Friday, 26 October 2012

Visual Sequential Memory

Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families. We have had a busy week 2 at our Head Start Headquarters with a focus on Visual Sequential Memory.  This is an important skill to work on as it enables us to look at sequences of pictures, letters or numbers, memorise them and then recall them when necessary.
 
This is an important prerequisite for learning to spell and recognising sequences of numbers. For our littlies this week we practiced this skill through posting games, such as laying out a sequence of coloured letters and seeing whether they could post them in the correct order. For the older bunch this task was extended by posting in particular number sequences. Another fun exercise had the kids threading coloured buttons in sequential order to match those that Mum/Dad/Nana modelled for them. Similarly, coloured balls were rolled or putted into our new golf holes with a focus on particular sequences to see if the order could be replicated. This week was also a perfect week for our Go kids to really get stuck into their alphabet and counting activities and they had a great time with the magnetic letters and numbers!
 
Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week as we come into November and the silly season.
 
Jo and the Head Start Team :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Welcome Back!!

Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families.  Welcome back to term 4 of 2012.  A BIG Head Start Welcome to all of our new families that have just joined us, we hope you enjoy being a part of the Head Start experience here at our Head Start Headquarters.

We are looking forward to this term as we have lots of exciting things to share with you (and we get to do Christmas stuff too!).  The term has got off to a fun start with the first week of classes already over (I hate to say it, but this term is going to fly by, don't blink!!) and lots of friendships reestablished by both the adults and the children.

We all look forward to spending time with you and your children after the long weekend (don't forget NO Puku Play date on Monday).  See ya then

Jo and the Head Start Team

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Did You Know?

Did you know that our Head Start program is just one part of what we do at our Head Start Headquarters?
 
Have you noticed that your child has handwriting difficulties, appears clumsy and uncoordinated, has communication or speech difficulties, maybe they fidget or lack concentration, have poor memory or organisational skills or may even require rehabilitation following an injury or surgery.  Why not check out our RATA Kids web page at http://www.ratasouth.co.nz/children.php Or see what's happening on our Face book Page: RATA Kids http://www.facebook.com/RataKids?ref=stream
 
Our team of professionals at RATA South Ltd includes, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists all with experience working with children of all ages and abilities.  
 
 
Rata Kids.