Thursday, 10 May 2012

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Body Awareness

Hello All!
So this week at our Head Start Headquarters we have been focusing on Body Awareness. Body Awareness is the internal awareness (in technical jargon: proprioception) of where your body parts are without having to look at them. In other words the understanding of where your arms, legs, head etc are in relation to each other. As kids learn about where their body parts are and develop a greater understanding of where their body is in space they are better equipped to move in a coordinated way, such as running, turning, leaping and generally just being active.
When they get to school this can help them to navigate their way in a busy classroom environment and also helps to stabilise their trunk while moving their arm in an isolated and coordinated way while handwriting. Who knew that all those songs and games like Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and the Simon Says could be the gateway to so many other skills?!

So this week at Head Start what have we been up too?  For our OYM kids we played with tactile objects out of our treasure box  to introduce different sensations to different parts of the body (the detergent bottle was a favourite). Our Ready kids were popping a beanie baby on different parts of their body whilst the Steady bunch took this one step further by seeing how far they could walk while balancing bean bags on different body parts.  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.

So all in all, another great week for the Head Starters of Term 2. Try to get creative this week and use your newly practised 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 through 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 Tokeyand Knees Up Mother Brown  are great places to start but I am sure you can think of heaps more!
Have a fun weekend and remember, there is no wrong weather, just wrong clothes :)
From the Head Start Team

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