Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Few of My Favourite Things continued....

Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families.

This week at our Head Start Headquarters there was lots of lovely jingle bells, and with only two weeks of Head Start to go (final Head Start classes Dec 9) the Santa hats are out of the box as we start the countdown to Christmas/Summer holidays. 

Last week I shared my new favourite toy the Pop the Turtle and this week I would like to share another toy that has caught my eye, The Cheeseburger.

Buttons, domes and Velcro are on just about every piece of clothing, shoe or toy and can be a difficult skill to master.   So this weeks favourite is this Cheeseburger.  It offers button, Velcro and domes to for those little fingers to practise and the cute smiley faces are a hit with the kids.  I got mine from the Sensory Corner (http://www.sensorycorner.co.nz/catalog/)





Have a great weekend and if you spot any really exciting toys please share them with our Head Start families on our Face book page :)

Cheers
From the Head Start Team



Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Few of My Favourite Things

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  I don't want to say it too loud but the countdown to Christmas is on so I thought I would share some of my favourite things with you.

I love the movie The Sound of Music and this song always reminds me of the simple things in life that can bring pleasure.


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things


So on that note I thought I would share with you some toys that I have discovered over the past year that have become my favourite things. 

First on my list is this CUTE little Pop up Turtle. He is great for strengthening those little fingers for all those fine motor skills like dressing and writing. 
Pop a Turtle - Click Image to Close
http://www.sensorycorner.co.nz/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76_78&products_id=646
He can be ordered from the Sensory Corner on line or I also spotted them in Toy World last week if you want to check them out.

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all at our Head Start Headquarters next week

From the Head Start Team

Friday, 15 November 2013

Fine Motor Skills

Hello to all our Head Start families and friends.  We have had a busy week at our Head Start Headquarters this week where our focus has been Fine Motor Skills.
This is the ability to use smaller muscle groups to perform tasks that are precise in nature. Our children develop their gross motor skills primarily by exercising their larger muscle groups to move around. These gross motor skills help to develop core strength and this in turn provides a stable base from which to initiate movement from the smaller muscle groups responsible for fine motor control. Gross motor movement is a key concept at Head Start and is being developed every week through the running, jumping and climbing opportunities presented to our Head Starter children. So this week we built on all this strengthening and presented our Head Starters with some fun fine motor skills to practise!
 
This week the favourite activity for the Tuesday Head Starters was the rice.  Using little fingers (and sometimes toes :)) to find what was hidden in the rice was a great activity to practise their pincer grip.  The little tongs picking up the animals was another big hit and it was interesting to watch the different ways the children managed this task. Posting, threading, dressing dolly, rolling marbles down the ramp all gave those little fingers a great workout.
 
Fine Motor skills can be practised through food exploration, goo, sandpits, dressing, scissors, colouring,  picking up bugs, just to name a few.  
Lots of fun exploring in the rice
 
Reminder to keep this date free for our free seminar
 
 ‘The Benefits of Baby Massage’ 

Speaker: Katy Truscott
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Thursday 28th Nov. 2013
Time: 7.30pm,
350 South Rd, Caversham
All welcome
Gold Coin Donation
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Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Head Start Headquarters next week for some more fun.
 
From the Head Start Team 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 8 November 2013

Training Our Eyes - Vision

Hi to all our Head Start families and friends. What a busy week at our Head Start Headquarters this week. This week we have been “looking” at our vision. 

Why do we have a session on vision?  Well.......Our eyes work together to send visual information to the brain. Like the muscles of our bodies, the muscles of the eyes need to be worked to develop.
When your child’s eyes are controlled without effort their attention is available for visual concentration such as following words on a page when reading and following moving objects when participating in games and sports.
 
So this has meant we have been watching the balls go down the ramp, over the roller coaster, through the maze, hitting balls as they come out the ball maze.  We have been watching bubbles float by and feathers and balloon helicopters fall softly to the ground and some of our children tried to balance a marble in the middle of a maze (it was pretty difficult).  We also had a cave with torches with rocket ships and planets on them to follow in the dark and spot the toys hidden in the cave.
 
Hopefully everyone has received their copy of the Head Start Term 4 Newsletter.  If you have missed this then please let us know and we will forward a copy to you, or you can pick up a hard copy next time you are in.
Have a great weekend all. We'll be "looking" out for you next week
 
From the Head Start Team

Friday, 1 November 2013

Gross Motor Skills - Ball Skills

Hi Head Start friends and families. This week has been lots of fun, balls, balls and more balls of all shapes and sizes have been passed, caught, bounced, rolled, pushed and kicked all round the Head Start room. That's because this week has all been about Gross Motor Skills, namely catching and throwing.

Gross Motor skills use that larger muscle groups in the legs, arms and trunk. They are important for creating a strong and stable base from which to perform more precise fine motor skills. The motor skills of catching and throwing help develop strength in the upper body, stability in the core trunk muscles and hand-eye coordination.

So this has meant, rolling balls, playing with balloons and knocking bottles over with balls on strings.  Some great balance happening on the beam while the balls were being thrown into the hoop as well bouncing on the tramp throwing the balls into the big box.  We have had some fun pushing and chasing the really big balls down the ramp while others rolled the balls down the roller coaster to knock the bottles over (or slid down themselves to knock the bottles over which was just as much fun!)

It's great to see the children coming back to Head Start and using equipment that they didn't even look at last term or others that haven't been for a while amazing Mum and Dad with what they can now do that they didn't before, Awesome!

Have a nice weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week

From the Head Start Team :)