This would have to be my favourite post – LaunchPad: Little Learners Hub!
LaunchPad is a school readiness program for kids aged 3-5. They focus on phonetic awareness through sound and basic math concepts, using a fun and multi-sensory approach.
Each week the lovely Ms Danni and Mrs Bianca run small classes with ‘Milo the Monkey’s Birthday Surprise’. Each week they are introduced to different things like music, arts and crafts, puppets, card games and lots of hand/eye co-ordination activities to help with their fine motor skills! The emphasis of this program is on hearing, saying, reading, spelling, pronouncing and writing – and of course, having a great time!
My 4 year old started the program in January. He didn’t really ‘get’ numbes and letters and we struggled to hold his attention on the topic. Eleven months later he can now write, sound and spell his name. He can confidently identify letters and even some basic words. Most importantly for us, he makes the connection between letters, numbers and words! For me, the program has been fantastic and he’s definitely more confident and engaged. Seeing his face after writing his name on his Prep Orientation form or writing ‘happy birthday daddy’ on a card was priceless!
If you haven’t heard of it yet and are interested in this sort of thing, please do yourself a favour and jump onto their website http://launchpadlearning.net.au/.
We’ve always been a bit torn about putting the boys in Taekwondo. I’d always put it off – ‘he’s just a baby’, ‘I don’t want him fighting’, ‘it’s too rough’ blah blah blah! Well I’ve come full circle!
We used to live down the road from a Team Carlo franchise and would see all the kids coming and going in their Taekwondo gear, so much excitement on their faces!
We did a bit of research and it became clear it was less about fighting and more of a structured learning prorgram, particularly for young kids.
At the start of he year, we put our oldest in Taekinda at Team Carlo, a preschool readiness program, and have been so happy with his development. The program is based on age-appropriate skills such as kicking, punching, blocking, crawlling, hopping, rolling, running and catching, all in a fun and engaging way.
Every week, kids get rewarded with a new stripe on their belt (a piece of electrical tape!) as they work their way up to a new belt color. Let me tell you, the ceremony where he received a new belt brought a tear to my eye (and I’m a bit of a hard ass, just ask my family and friends)!
I’m not going to lie, seeing my little man in his Taekwondo outfit, running around pretending to be a ninja warrior, laughing, meeting new people and learning new things has really warmed my heart! It came with a ‘I told you so’ from the hubby, I suppose there’s a first time for everything!
For further information please visit their website https://www.teamcarlo.com.au/
If you’re like me and quiver at the sound of your children asking to play with paint, get anxious at the sight of play doh mixing together or just not a fan of messy play in general, then boy have I got the place for you!
It’s called Craftercise!
Located in Airport West, I think I cried when it opened in my old stomping ground because at that time I was at home with two kids under two! This place was, and continues to be, a godsent for me and a real winner with the little ones!
Craftercise is run by the dynamic duo Aleisha and Amanda who are both qualified PE teachers and mums themselves, so they understand the benefit of kids making a mess somewhere other than your own home!
I’ve seen kids from 6 months through to 5 years enjoying themselves and learning through play. Every week there’s a different theme and kids get the opportunity to play in circuit based activities using soft play, recycled equipment, musical instruments and sensory play. Nothing is off limits – there’s play doh, sand, water, paint, glitter, slime, beans, pasta, watermelon – nothing your child won’t love touching (or eating).
While of course, it’s all about the children, the best part is that the mess stays there and you don’t have to clean a thing (well maybe your child’s hand, face and clothes, but they’re minor details). Fact is the real mess starts there and finishes there!
They also cater for birthdays too which I think is fantastic – I’m hosting my threenager’s ‘Blaze’ themed party there for sure.
Check out their website www.craftercise.com.au or give the girls a call.