Friday, 28 November 2014

Busy Bag Exchange

Well the Busy Bag evening didn't quite go as planned but thanks to Michelle, Shelley, Anita and Jo we did get four very cool bags to exchange. With Christmas just about here these will keep the little ones busy while Mum cooks the Christmas dinner, or travelling in the car :)

This activity is great for fine
motor skills sequencing and
colours.  It can make a chain
or a big long coloured snake:)
Fantastic lacing busy bag.
Great for fine motor,
hand-eye coordination
 



Build a tower, create letters,
make shapes or build a house
on the floor or in the bath

Lots of number recognition,
matching patterns of
dots with the right number

The Christmas decorations have started to appear at our Head Start Headquarters and the Christmas songs are on the play list, with only 2 more weeks of Head Start we are looking forward to lots of Jingle Bells, smiles and excitement as the year winds up.

Hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing you at our Head Start Headquarters next week :)

From the Head Start Team :)

Thursday, 20 November 2014

C..h..r..i..s..t

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.
This week is our favourite week in the Head Start programme, touch. Have you ever thought about how you learnt to like something or dislike something??  Do you remember smelling something  and have it remind you of your Nana, or someone close to you?  This is your sensory system working.

For children touch is their strongest sense and the one they learn the most from. Sensory receptors on the skin send messages to the brain and make new connections. As children grow touch helps them learn about themselves and the world around them. I say let them explore by feeling, smelling, tasting, listening, watching and experimenting with movement.

Check out this story to see how one school is helping children who have Sensory Processing difficulties:
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/7154743-74/sensory-primary-butler#axzz3JG4oYWLg

Also not too late to sign up for our Busy Bag night, its shaping up to be a lot of fun :)

Have a great week

Cheers for the Head Start Team

Thursday, 6 November 2014

C..h..r..i

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families.  As the term ticks over it is hard to know if you leave the house is winter clothes or summer :) This week we have been "looking" at vision with lots of eye tracking activities and exploring dark caves with a torch spotting all the exciting objects hiding in the dark.

Don't forget:  
Christmas BUSY BAG EXCHANGE!

When: Thursday 27 November
Where: 350 South Road
Time: 7:30pm

After such a successful Busy Bag evening and lots of hints from you all we are going to do it again.
Registar your interest with me via email joanne.hawker@ratasouth.co.nz or phone us at (03) 487 9698
 
This game produced the BEST laughs and giggles
from our Head Start groups on Thursday :)
 
Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you all at our Head Start headquarters next week.

Cheers from the Head Start Team :)