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  • Breakfast with Daddy
  • Mayhem bike riding, Mischief finds bits n bobs around the house

Pretend play- imagination,  communication, role-playing …Mayhem yells …”Oh No Mummy,  there’s crocodiles!…Quick Mischief,  pedal quickly before they get you!”. Mischief finds things around the house- sits down to read a book,  swings a ruler around,  brings in a measuring tape which Mayhem decides to use to measure Monkey’s bassinet. 

What may seem to be a simple and uncomplicated way for children to entertain themselves is actually a complex process that affects all aspects of a child’s life. http://www.childdevelopmentmedia.com/articles/play-the-work-of-lev-vygotsky/

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  • Mayhem goes to Kindy for the day
  • Mischief watches ‘Your Baby can Read’ DVD and has morning tea
  • Listen to YouTube music Playlist

Mischief loves to listen to the music, move her little body and stop sometimes to watch the video clip – it’s a great sensory experience for our wee tot.

  • Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
  • Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC’s without the ABC song?
  • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.
  • Music is perfectly designed for training children’s listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child’s desire for language, the body’s urge to move, the brain’s attention to patterns, the ear’s lead in initiating communication, the voice’s response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
  • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.
  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.
  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation. Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.

http://www.musikgarten.org/music_movement.cfm

  • Nap (Mama stays home with Mischief)

Sleep researchers offer the first research results showing that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memory.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130923155534.htm

  • Monkey attends Daddy’s graduation ceremony with mummy
  • Mischief picks Mayhem up from Kindy with Mama
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Play on Bikes with Daddy

Building and strengthening  relationships.

It’s through relationships that children learn more about their world – how to think, understand, communicate, behave, show emotions, develop social skills and move around.

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/child_development_relationships.html

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  • Play dress ups with Mummy

Creative thinking, role-playing, language, communication, expression.

make-believe games are forerunners of the important capacity for forms of self-regulation including reduced aggression, delay of gratification, civility, and empathy. When children use toys to  introduce possible scenarios or friends, the representation of multiple perspectives occurs naturally.            https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beautiful-minds/201203/the-need-pretend-play-in-child-development

  • Bubbles

Awe, wonder, eye tracking, action- reaction.

Bubble games boost eye-hand coordination and gross motor skills, as well as language development (“Wow, that big one is really high up!”). Plus, your youngster will learn about cause and effect (blow through the wand gently and watch what happens!) and basic physics (bubbles are actually round pockets of air or other gases encased in liquid — but you knew that, right?).

http://www.whattoexpect.com/learning-curve/toddler-activities/bubbles.aspx

  • Pick Beans from the veggie garden

Health /Nutrition,  Horticulture, Nature, Food/ Plant recognition, Colour recognition, language. We find the big purple Beans and the big green beans, we pick them, the kids look and observe, rolling them between their fingers, their eyes light up and they squeal with excitement as they run to show Daddy and Mama. We find a snail in the garden, Mayhem quickly scoops it up and shows Dad.. he can be found soon after in the kitchen with his cutlery knife trying to chop his Beans- he wants to make a green smoothie.

Children learn from growing things.

People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but children in particular will have lots of fun and gain special benefits. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamworkCreativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
  • Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/gardening-for-children

  • Bath outside
  • PJS/ Dinner
  • Watch ‘How to Train your Dragon 2’

It’s a story about accepting responsibility and explores the ways in which leaders are formed.

http://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/how-to-train-your-dragon-2.html

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  • Bed Time – Sweet Dreams.

 

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