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ST DUNSTAN'S COLLEGE

Term 1 - Issue 2

From the Headmistress’s Desk

ST DUNSTAN’S ECD CLUSTER MEETING: SOUND SUCCESS:
NURTURING AUDITORY SKILLS IN CHILDREN

Dear Parents and Guardians
Last week, our dedicated team of teachers came together to host an enriching ECD cluster meeting focused on auditory development in children. The session began with an energetic boom whacker session led by the talented Drum Busters team, setting a vibrant tone for the day ahead.

Our lovely speech therapist, Ruthann Sedgwick Amoore, captivated us with a detailed  presentation on auditory processing & development. She shed light on the crucial distinction between hearing and listening and used the opportunity to remind us how the current  eneration’s exposure to shielded faces, masked mouths, and limited social interaction during the Covid lockdown has affected their auditory development.

In an era dominated by visual stimuli and excessive screen time, Ruthann’s presentation underscored the critical importance of nurturing auditory skills in young children. She highlighted the challenges faced by many children today and provided valuable insights into how we can support their auditory development in our classrooms and homes. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated staff for their active participation and commitment to upholding St Dunstan’s reputation in the ECD sector. Special thanks to Ruthann Sedgwick Amoore for her exceptional presentation and unwavering support. It is a
privilege to work alongside such passionate and dedicated individuals.

As we continue to shape the minds of tomorrow, we need to remain steadfast in our commitment to providing holistic education that nurtures not just academic excellence but also the fundamental skills necessary for our children to thrive.

TIPS FOR PARENTS

  1. Read to your child every day, use different voices and tones. Don’t forget to include
  2. nonsense rhyming words and books that rhyme!
  3. Use open-ended questions 3. Sing nursery rhymes to develop phonological awareness
  4. Expose your child to music
  5. Allow your children to explore with a variety of percussion instruments
  6. Play musical statues or musical chairs
  7. Go on a sound walk – What Can You Hear?
  8. Use Body Percussion
  9. Play I-Spy
  10. Record different sounds around the house and allow children to identify them

God Bless,

Abigail Smulders
Headmistress