Well we are in the middle of winter now. I am always reminded of this by the mid winter festival, this can only mean that the weather can only get better from here on in (fingers and toes crossed). Speaking of crossing that was the foundational skill we were looking at this week, crossing the midline. This means we have the ability to reach across the middle of our body with our arms and legs to the opposite side.
This is a skill that takes time for some to develop but is really useful for reading (looking from left to right across the page), handwriting (being able to write from the left to the right side of the page with one hand), getting dressed as well as many other daily activities. Why not have a look at what you do in the day and see how many times you
have to cross your midline!
So this week at Head Start Headquarters we have seen some old favourites out such as posting activities but this week we have put the midline crossing as the focus. Its been great to see Mums, Dads, and carers encouraging out little Head Starters to use their non dominant hands and to cross their midline, Well Done To you All!
Jo's fishing didn't work to well for my Tuesday guys, sorry about that, but with a bit of adaption it is now up and running so we can go fishing for our last week before the holidays. The beam with the bean bags and pipes has been a good one for all our classes, some walking along others standing and posting to the opposite side, while those with a little more "monkey" in them have been having a go at the swinging bars.
If you are interested in some more activities to enhance this skill you may want to check out http://make-the-grade-ot.com/Midline%20Crossing%20Activities.html or
http://www.therapystreetforkids.com/CrossingMidline.html or http://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/activities-for-crossing-the-midline.html
We have one more week before the holidays and if you know of someone who wants to sign up for term 3 at Head Start then send them to the Meridian Mall this Saturday where Anna and I and a couple of others will be set up all day introducing the wider Dunedin community to our Head Start program.
Have a great weekend :)
Jo and the Head Start Team