So what did we do this week at Head Start? For our OYM kids we played with tactile objects out of our heuristic treasure box (google that if you find some more hours in your day ;-) ) to introduce different sensations to different parts of the body (feathers on the toes was a big favourite). Our Ready kids had a ball copying Mum/Dad/Nana by popping a beanie baby on different parts of their body (as our lovely Stasa is demonstrating beautifully in the photo!) whilst the Steady bunch took this one step further by seeing how far they could walk while balancing the beanie (elbow beanies were super tricky!). The Go team got super inventive with their Body Twister moves managing to get elbows, knees, hands and feet into positions that are not recommended for the older members of the class ;-) (remember when you used to be able to do the splits...oh the days!). Our gorgeous Darcia is pictured doing her very best Twister moves!
So all in all, another great week for the Head Starters of Term 2. Try to get creative this week and use your newly practiced Body Awareness skills at home too - What a great excuse to get out your newborn clothes out of storage and dress up all the teddies...see how many parts of the body you can throw into the conversation! Try looking thru your books and see how many noses/ears/toes etc you can find on each page. For the older ones get creative with your Simon Says instructions. Lastly, see if you can make up actions to all your favourite songs, Hokey Tokey, Knees Up Mother Brown and If You're Happy and You Know It are great places to start but I am sure you can think of loads more!
Have fun and keep warm - I am looking forward to exploring Auditory Patterning with you all next week!
Lizz & the Head Start Team