Friday, 26 September 2014

Another Head Start Favourite

Hi to all our Head Start friends and families. 
Well it's hard to believe we have come to the end of term 3, 2014.  We have had lots of fun this term and the children all seem to be really enjoying the programme. 
The biggest thing I have notice in the groups over this term is the social interaction that is happening.  The big "Hello James" or "here comes Thomas" and "where is Connor today?" tells me the children are building great friendships and relationships with their Head Start buddies.  This is also evident with the Mums, Dads Grandparents and carers that bring the children to Head Start, when they all want to go for a coffee together after the group, love it!
This week I have provided the words for another very favourite song that we have had throughout this term which has provided lots of Head Start smiles and social interaction.
Stretchy Cord
Hebi Ring 8 Metresby Janet Channon
 Swing left, swing right,
Swing left, swing right,
Hold on, hold tightly,
Swing left, swing right.
Swing left, swing right,
Swing left, swing right,
Hold on, hold tightly,
Swing left, swing right.
Pass the ring along,
Sing a stretchy cord song,
Pass the ring along,
Sing a song, sing a song,
Roll big circles around and then
Roll and then we swing it again.
Swing left, swing right…
Goodbye, I’m going backwards,
I’ll see you later friends,
Hello, it’s good to see you,
You all came back again.
I have to go away,
So sad I know,
Hold it, hold it,
Then let it GO!
Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to next term (beginning Tuesday 14 October, 10.15am Under 2's and 11.15am Over 2's) at our Head Start Headquarters. 
Cheers from the Head Start Team
PS Don't forget to enrol for term 4 if you haven't already :)


Thursday, 18 September 2014

One, two, three, four, five bzzzzzzz

Here is a beehive. Where are the bees?
(hold up fist)

Hidden away where nobody sees.
(move other hand around fist)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
(bend head close to fist)

One, two, three, four, five.
(hold fingers up one at a time)

Bzzzzzzzz… all fly away!
(wave fingers)

This has been a favourite at Head Start this term. If anyone has a song request for the last week, let me know :)

Have a great week and if you are out and about on Sunday pop in and see the Head Start Team at the Baby and Child show at the Edgar Centre between 10am and 3pm.


From the Head Start Team

Friday, 12 September 2014

Visual Figure Ground

Only two weeks of Head Start to go before we have a little break before the silly season starts.  This week we have been looking at Visual Figure Ground.  This is the ability to discriminate between visual foreground and backgrounds. For example, being able to pick out patterns amongst a busy backdrop or finding a specific can on a shelf full of cans at the supermarket! This is an important skill to improve visual perception and helps your child to focus on something specific amongst other visual stimuli, for example, finding their spot on a page or on the blackboard when reading

Where's Wally is a great way to practise Visual Figure Ground

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring

From the Head Start Team

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Auditory Figure Ground - Moo moo, woof woof

This week has been really interesting.  Watching the Head Start children engaged in the activities around the room, there were very few who actually stopped what they were doing when the animal sounds came on throughout the session.  They were all focused on what they were doing and listening to instructions from Mum, Dad, Nanny or grandparents.

Some take home ideas:

  • spend time during the day in a quiet environment.  Only have one 'noise' on at a time
  • When you are out, spend time listening to different noises and discussing what they are and where they have come from
  • have a picnic in a noisy environment, like the playground or at the pool - spend time listening and identifying different noises
  • provide your child with clear concise instructions, especially in a busy environment.  Get down to their level and look them in the eye when you are talking to them to help draw their attention to you.
Don't forget to have fun this weekend and with the sun shinning and the days a little longer take the opportunity to go out and listen to the birds as they roost or watch the sun set at the beach :)

See you all next week at our Head Start Headquarters

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