'Sound Play' class helps young children in Port Pirie

HAVING FUN: Sophia Beaumont, 3, second from left, and Lucas Middleton, 3, enjoyed some learning moments with mothers Amy Beaumont, left, and Sarah Middleton.

HAVING FUN: Sophia Beaumont, 3, second from left, and Lucas Middleton, 3, enjoyed some learning moments with mothers Amy Beaumont, left, and Sarah Middleton.

At the age of just two and three years old, some students-of-the-future are already entering the classroom.

SKILLS: Keesha Sherry, 3, left, and her sister Kaleesha, 4, develop their skills in the nurturing environment of the Sound Play sessions at Mid North Christian College.

SKILLS: Keesha Sherry, 3, left, and her sister Kaleesha, 4, develop their skills in the nurturing environment of the Sound Play sessions at Mid North Christian College.

Mid North Christian College earlier this year launched its Sound Play sessions designed to help with motor skills, letter recognition, balance and puzzle-solving.

The classes have been a resounding success with up to a dozen children taking part.

Sarah Middleton has taken her son, Lucas, 3, to the sessions.

“He never had any interest in letter sounds before, but now he can recognise five letters,” she said.

“He has become more interested in drawing and writing.”

Amy Beaumont said her daughter, Sophia, 3, was talking a lot more as a result of attending the college.

“She looks forward to coming each week. She enjoys the social side of it and the songs,” she said.

Crystal Power brought along her cousins Keesha Sherry, 3, and Kaleesha Sherry, 4.

“My Mum said they have a blast here. They always have fun from what I have heard,” she said.

Organiser Alison Clarke displayed a sign which said the students were “playfully preparing for school”, learning fine motor skills and enjoying active play, music and story time.

“They also learn gross motor skills through playing, balancing and throwing and progress through puzzles as well as use kinetic sand,” she said.

“Kinetic sand sticks together … you can do lots of shaping with it and it is really good for their fine motor skills.

“When we started, we noticed that one of the things that was missing with children when starting school was fine motor skills such as holding their pens.

“They didn’t have the strength in their fingers to hold the pencil correctly.”

The sessions are conducted once a week each term in what is almost a “pre-preschool” group.

It seems you are never too young to learn.

Learning is a life-long pursuit that begins in the womb and develops in babyhood.

Toddler classes at the college are another step toward education.

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