Friday, 27 June 2014

Head Start and Getting Ready for School


Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families
We have had a busy week at our Head Start Headquarters.  As another term comes to a close, we know there are some of our Head Start children going off to school.  As you know, over the terms we look at a foundational skills that all children will need as they move into further education, so I thought you might be interested in looking at what the Ministry of Education has to say about what your child needs to be able to do when they start school.

Check out this Starting School pdf put out by the Ministry of Education at...
http://www.minedu.govt.nz/~/media/MinEdu/Files/Parents/ECE/StartingSchool.pdf

Friday, 20 June 2014

This Weeks Favourite...

Hello to all our Head Start Friends and Families.  This week at our Head Start Headquarters the most favourite activity was the parachute.  Hooked up over the ramp the children had lots of fun and laughter running underneath making their hair stand on end with static electricity. 

It always amazes me how the children use the equipment in our Head Start room, it's great to see them explore and create their own games in ways that I hadn't even thought of, I love it :)

Looking forward to seeing you all next week.  Sign up sheets for term 3 will be out.  Don't forget to remind your friends to sign up as well.

Have a great weekend from the Head Start Team :)

Friday, 13 June 2014

Great Read, Check it Out

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  Short blog this week cause I think this is a great read.  Check it out :0

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it
 
http://www.balancedandbarefoot.com/blog/the-real-reason-why-children-fidget?fb_action_ids=10152182653223450&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.U5oqejTsPwc.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582



Hope you enjoy the read.

Have a great weekend and we will see you next week at our Head Start Headquarters next week.

Cheers from the Head Start Team.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Do you remember.....

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  Do you remember all the little rhymes your mother, father, grandparent, uncle or auntie sung to you when you were little?  Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Two Little Dickie Birds,  Where is the Beehive?  Do you remember all the words and actions that go with them? 

These sorts of rhymes are important for our little ones as they begin to develop hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, counting, and memory to name a few.  How many rhymes do you remember?  Here are a few of my favourites.

The Itsy, Bitsy Spider
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The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
 
Mary Had a Little Lamb
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Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule;
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about
Till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry;
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”
The teacher did reply.
 
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,—
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
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Have fun remembering all the words and actions to your favourite rhymes over this weekend.  Have a great weekend and we will see you next week at our Head Start Headquarters.

From the Head Start Team :)

       
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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Active Body, Active Brain, Active Movement at Head Start

Hello to all our Friends and Families at Head Start.  As you know at Head Start we like to have active bodies, active brains with lots of active movement.  We do this in lots of different ways at our Head Start Headquarters and each week we try and offer it in different ways.  This is because..."The act of playing is an important tool that influences a child’s life. The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and play. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. It is a child’s "job" or "occupation" to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments." - See more at: http://www.aota.org/en/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth/Play.aspx#sthash.AjAgucor.dpuf
 
Did you catch the article about "7 Reasons to Climb UP the Slide" on our Face Book Page, well worth the read if you have time.

If you are looking for more ideas to be interactive with your little ones, don't forget to take a Take Home Sheet with you on the way out the Head Start door.  On these we provide you with some more activities to continue teaching your child the Foundational Skill we have been working on during the session.  

For still more ideas on keeping your little one occupied take a look at www.sparc.org.nz.  They provide you with booklets that come with some great ideas for under 5's.

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.  We look forward to catching up with you all next week at our Head Start Headquarters.

From the Head Start Team