Friday, 24 February 2012

Visual Discrimination

Hey Head Starters. What a busy week it has been at Head Start Headquarters this week. Visual Discrimination has been the name of the game this week and this has meant that on the white board the Ready/Steady groups have been spotting the differences in the animals, "why is that elephant different to the other one?" and hanging out the washing making sure all the pairs of socks are hung together. What a great job they all did too, well done :)
Just as a wee reminder, visual discrimination refers to your child's ability to recognise similarities and differences between objects. So for future formal learning visual discrimination is important for children to be able to recognise different letters, numbers, mathematical symbols and words. So next time you are out for a walk or in the car don't forget to get the kids reading the street signs and letter box numbers or if they are too little make a point of stopping, showing them some numbers and letters and explaining what they are e.g. "hey this is the number 2, you are 2 (show them that many fingers)".
Our Puku Play Date Mums have been learning some new massage skills over the past couple of weeks as well as doing lots of gross motor songs with their wee ones. My favorite song for this group the Silly Sock Song (R. Crowe, G. Connell, K. Hanratty)
Thanks to those who attended our seminar on Foundational Skills last night, great to meet you and thanks for sharing and spending time with us at the end. Always great to learn more about those who attend our groups, thanks :)
Well hard to believe we are coming into week five (you do know that is half way through the term already, ahhhh...hhhh) and next week we will be looking at Concept and Directional Language. Looking forward to seeing you then, have a great weekend, hope it drys out a bit. Jo

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