Good afternoon, parents and Friends,
We have had such fun this past week enjoying and making the most of our hot summer days. Fortunately, we have all these beautiful big trees in the school playground to enjoy the cool shade. The teachers have also taken advantage of this great weather by conducting some of their lessons outdoors. Miss K did a children’s mindfulness lesson in the garden and all the children enjoyed splashing in the paddle pools and running in the sprinkler to tie in with the summer theme.
As lockdown measures are now easing, we need to gain an understanding of what young children have been undergoing during the lockdown period. We need to monitor how they can be best supported to resume a normal life. One of the main concerns that we as Educators have noticed is that it has had an impact on the children’s general academic progress. A number of the children are experiencing sensory integration and processing issues.
Sensory processing is the ability to neurologically organize information that our body picks up from the environment around us. Sensory information is received from the peripheral nervous system, which consists of sensations from the skin, muscles, and our senses, which are then transmitted to the brain. The information is then integrated and the individual has an appropriate and adaptive response. Putting together information from all of these senses allows us to participate in everyday activities. By integrating, or combining all the information we get from our senses, we can make sense of the world around us and successfully move through and interact in our world.
Sensory experiences are essential for brain development in all children. From day one, a child’s brain is wired to use its senses to explore the world around them. The lack of opportunity for physical play and movement for many children during lockdown has thus had an impact on their exposure to sensory experiences.
The importance of playgrounds and the opportunity for lots of large muscle movement for child development has been solidified in recent months. Regardless of age or developmental ability, one of the best places to encourage sensory experiences among children is outdoors and in the playground at school. Sensory play and brain development go hand in hand
Sensory activities have also been expanded beyond the five senses to include a child’s sense of balance and their ability to judge positioning in space. As children grow, their brains — and their sensory development — expand, too. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the importance of sensory skills in a child’s development. Sensory learning has been incorporated into the classroom and has been found to be incredibly effective when sensory learning is incorporated into play. This is where the term “sensory play” comes in.
Play discharges energy and movement which involves all senses. Jumping skipping, swinging and rocking stimulates your body and your brain and enables the five sensory systems (proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile, visual, and auditory) to connect with one another.
Parents play a key role in making sure their children have an opportunity to be physically active. So, limit screen time and too much lying on the couch and get your child outdoors, riding bicycles, climbing trees, swimming and walks in the park areas in your suburb.
Please remember to have a look at the school calendar on the website, so you can diarise all the upcoming events at school, during this busy season for all.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Cheryl de Melo.
|Literacy||Numeracy||Perceptual||Life Skills||Gross Motor Skills|
|*Revise all the sounds / letters.|
s,- a, -t
*Use the letters above to make CVC words.
– sat, cat, tap
1 + 1 =
2 + 2 =
3 + 3 =
etc up to
9 + 9 =
|Practise your telephone number and address||Science Around Us|
Do a simple experiment together with your child.
Let him/her explain the procedure and conclusion of the experiment.
Eg: Sink or float – Let your child place 4 different objects in a tub of water
|Bounce,dribble,kick, catch and throw a bouncy ball|
PLEASE note as per school rules all times must be strictly adhered to for the smooth operation of the school. All children must be at school by 7h50 in the morning. The academic day finishes at 13h00 for the Grade 0’s and at 13h30 on a Monday and Wednesday for Foundation Phase learners. The Educators use this time for preparation for the following day and are thus not available to supervise the “late” children. When Aftercare starts all the children enrolled in Aftercare are brought into the Aftercare room for lunch. It is awkward and unfair for the children not enrolled to be excluded. Please adhere to all school times. Thank you.
Please note our bike days are as follows:
Yellow – Tuesday
Orange – Thursday
Hats, Water bottles and Sunblock
Summer is definitely here! Please send your child’s hat, water bottle and apply sunblock daily. Thank you. Please make sure everything is labeled.
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