Round and Round the Bushland

2014

A YEAR OF NEUROSCIENCE KEY MESSAGES

ENGAGING FAMILIES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD

DEVELOPMENT STORY KEY MESSAGES

KEY MESSAGE 6

CHILDREN’S WELLBEING IS CRITICAL TO
BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING

Wellbeing is an indicator of healthy brain development and functioning.  It is linked with self regulation, improved problem solving and effective learning.  Wellbeing incorporates physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects which are interrelated and synergistic.
Characteristics of wellbeing include spontaneity, openness to the world, being energetic
and confident, relaxed and enjoying life.



A SECURE ATTACHMENT is important for increased wellbeing.  
Singing rhymes, songs and telling stories is a good way to help develop attachment.



ROUND AND ROUND THE BUSH LAND



Done on a child’s open hand or on the sole of their foot. 
“Jump” or “Hop” up the child’s arm/leg, hesitate, and give a big tickle at the end!

Round and round the bush land
Like a kangaroo
One jump, two jumps …….
A tickle here for you!



Round and round the bush land
Like a wallaby
One hop, two hops ………
Another tickle from me!!

Traditional - adapted




Touching baby’s open hand or the sole of their feet, follow the actions in the rhyme.  (Same as “Round and round the garden”) Give your child a big hug and tickle at the end of each verse and join in the laughing and giggling with them.



THIS LITTLE JOEY

Massage each finger slowly as you chant this rhyme

This little joey went out bush
This little joey stayed at home
This little joey ate some grass
And this little joey had none
But this little joey went
hippety hoppety hippety hoppety
All the way home!


Massage each finger slowly from the bottom to the top as you chant this rhyme looking into your child’s eyes and being very serious until you do hippety hopppety up the child’s arm
and give them a big tickle
.



These two rhymes using a child’s hand or foot helps to release the primitive palmar reflex (hand) and the plantar reflex (foot).  As the babies hands and feet are touched gently, messages are sent to the brain and build up pathways leading to more confidence with using their hands and feet.  There are lots of prediction skills and anticipation in these two rhymes, helping to build up self control. Relationships are strengthened as both you and your child experience the fun and laughter at the end of each rhyme.  Children are also learning new vocabulary and will use three of their senses –sight, listening and touch.These are rhymes which will grow with your child and you can use them anywhere – at the doctors, teach grandma, and a fun rhyme before bed time for many years – even seven and eight year old children will join in the fun.   





These are wonderful fun, multisensory learning activities for the whole family.






BUTTERFLY WINGS WORDS OF WISDOM
  • Positive wellbeing in children sets them on a trajectory for healthy brain development and academic achievement.

  • Wellbeing includes the integration of physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development.
  • Children need adult support to build positive relationships.
  • Relationship and connection is the key to wellbeing – it builds understanding of others, empathy and trust in children.
  • Encourage the use of humour and positive feelings to enhance a child’s development.

  • Use touch to calm children including lots of cuddles, hugs and rocking.
  • Look for children’s strengths to encourage and build on.




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.