Hugs and Kisses

2014 

A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE KEY MESSAGES!!


ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT STORY
KEY MESSAGES
KEY MESSAGE 4





THE BEST LEARNING HAPPENS IN NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS

The active ingredient in brain development is relationships. Children’s brains develop best when they feel loved and secure, when they experience a warm and calm environment and when people pay attention and respond to their needs.


RHYMES AND SONGS TO CREATE A WARM AND
LOVING ENVIRONMENT WITH YOUR CHILD

HUGS AND KISSES
Tune: London Bridge
Hugs and kisses I love you
I love you I love you
Hugs and kisses I Iove you
You’re so special
Traditional – adapted




Hold your child in a big hug and gently rock them from side to side to the beat of the song.  Sing the song over and over again.  This is a wonderful song to include in your night-time routine. If you sing the song in a whispery voice you can even calm them to help them go to sleep.

 

INTRODUCE SOME SIMPLE SIGNING! 

Hugs – pretend to give yourself a hug



Kisses – blow a kiss to your child



I
– point to yourself



Love - both hands over your heart



You – point to your child, move closer, rub noses, hug



You’re so special – a great big hug and kiss



WEE WIGGLE
On a child’s fingers or toes 
Wee wiggle 
(touch one finger/toe)
Two tickle 
(touch second finger/toe)
Three giggle 
(touch third finger/toe)
Four sneeze   
AAAAAAACHOOOOOOO!
Five ………….GOBBLE 
(Hesitate and then pretend to gobble up child’s fingers or toes)
Traditional





Say this rhyme slowly and carefully touch each finger or toe.  Exaggerate the sneeze – not the first time as you don’t want to scare them!!  Children love to have their feet (or fingers) gobbled up and should be shrieking with laughter.  Chances are – if they can speak – they will say “AGAIN!”
Don’t forget to use both of your child’s hands and feet in this rhyme as children do not determine their dominant hand/foot for a long time. Messages should be sent to the two sides of brain to set up neural pathways for both.

Both these rhymes will create a fun, interactive environment for you and your child with lots of loving, laughing and sharing – perfect for lots of learning!

WORDS OF WISDOM

PLEASE NOTE - Some ideas and activities for these rhymes of the month were 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.