Friday, 22 February 2013

Balls, Balls, Balls - Catching and Throwing

Hi Head Start friends and families. I think for the boys especially this week has been lots of fun.  Balls, balls and more balls of all shapes and sizes have been passed, caught, bounced, rolled, pushed, kicked and caught all round the Head Start room. That's because this week has all been about Gross Motor Skills, namely catching and throwing.

Gross Motor skills use that larger muscle groups in the legs, arms and trunk. They are important for creating a strong and stable base from which to perform more precise fine motor skills. The motor skills of catching and throwing help develop strength in the upper body, stability in the core trunk muscles and hand-eye coordination.

So this has meant, for our Ready/Steady kids rolling balls, playing with balloons and knocking bottles over with balls on strings. Some really great forward roll work was going on down the inclined mattress and some great balance happening on the beam while the balls were being thrown into the big box as well.

It's great to see the children coming back to Head Start and using equipment that they didn't even look at last term and having lots of fun as well.

See you next week

From the Head Start Team :)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Look Who's Talking - Oral Language

Welcome to all our Head Start friends and families.  This week we have had a focus on one of my favourite topics TALKING.  Some children find their voice and don't stop talking except maybe to breathe, while others may take a little longer and this is okay too.  Our activities this week looked at
ORAL LANGUAGE, and how this refers to your child's ability to express their needs, thoughts and observations of the world around them. You can help them build a 'bank' of words by talking about what you're doing and what you see; this deposits words in their word bank. Oral language is important for children to express themselves. The more they can express orally the less they will need to rely on alternate means of communication, e.g. pointing, hitting, crying etc.

*Use meaningful language and activities
*Be aware of background noise and distractions
*Gain their attention before speaking
*Keep it short and simple
*Create the need to talk
*Allow time to respond
*Use specific vocabulary
*Give positive reinforcement
*Repeat, repeat, repeat
*Reduce the number of questions
(Ministry of Education. Much More Than Words)

Did you know that at RATA South we have a Speech Language Therapist on our team who has many years experience working with children and would be more than happy to work with your child if you felt they were not reaching their language milestones?  For any enquiries please call our office on (03) 487 9698.

Don't forget to talk, talk, talk to your children at the park, in the supermarket, out walking, even doing the housework.   See you next week at our Head Start Headquarters for some more fun.

Cheers from the

Head Start Team :)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Welcome Back to 2013

Welcome Back to all our Head Start friends and families, it's great to see you all again. We are all looking forward to seeing you at our Head Start Headquarters for lots of fun

See you all next week

From the Head Start Team