Friday, 29 March 2013

Auditory Discrimination

Hello to all our Head Start families and friends. Well another busy week looking at Auditory Discrimination.  Here we look at the child’s ability to detect similarities and differences when listening to sounds which facilitates the understanding of spoken words and spelling skills.
This is also a great week for me because one of my favourite songs gets to be played.  Mrs Bunny has made an Easter come back so there was lots of hopping and stopping fun :)

So this week for our Ready and Steady children there were games where they have to identify the animal picture after Mum or Dad have made the sound (e.g. "where is the animal that goes baa baa?") and for the Go children they have been trying to identify different musical instruments behind Mum or Dad's back and having a go at Animal BINGO.  Maybe when you are out and about you can have a go at I SPY with my little eye, something that goes Moo Moo.
Some of our children had a go at running up the ramp to find the letter that sounded like "T" to bring back and put in the machine to tell them if they retrieved the right one.  Up the climbing wall we had lots of different animals and the Mums and Dads were making some funny noises as the children climbed to find the right animal.
Wishing you a very happy Easter and don't forget we are open on Tuesday for classes.  Keep an eye out for the posters on our up and coming seminar and the preschool play date at the Edgar Centre.
Have a lovely long weekend
From the Head Start Team


Friday, 22 March 2013

Visual Patterns

Hey Head Starters this week has been all about seeing patterns in everyday things. "Look at the traffic lights, Red, Orange, Green" or "Look at the numbers on the letter boxes 2,4,6".  This is known as Visual patterning and it refers to your child’s ability to identify patterns. This helps them to make connections, predict and solve mathematically based problems using shortcuts and they are everywhere.

So this week at our Head Start Headquarters we have had the coloured circles, squares and triangles up the ramp, the bugs, sticks, square blocks and buttons matching patterns on our cards which proved challenging for some but with lots of practise everyone will be an expert before we know it.  There were patterns all round the Head Start room, like the balls, the stars and ducks on the climbing wall and the bean bags on the beam.  Did you spot any others????

Have a great weekend and enjoy the good weather. We look forward to seeing you all at our Head Start Headquarters for another fun week :)

See you then, from the
Head Start Team

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Vestibular System.... WHAT????

Hey Head Starters this week has been all about spinning, swinging and balance which has created some very funny faces and moments throughout the classes especially on the rocket chair :)  Why have we been doing this at our Head Start Headquarters????  Well we all need to work on increasing our balance, and the vestibular system is the one that controls your child's balance, equilibrium and sense of movement.  The vestibular and auditory systems are closely related and are both processed in the inner ear. You can help to develop your child's vestibular system by exposing them to all sorts of movements such as swinging, swaying, bouncing, spinning (not too fast) and rocking.

A well developed vestibular system provides stability, good muscle tone and helps to develop auditory language processing and visual-spatial processing. This will help your child to move confidently, listen and learn.
The vestibular system is something that develops in stages over some years but for some children it can be a real issue and stops them doing some activities.  Don't forget that the Head Start team are Occupational Therapists and part of the larger team of professionals and we are more than happy to answer questions ifyou have them.
Have a good week and we will see you back at our Head Start Headquarters next week for lots more fun, fun, fun :)
Cheers from the Head Start Team :)
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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Concept and Directional Language

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  This week has been a fun week as we have been discussing Concept and Directional Language.  What does this mean well it's really quite easy all it refers to is the size and direction, for example:  Concept language - big, small, short, tall etc
Directional language – on, under, up, down, beside etc.  So what does this mean well.......Concept and directional language are important for both future writing development and math skills. 
So this week at our Head Start Headquarters we have had lots of fun putting balls and bean bags in, through, beside boxes, through hoops and beside our new blocks.  Do you remember what we did with Winnie the Pooh??  He went beside, behind and in front of our red chair.
So next time you are at the park, get your wee ones to stand in front, behind, beside, on top of some of the playground equipment and get clicking with the camera and make up a homemade book,  "Jo is standing beside the big slide". Your child will love reading a story about themselves and what a lovely way to share your park visit with Nana and Granddad!! 
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you at the Head Start Headquarters next week for some more fun. Don't forget if you would like some more ideas take home one of our take home sheets available on the front desk.
Cheers from the Head Start Team :)

Friday, 1 March 2013

Visual Discrimination

Hey Head Starters. What a busy week it has been at Head Start Headquarters this week. Visual Discrimination has been the name of the game this week and this has meant that on the white board the Ready/Steady groups have been spotting the differences in the animals, "why is that elephant different to the other one?" and hanging out the washing making sure all the pairs of socks and mittens are hung together. What a great job they all did too, well done :)

Just as a wee reminder, visual discrimination refers to your child's ability to recognise similarities and differences between objects. So for future formal learning visual discrimination is important for children to be able to recognise different letters, numbers, mathematical symbols and words. So next time you are out for a walk or in the car don't forget to get the kids reading the street signs and letter box numbers or if they are too little make a point of stopping, showing them some numbers and letters and explaining what they are e.g. "hey this is the number 2, you are 2 (show them that many fingers)".
Hopefully everyone got a copy of our Head Start Newsletter with all the upcoming events and seminars.  If you did not get one please let us know and we will resend it or you can pick up a hard copy next time you are in for a Head Start class.  Looking forward to seeing you then, have a great weekend, loving the sun don't forget to make the most of it.
From the Head Start Team