EASTER 2014

2014 

A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE

KEY MESSAGES!!



ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD

DEVELOPMENT STORY KEY MESSAGES

KEY MESSAGE 3

CHILDREN ARE BORN READY TO LEARN
A child’s brain begins developing at conception and during the first five years it grows faster than at any other time in its life.  Children need good early experiences throughout pregnancy and childhood to help build strong brain architecture.



The Butterfly Wings Rhyme of the Month is all about EASTER

The Butterfly Wings Early Years Consultancy Team
encourages everyone in Australia to celebrate a Bilby Easter!!





FIVE LITTLE BILBIES

Five little bilbies fast asleep 
(curl hand into a fist)
One by one – out they creep 
(open up each finger one at a time)
Five little bilbies are wide awake now 
(hold hand up with fingers open)
One by one they give a bow 
(Make each finger bow while counting each finger)
1, 2, 3,4, 5


This simple rhyme can be chanted to very small babies and you can whisper the rhyme to them as well as show them the finger actions.  If your child enjoys the bilby rhyme, chant it once or twice every night.  As they grow older they can join in with some of the words and have a go at telling the bilby story using their own hands. Your child might be able to “ask” for the rhyme by showing you a fist – their first communication!!  This rhyme is also great for
developing fine motor development and early counting skills.

Talking, singing and chanting rhymes can start with a newborn – they are listening and really enjoy hearing your voice.  It helps to develop their receptive language – infants and toddlers understand words but cannot speak.



WORDS OF WISDOM from BUTTERFLY WINGS








REMEMBER - Each child develops at their own pace and in their own way but each need a caring, loving relationship with the adults in their life.


PLEASE NOTE -
Some ideas and activities sourced from the 2012 Children’s Week Challenges, Queensland Health Early Years Initiative, Browns Plains Community Health, Brisbane

Ref: The neuroscience review from the first stage of the Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story identified a number of child development statements - 
Key Messages - to share with parents and the community.  The child development statements convey evidence about the importance of the early years.
Ref: A toolkit for working with families from pre-birth to 8 years ARACY


 Remember to have fun and enjoy being with each other.  
Time is the greatest gift you can give a child.