Friday, 26 April 2013

Happy Holidays


Hello All. Hope you are enjoying your holidays, hard to believe it is Friday of the first week already!  I hope you enjoyed the Play Date at the Edgar Centre on Sunday, it was great to see so many familiar faces and lots of new ones as well.  Check out our Head Start Facebook page for some great photo's of the day.

A big THANK YOU and shout out to Constable Ross and his partner from the police and Phil and the Fire Team from the Central Fire Station for being there on Sunday and sharing their knowledge and expertise with us all.

Also THANK YOU to the Parents Centre for bringing all the bikes for the bike course. Everyone looked like they all had heaps of fun negotiating the bike course we had set up.

With the cooler, wetter weather what does everyone get up too?  I have been looking on Pinterest.com and they have lots of great ideas from lots of different people that are easy and fun to make and do at home.

Have a great rest of the holidays and I look forward to catching up on Tuesday 7th May at our Head Start Headquarters.

From the Head Start Team:)


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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Fun Week :)

Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families.  This week we have had lots of fun at our Head Start Headquarters with all our favourite Head Start equipment out to play on.  I thought I had put all the favourite toys out but was quickly reminded that I had forgotten the DUCKS,  how could I forget the DUCKS, sorry Gus :)

It has been a great Term One at Head Start and wonderful to watch how the children grow and develop all the skills we offer throughout the term. 

I am looking forward to our Play Date at the Edgar Centre this Sunday at 10am, I hope you can all come.  Bring a friend and show them how much fun we have at our Head Start Headquarters.  There will be lots to do, face painting, treasure hunt, construction central, bike course, bouncy castle,  I CAN'T WAIT!!!!  See you there!!

Don't forget to check out our timetable for next term, we have made some slight changes www.headstart.net.nz

Take Care over the holidays and we look forward to seeing you all next term (Tuesday 7th May) at our Head Start Headquarters!!

From the Head Start Team :)




Thursday, 11 April 2013

Integration of the Left and Right Brain

Hello to all our Head Start families. This week we have looked at the integration of our left and right brain. What does this mean, well.....The left and right hemispheres of the brain work in different ways and integration of the hemispheres is important so that the whole brain is involved in the thinking and learning process. Activities that cross the body's mid line promote the pathways between the hemispheres and help to integrate them. Activities that use both sides of the body at the same time are important for developing coordination as well as spelling, reading, listening and comprehension.
For most of our classes this meant getting everyone on their hands and knees and crawling around the Head Start Obstacle course with their child.  Others had fun playing tapping sticks or practising left hand right hand on the low down monkey bar. Wealso had some of our posting favourites out and were getting the children to reach to from left to right to post objects.

Don't forget if you would like to come to our seminar "Foundation Skills for Learning" on Thursday (18th April, 2013) evening (7.30pm) give Di a call (03) 4879698 and please book in.

 Don't forget to take a take home sheet to help you remember the activities that we do at Head Start, these are always beside the sign in sheet. Have a great week and we will catch you next week at our Head Start Headquarters :)

From the Head Start Team

Friday, 5 April 2013

Hand-Eye Co-ordination

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families. I hope you have all had a good week.  Have you noticed the change in temperature and all the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees.  A great time to go walking in the park and go rolling in the leaves :)
Well this week at our Head Start Headquarters we have looked at Hand-eye coordination.  This is, the ability of the eyes to control, guide and direct the hands in movements. Hand-eye coordination is important for gross motor skills & games as well as fine motor skills such as handwriting. You can help your child to develop hand-eye coordination by practising fine motor tasks such as building block towers, and through gross motor movements as when playing ball games.

We had LOTS of activities out and one of the favourites was the new octopus that was hiding the balls in his colourful shoes.  There was also lots of building with the blocks, putting shapes on pegs, threading, and up the ramp another favourite the egg and spoon race. 
 
So a couple of things happening at the Head Start Headquarters before the end of the term:

1) Anna and Jo are running our "Foundational Skills For Learning"  seminar on Thursday, April 18th, 7.30pm.  All welcome just ring (03) 487 9698, and confirm your place or use the sign up sheet at the desk

2) On the Sunday the 21st April, 10.00am we are running our Pre School Play date at the Edgar Centre. Lots of fun for the wee ones and a discounted rate for Term 2 if you sign up for a class in person on the day.

3) If you would like to receive our newsletter please forward your email/postal information and key contact person to ATT: Di, at rehab@ratsouth.co.nz with the heading Head Start Newsletter Mail Out

Have a great week and we will see you at our Head Start Headquarters next week for some more fun.

From the Head Start Team :)