Young children learn by imagining and doing. Have you ever watched a child pick up a stone and pretend it is a zooming car, or hop a Lego across the table as if it were a person or a bunny? The child is using the object to represent something else while giving it action and motion. But this pretend play is not as simple as it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas like Social and Emotional Skills, Language Skills, Nurturing the Imagination and Thinking Skills. At iKhaya the children’s most favourite is dress-up playtime. They get to be anyone they choose (a mother, doctor, princess, superman, pirate and more) and they escape into the Land of Fantasia as their minds and imaginations go wild!
Music… Food for the Soul
Music can have an impact on people of all ages and abilities. Music interventions can help children and adolescents by improving social behaviors and decreasing the inappropriate ones, enhancing focus and attention, increasing vocalizations, gestures, verbalizations and vocabulary comprehension, increasing communication and engagement with others, improving body awareness and coordination and reducing anxiety. Our home is often filled with singing, dancing and movement as the kids praise and worship or engage in play and class teaching activities. We love to include music in the lives of our children as it calms, soothes and encourages recovery or healing. Flute lessons are a great recent addition to our extra curricula activities along with dancing and judo. We have a keyboard and no longer have a teacher. So if you would like to teach piano/ keyboard to our kids give us a shout!
Living and Loving Life
Life is busy, full, noisy and loads of fun in our home. 14 of the 25 kiddies attend local schools while the others remain home. We incorporate many activities and free play into our mornings to stimulate the young minds, mould them and prepare them for life and school to follow. Learning through play, whether formal activities or free play, is the best at this young age. After school the older kids do homework followed by extra mural activities and outings. Fridays and weekends are great for exploring outside of the home and outings to the shops, beach, pool and so on are always looked forward to with great anticipation!
Dearest family and friends of iKhaya
We have had such a busy month arranging Christmas gifts, school uniforms, stationery, Family Christmas Hampers, birthday parties and arrangements for reunification/ discharge of 6 children in December and activities to entertain the children in the upcoming holidays. What I do know is that despite the whirlwind this prep brings, I am humbled by God’s grace, generosity and provision. He is GOOD all the time! I want to take this opportunity to thank our Heavenly Father for blessing our children, staff and this awesome home with all we need and yet more! He is a good, good Father. To each and every person who participated in any way from making the Christmas dreams of ourkids come true, in supplying of stationery and school needs, to the family gifts we say a BIG THANK YOU! Just know that you are a part of God’s master plan in the lives of these precious lives!
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a bright and happy 2020!
With love from Loressa, kids and staff iKhaya