Saturday, 1 December 2012

Gross Motor Skills

Hi to all our Head Start families and friends. This week we were looking at Gross motor skills, running, jumping, hopping etc. 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.
 
Here is an opportunity to interact with the blogg and let everyone else know what you do to get your kids moving. Do you have a favourite park? Where is it? Why do you like it so much? Do your children like making up obstacle courses for your children to negotiate their way around? What do you use?
 

A big Thanks to Averil from the Chat Bus, who came to speak to out Head Start Friends and Families on Thursday night. She gave us some great tips to think about:
 
What is important
Be consistent
Use Praise
Build Trust
Build Self-esteem
Build resilience
Communicate
Consequences
Positive Touch
 
Some quotes from the evening:
"Train your child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it"
 
"You don't need a degree to be a parent"
 
It was a great evening and I think everyone that attended would have taken at least one point to ponder, Thanks Averil. For more information on the chat bus go to http://chatbus.org.nz/ or if you want to hear more of what she said try and catch up with someone who attended and have a coffee and chat about the evening.
 
Hope you all have a good weekend and we look forward to sharing some more Christmas songs with you this week.
 
Take Care
Jo and the Head Start Team
 

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