Friday, 30 March 2012

Hello Head Start Families and Friends, wow where has the week gone? These short weeks are going to make this part of the year disappear very quickly.

Well this week was lots of fun as we looked at hand-eye coordination.This is the ability of the eyes to control, guide and direct the hands in movements; it is important for gross motor skills and games as well as fine motor skills such as

We practiced these skills with ball games, target practice, building with the blocks, scooping and egg and spoon races, it was lots of fun.Maybe at home you can try some ball catching, bubbles or hitting a balloon with a fly swat

Fisher-Price Little People Builders Stack 'n Learn Alphabet Blocks

Well next week is our last week for the term and it is going to be great fun. We will have all the exciting equipment and games out that we have been using over the term and you will get to have another go at your favourite activity. Which will it be, the blast off chair, the hammock, the roller coaster, or the doll’s house, the bugs or or or........I can’t wait to see what you choose, see you there and don’t forget if you haven’t signed up for next term do that this week, and make sure you tell a friend so they don’t miss out on all the exciting things we do at Head Start. See ya next week,

from The Head Start Team

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Auditory Discrimination.

Hello to all our Head Start families and friends. Well another busy week looking at Auditory Discrimination. Here we look at the child’s ability to detect similarities and differences when listening to sounds which facilitates the understanding of spoken words and spelling skills.

This has meant for our Ready and Steady children games where they have to identify the animal picture after Mum or Dad have made the sound (e.g. "where is the animal that goes baa baa?") and for the Go children they have been trying to identify different musical instruments behind Mum or Dad's back and having a go at Animal BINGO. Maybe when you are out and about you can have a go at I SPY with my little eye, something that goes Moo Moo.

Who can believe that we have just two weeks of term left, hopefully everyone has enrolled for next term (if not flick us an email and we will get you in) as next term is going to be lots of fun.

Have a nice long weekend, sorry I won’t be seeing my Monday classes next week due to the long weekend, but I will save some bubble mixture for you and we will have lots of fun in our last week :)
Take Care, from the Head Start Team

Friday, 16 March 2012

Visual Pattern

Hey Head Starters this week has been all about seeing patterns in everyday things. This is known as Visual patterning and it refers to your child’s ability to identify
patterns. This helps them to make connections, predict and solve mathematically based problems using shortcuts. Try this one.... you may even like to use real jelly beans yum yum.

Well I hope you are all excited about our Ultimate Play Date on Sunday from 10am – 12noon at the Edgar Centre. Only 2 more sleeps to go! I can’t wait for the Big Boogie at 10.30am and to play with the bubbles and build a house or a car, to play on the bouncy castle, race round the wheelies track, do the treasure hunt and and and ....., it’s going to be so EXCITING, I hope you can all come and have some fun with us. See you all there

From the Head Start Team

Friday, 9 March 2012

Spinning and Balance

Hey Head Starters. this week has been all about spinning, swinging and balance which has created some very funny faces and moments throughout the classes :)

The vestibular system controls your child's balance, equilibrium and sense of movement. The vestibular and auditory systems are closely related and are both processed in the inner ear. You can help to develop your child's vestibular system by exposing them to all sorts of movements such as swinging, swaying, bouncing,
spinning and rocking.

A well developed vestibular system provides stability, good muscle tone and helps to develop auditory language processing and visual-spatial processing. This will help your child to move confidently, listen and learn.

So this week for the Ready and Steady children has involved some gentle swinging in the hammock, sliding on a blanket on the roller coaster, and taking off on the 'spinning rocket', while the Go, head starters have been hanging around on the monkey bars. Heaps of fun :) AND Not to forget our Puku Play date children, this week we were all about tummy time and as you can see they are pretty good at it!
Now don't forget about the Ultimate Play Date, Sunday18th March, 10am - 12noon at the Edgar Centre, Gold Coin Donation. Tell your friends or get the antenatal group together and come and check it out. There will be lots to do including Equipment Circuit, Bubble Mania, Construction Central, Treasure Hunt and more.....tell your friends and see you there!!! Have a great weekend from the Head Start Team

Friday, 2 March 2012

On, Under, Up, Down

Hello All. I hope you have all recovered from the bugs that have been flying around and are ready for another busy week at Head Start. Concept and Directional Language was all up, down, over and through the head start headquarters this week. There were tunnels to go through and ladders to step over, hoops to jump in and out of, and guessing weather the biggest or smallest teddy would go down the slide first.

Don't forget to take one of the take home sheets available at the front desk to remind you of the foundational skill we have been working on. This also gives you some practical ideas to consolidate the foundational skill we address at Head Start. In case you missed it here is a copy of this weeks sheet.

Building Concept & Directional Language
Skills at Home

When you’re reading together talk about the pictures
and include concept and directional language in your discussion.

When you’re baking together talk about the positions
and sizes of biscuits on the tray.

When you’re out for a walk stop and look in gardens,
look for birds in trees and cats on/under/beside parked cars. Use concept and
directional language in your discussion.

Have a nice weekend and we will see you next week where we will be spinning out a little bit as we look at the Vestibular System.

:) Head Start Team