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 :)