Sunday, 21 August 2011

Auditory Sequential Memory workout

What a crazy week 3! It started with a snowy blizzard that managed to close pretty much the whole city down, including Head Start classes on Monday unfortunately. Those that could escape from their houses on Tuesday came down for a much needed run around, and I can tell you that there was some SERIOUS cabin fever going on.

This week was all about practicing Auditory Sequential Memory which is the ability to remember things heard in sequence. This helps with other tasks such as learning to spell, repeating number sequences and recalling events. Obviously this is an important skill for us adults, its always good to be able to remember that list of things your better half asked you to do (even if it was during the sports news.....). So it is never to early to start practicing this auditory skill.

Our littlest Head Starters listened carefully to our Gibber Gabber game and some even started to mimic the crazy noises back proving that they were retaining that weird auditory sequential information! Try it at home and see how you get on, all you need to do is make up some weird noises and encourage your little one to say them back to you, trust me, the weirder the better, eg. meep meep meep. screech screech boop... how long a sequence can you come up with?!

We also read thru some classic fairytales and used picture cards to see if the kids could remember what they had heard and re-create the story - Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Bears were definite hits! Our older kids listened carefully to number sequences and tried to remember what they had heard to make the same sequence on the whiteboard.

This auditory skill is something that we are actually encouraging often by asking our little people to follow basic instructions during their day. Try to remember to keep the instructions short and concise to start with and as your child develops you can make the instructions longer and more complex. To start with just 2 stage instructions are a good idea to keep it achievable - your child will love the praise you offer when they succeed! For the older kids you can practice by asking them to recall what they did over the day or play games like calling out a number sequence or a letter sequence to see what they can remember, this is also a great way to start with basic maths and spelling - fridge magnets are a great resource for this and might help to keep little minds busy while you are sorting out the tea!

Next week we have our first motor skill of Term 3 - Directionality...its a great excuse to get even more creative with our equipment course so tune back in next week for an update and some photos.
Keep smiling till then, x Lizz & the Head Start team.

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