Monday, 23 February 2015

Oral Language Skills

Have you thought about how you express yourself. what your voice sounds like when you are in a rush, when you are anxious, scared or angry.  These pitches in your voice are often what your child picks up on and it is how they learn to respond to different situations.  They also learn the language that comes with those situations as often these are short phases or one word which is often at the developmental level of language our young children are banking in their word banks.

Children learn by listening and watching.  Reading stories is a great way for our children to learn about language.  Listening to the pitch in your voice as you read Dr Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham" talking to them as you go round the supermarket or pointing out letters and numbers on signs as you go for a walk all help our children with language.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 

We look forward to spending another week with you this week and we discover and explore Gross Motor Skills.

From the Head Start Team

Monday, 16 February 2015

Welcome To Head Start 2015

What is HEAD START??

Head Start is an active movement programme for kids. It's FUN! Early movement experiences influence the way the brain develops and establishes foundational skills for future learning.  PLAY with PURPOSE!

It was developed by Anna Baker (Occupational Therapist), Mark Shirley and Lizz Carrington (Physiotherapists) IS RUN BY PROFESSIONALS!  Jo (Occupational Therapist) and Becky (Physiotherapist) are experienced therapists who love working with children to help them reach their full potential.

Children attend a 45minute session with their parents participating in semi structured activities. HEAD START uses fun activities which are carefully designed to help maximise your preschool child's development.  Classes for under 2's and over 2's.  Developing skills for school.

CONTINUE DEVELOPING AT HOME!  TAKE HOME SHEETS every week with more ideas to follow through with:)

Visit us at www.headstart.net.nz for more come follow us on Face Book give us a call to enrol (03) 487 9698.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again this week as we look at our first building block for the new year, Oral Language.

From the Head Start Team