Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Visual Sequential Memory & Touch - Double Doozy

Umm somehow I seem to have missed last week's post...apologies all (I am officially blaming baby-brain for all these oversights now by the way!). So consider this a double doozy catch up session.

Week 3 of Term 4 at Head Start was focused on Visual Sequential Memory and I can confidently say that the most popular resource this week was our shiny new posting box!
Visual Sequential Memory is an important skill
to work on as it enables us to look at sequences of pictures, letters or numbers, memorise them and then recall them when necessary. This is an important prerequisite for learning to spell and recognising sequences of numbers. For our littlies this week we practiced this skill through posting games, such as laying out a sequence of coloured letters and seeing whether they could post them in the correct order. For the older bunch this task was extended by posting in particular number sequences. Another fun exercise had the kids threading coloured buttons in sequential order to match those that Mum/Dad/Nana modelled for them. Similarly, coloured balls were rolled through pipes inparticular sequences to see if the order could be replicated. This week was also a perfect week for our Go kids to really get stuck into their alphabet and counting activities and they had a great time with our new magnetic letters and numbers!

In the blink of an eye it was week 4 (and 1/2 way through Term 4 by the way - eek). This week the focus was Touch....and

yes it was a messy one. The sensation of touch is essential for our lit
tlies development and is one of the primary ways that they learn about their environment. This week we had lots of new things for them to explore using their sense of touch. The firm favourites for the week was the touch and feel tank of dried pasta and our tub of dried rice filled with hidden treasure - under close supervision this was a hit with both our littler and older Head Starters. We managed to pry a few kids away from the touchy tanks to show them our Total Touch station which consisted of shredded paper to be emerged in, pillows and mattresses to be squashed between and lycra to be rolled up - the photo shows that this was also a popular choice too!
We also introduced a new massage box filled with textured goodies and a corresponding bag to try to match objects too just by using the sense of touch...this was harder than it looks! Our Go kids were extended further through tasks that got them identifying shapes and objects using the sensation of touch just through their feet - definitely a challenge!!

As for our littlest Head Start bunch the Puku Playdate babies have been grooving to their favourite tunes and their Mums have been looking at how to use different baby equipment and how to make some lovely developmental toys at home. Next week we will be attempting some baby massage so hopefully all the bubs are relaxed and enjoy that!

In other news we have our FREE seminar "From First Foods to Lunchbox Snacks" coming up on November 24 at 7.30pm - so if you are keen join us and dietician Hollie Buchanan to learn about pre-school nutrition, treats to tempt even the fussiest eater and to try out some delicious samples! Call us on 487 9698 to RSVP.

Maybe you will all be inspired to get the rice out in the backyard after this week?! Get imaginative and see what other touch sensations you can think of that will be new and informative for your little one.
Have a great week! x Lizz & the Head Start team

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