Nana to copy - resulting in some loud and wonderfully creative patterns. Handsome Josh is pictured getting busy with the instruments. It didn't take long for our littlest Head Starters to realise that if they clanged on a drum three times that this pattern was immediately repeated back to them...this created a few smiles! Our Steady kids got busy listening to and then repeating patterns back; there was some awesome foot stomping, hand clapping, rattle shaking and drum crashing going on. The patterns got progressively more complex and imaginative with auditory cue cards to guide the way for our Go kids.
So how can you continue with the good work at home? Get busy creating patterns, who needs instruments when you have pots and pans?! See if you can keep the beat to your favourite songs or play some patty-cake with your wee one. How about making some rhythm sticks out of wooden spoons and see how long you can keep the pattern going for. Practice your listening skills when you are out and about, head to the park or playground and take some time to see how many different sounds you can hear, different birds, cars or buses passing by, kids on their bikes, footsteps in the gravel - you get the idea. Take note of all the times you have loads of auditory stimulation going on at home and try to spend some time every day with just one quiet noise on to attend to (not the tv!)...you will be amazed at how relaxing this can be after all the hustle and bustle of the day!
Next week we are back onto a visual skill, so remember to swing back to check out how our week of Visual Completion pans out. Have a great week everyone!
x Lizz & the Head Start Team
ps. Aiofe is our other star of the week showing off some pretty impressive multitasking on the beam...don't worry, there is always plenty of time for our obstacle course amongst all the foundation skills!