Friday, 31 May 2013

1,2,3 Listen to Me - Auditory Pattern

Well our Head Start Headquarters was a bit quiet this week with all that lovely snow closing the city down.  I hope you had fun making snowmen and snow angels we sure did. For those new families at Head Start the best way for us to let you know what is happening is through our Face Book Page, but as a general rule, if the schools are closed so are we and we will post on our Face Book page any change of details. 
 
So this week for those were able to be with us on Thursday was very noisy.  This was due to all the drums, shakers, and noisy toys being played.  The reason behind all this fun noise was because this week we were concentrating on Auditory Pattern. 
 
Auditory Pattern is the ability to listen to a pattern of sound and repeat that same pattern back. Auditory Pattern is an important underlying skill for a child's speech development.
 
Our activities this week included drums and shakers that had our children banging and shaking out some fun patterns with Mums, Dads, Nana's and carers all trying repeat them back.  Others found some of the noisy toys lots of fun, pushing, watching and listening to all the interesting sounds these made. This caused lots of laughs and smiles and we love to see this at Head Start.
 
Musical instruments and singing is a great way to help your wee ones learn to recognise sound patterns. It doesn't matter if you sing in tune or not and the musical instruments can just be the pots and a wooded spoon from the draw. For our older children we had them clapping and stamping patterns with hands and feet and you can do this at home while listening to your favourite songs.
 
Have fun making your own instruments this week and we look forward to seeing you all next week at our Head Start Headquarters
From the Head Start Team :)

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