Friday, 30 August 2013

Visual Association

Can you believe we are half way through Term 3 already!! I can't believe how fast this term has gone and how much all our little ones have accomplished.

This week at our Head Start Headquarters we tackled the foundation skill of Visual Association. This is the ability to draw associations between two or more different but related items. To start with this is most easily done with familiar items, such as sock & shoe, knife & fork etc, but importantly this skill builds up to include associations between visual shapes of letters and formation of words, e.g, C + A + T = CAT.
For our littlest Head Starters we made an effort to point out all the things that could be associated together in the class - visual associations are everywhere once you start looking for them!! We talked about socks & shoes, balls in hoops, pegs in bottles...the associations were endless. Sometimes all it takes is the intention to find associations and before you know it they are all around us!

Our older children spent time looking through our visual association items to work out what should be matched up and in no time had figured them all out...we had to make sure that the toothbrush and toothpaste wasn't put to actual use though, but to be fair all the children knew that these two went together!

Don't forget our seminar on Thursday evening at our Head Start Headquarters, all welcome :)
Children’s Nutrition What really matters?
Join us for an educational evening with Jennifer Douglas, Nutritionist. Gain an understanding about the foods that really matter in your pre-schoolers' diet and how to get them to eat!
Thursday 5th September
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Head Start Headquarters next week :)
From the Head Start Team

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Up, up up the ladder, down, down down the slide

Hello All!  What a great week we have had at our Head Start Headquarters going up, down, through, round, over and under.  It has been wonderful watching you all have fun running up and down the ramp, forwards and backwards!

This week we have looked at directionality.  Directionality is the understanding of an objects position in space in relation to oneself. A child first learns these concepts in relation to themselves and is then able to transfer them to numbers, letters and words. This skill is important in the visual discrimination of letters and numbers for both reading and writing.

So for all our Head Start kids this week there has been lots of climbing up the climbing wall, climbing up the ladder and down the slide, in the boxes and on the boxes.  Even though lots of these activities are familiar to our children it is good to intentionally verbalise these concepts as the children complete the activities so they are able to later relate this to writing.  For example if you were asking your child to draw the letter "A" you might say: "draw a line that goes up, then down with a line across the middle".  Have fun using these concepts at the park, in the bath and while you are out driving.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week at out Head Start Headquarters.

Friday, 16 August 2013

B is for Bubbles - Auditory Association

Hello All! What a busy, noisy week we have had at our Head Start headquarters this week.  There  has been some strange sounds in the Head Start room this week and I was sure my guinea-pigs had been let out and were running around squeaking in the corner.  As it turned out there was also a cow mooing and pigs oinking and these noises were coming from our noisy books as the children tried to match the sound with the animal.
All the noise is because this week our foundational skill has been - Auditory Association, this is our child’s ability to relate a sound to a given object or letter. This is an important skill in early literacy when learning letter sounds, blends and words.
Well I hope you all have a great weekend and don't forget to post something on our Face book page if you get a chance or when you find a great place to go with your wee ones, let us all know.  Looking forward to next week already.

Cheers from
The Head Start Team

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Visual Memory

What a great week we have had at our Head Start Headquarters! This week we looked at Visual Memory. Visual memory is your child’s ability to store visual information in their short term and long term memory.

Short term visual memory is important for tasks such as following instructions and copying information from the board. 

Long term visual memory involves the integration of visual information with previous experiences. This becomes important to ensure a good foundation of basic mathematical and literacy concepts is laid for future learning. 

This week we had lots of things hiding in boxes and egg cartons and it was interesting to watch the children play with the toys and then put them back in the boxes for the next child to find.  Our Search and Rescue game  pit was a great hit too, looking at a visual cue and then searching for the corresponding picture in the pool...Dora the Explorer was a crowd pleaser!

Our "Kim's Game", got a few looks in and trying to remember what was on the tray when the scarf went back over the top was a challenge even for the adults!
This week we have welcomed some Otago polytec students who will be with us for the term looking at how we run our groups and all the amazing learning that goes on in our Head Start classes.

Well that's all from me this week, have a great weekend and all the Head Start team look forward to seeing you next week bright and bubbly ready for another great week at our Head Start Headquarters.

Can you spot the differences??
Take Care
The Head Start Team :)

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

 Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families and a BIG Warm WELCOME to all our new Head Start families who have joined us for term 3 at our Head Start Headquarters.  WELCOME :)

This week has been an introduction to our program for those new to the program and a catch up on holiday activities for those that are rejoining us again.  I love to see the children's faces as they walk into the Head Start room and quickly scan the room to see what is out to play on, the excitement and anticipation is great!!

Next week the room will be set out differently again and for those of you new to the program you will see yellow cards next to some of the activities.  These explain how to use the equipment in relation to the foundational skill we are looking at so you are able to direct your child in their play.

Please feel free to ask us if you do not understand what to do on some of the equipment as we always have a purpose for putting equipment out as we do.

We look forward to term 3 at our Head Start Headquarters and it is shaping up to be a busy one which is great for keeping us on our toes :)

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all at our Head Start Headquarters for some active brain, active body and active movement activities!

Cheers from the Head Start Team