Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Visual Sequencing

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families. 

Wow can you believe we are almost at the end of term 2.  Well this week was visual sequencing, do you remember what this means and why it comes in handy for our wee Head Starters???  Well what it is, is the ability to see objects like letters and numbers, in a specified sequential order.  This is really important for handwriting, maths and reading.
So for example do they understand that the letters
c   a   t = the word cat    OR that the numbers   1 0 0 = the number 100
The other example we looked at this week was the sequence of a specific activity.  On the white board were examples of what order we clean our teeth in or have a bath.  This kind of sequence is all around us all the time and you can use it as a conversation starter both before and after an event.
Don't forget that our amazing Speech Language Therapist Karen is imparting her knowledge and years of experience to those interested today (Thursday 27.06.2013, 7.30pm at our Head Start Room).  Ring the office to book your interest.
Well I hope you all have a good week
Take Care
From the Head Start Team

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Auditory Analysis and Synthesis

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families. I hope everyone has been keeping nice and warm.  It has been great to see everyone still coming out in all their nice winter woollies. 

There are some bugs around so please be mindful of others at Head Start and put any toys that get put in mouths into the blue bucket at the back of the room, this way everyone can keep enjoying our programme until the end of term. Thank you :)

What a mouthful the title is, so what does it mean. Well auditory analysis is the ability to to identify different parts of words and Auditory Synthesis is the ability to perceive these individual sounds as a whole.  Auditory synthesis and analysis allows children to hear sounds, recognise the sound and know it's origin.  It is important for learning to read as it provides a structured analytical approach for breaking down unfamiliar words. Whew!!  This might be easier to understand........

Auditory Analysis is the ability to break down what has been heard into smaller parts. This includes breaking up words into syllables, and sounds. e.g.: elephant = e-le-phant and e-l-e-ph-a-n-t.
Auditory Synthesis is the opposite of analysis in that it is the ability to build sounds together to create meaningful words. e.g.: e-le-phant and e-l-e-ph-a-n-t = elephant.
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In class this week we broke out all the musical instruments to practise our listening skills.  Some ways we can practise these skills might be going on 'auditory walks' where you see how many different sounds you can hear - how about getting your little one to close their eyes in their buggy and see what sounds they can recognise. This is also a great time to pull out all those noisy books to listen to farmyard sounds, different tractors/trucks etc. For the older ones how about breaking down larger words into their individual sounds and see if they can blend/synthesise the sounds together to work out what the whole word is! Remember, opportunity to learn from auditory cues is all around us all the time, it is just making the most of it!!

Well I hope everyone has a good week, stay warm and we will all see you next week.

Take Care from the
Head Start Team

Friday, 14 June 2013

Eye - Foot Coordination

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  Who can believe we are now past half way through the term and winter has arrived. Don't be put off coming out in the cold as it is always warm at our Head Start Headquarters and parking is close.

Our new concept this week has been, Eye-Foot Coordination. What a great excuse to practise some kicking balls around the room. This foundation skill is all about learning to control the movement of our feet in relation to what we see with our eyes. This is important for gross motor skills and many games.  

The possibilities are endless but a few of the ideas that we have had this week were kicking balloons on strings for the little's, kicking balls, balancing on the beam and stomping on our jumping leap-frog FUN! 

In case you missed picking up our take home sheet here are a few of the ideas that you can use to continue to develop your child's Eye-Foot coordination:

· Hang interesting items under your play-gym and encourage your child to kick them – eg

· Put a bunch of interesting textured items in a low bucket or paddling pool and let your child explore them with their feet

· Practise kicking into different sized and shaped goals, eg. boxes, laundry basket, closet etc.

· See if your child can catch something on their foot – feather, scarf, bubbles etc.

· Set up your own catapult at home!

If you have any other ideas that you would like to share, post them on our face book page as I am sure there are many parents, grandparents,nannies and careers who have got children inside on these bleak days that need some fresh ideas about how to entertain some restless children.
Our term two newsletter is out.  If you did not receive one via email then please pick up a hard copy when you are next in and update your details with Di so you don't miss out on seminars and happenings at our Head Start Headquarters :)
Have a lovely weekend
Catch you next week
From all the Head Start Team

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Visual Completion

Wow what a busy week at Head Start this week.  Thanks everyone for putting on your winter woollies and coming to play at our Head Start Headquarters we have had lots of fun and a few visitors which has been lovely.

This week we have been looking at Visual Completion. This is the ability to identify an object even if part of it is hidden. Visual Completion is important for children to be able to formulate letters and numbers when learning to write.

For our little's we were practising this by covering up our favourite soft toys and playing a slow peekaboo to see how much (or little) you can show before they tell you what it is. We extended this idea in class by using peekaboo windows over pictures of familiar things, for example a picture of Thomas the Tank Engine hidden with only a small window to see a portion of the picture - a fun concept to try at home with some of your favourite picture books! For the bigger kids we took these ideas of completion even further and started finishing partially drawn shapes on the white board...who knew join the dots could be so educational?! For more ideas to do at home don't forget to grab a take home sheet on the way out.

Have a fun weekend and stay nice and warm. Maybe you could play peek a boo in a home made tent under the table.

Take Care from the Head Start Team :)