Thursday, 6 September 2012

Gross Motor Skills

Hi to all our Head Start families and friends.  Sorry I missed this week, but fingers and toes crossed we are slowly getting rid of the bugs in our household. This week we were looking at Gross motor skills.  This requires the use of your child’s large muscle groups (legs, arms, back). With practise these movements become more refined and are extended to more complex tasks.  Skills such as running, jumping and kicking are used in active games and sports. Gross motor development is also an important aspect of fine motor control as the large muscle group’s act to stabilise the body in tasks such as writing and cutting with scissors.

This is where the parks are so cool!  All the running, jumping, climbing, hanging, swinging that a child can do over all the equipment really kicks all these big muscle groups into gear not to mention the fresh air and sunshine!  So hopefully at our Head Start Headquarters there was lots of running, jumping, hopping, and climbing through our obstacle course for all our age groups.  Don't forget if you get stuck inside an obstacle course is a great way to entertain the kids as well as wear them out a bit.  Cushions, sheets, chairs and tables all make fun things to climb through, over and under and you can even get the kids to help you design it! 
 
This week our Puku Play Date class expanded their knowledge with some more pelvic floor exercises while the little ones watched on with interest (or tried to be involved as Morris is now moving backwards!)  Having Amy visit with us and share her knowledge has been FANTASTIC, a big THANK YOU Amy :)
 
Well I hope you have a great weekend, I am hoping for great weather as I am helping out with the kids' school fair.  See you all next week at our Head Start Headquarters
 
Jo and the Head Start Team

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