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Playball Certificate Evening (2015-11-19) Photo Gallery 19 NOV 2015

One of the best extramural activities that we ever enrolled Jessica into at Vergeet-My-Nie playschool has to be without a shadow of a doubt Playball.

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Established in 1986 (and offered in numerous countries), Playball is essentially a sports coaching system for children between the ages of 2-8.

The primary objectives are to improve basic movement and sports-related skills, but at the same time to also develop kids’ cognitive abilities and group social skills.

Each age group has a specific programme which is adhered to, and with this evening’s certificate ceremony done and dusted, Jessica has now progressed through two of these levels during her time at Vergeet-My-Nie.

(Next year she is off to Gordon’s Bay Primary, which is of course a whole new kettle of fish!)

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In terms of the programmes that she’s now done:

Ages 3+ Programme: This program covers the following basic areas and provides a sound foundation for the next age group.

1. Introduction to basic ball skills.
2. Development of student’s enjoyment for sport.
3. Confidence to participate in sporting activities.
4. Social integration with other students.
5. Development of concentration.

The emphasis is on having fun and playing games with a ball so that the child’s first introduction to sport is a happy and positive one.

Ages 4+ Programme: This program covers the sections listed below and provides students with a solid grounding and a basic competence in ball skills. The children are exposed to a wide variety of different skills in each lesson. It is in this stage that they have the opportunity to practice the skills more rigorously developing competence.

1. Development of a wide variety of ball skills.
2. Emphasis on individual participation.
3. Overcoming the fears that dis-encourage sports participation.
4. Introduction to organized ball skill activities.

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Already behind in terms of physical prowess thanks to her prematurity, Jessica has benefitted immensely from this very structured programme of play, and I am thoroughly impressed at just how much her motor skills have improved thanks to all the hard work from the great Playball team.

In other words, if you have the opportunity then I would definitely recommend enrolling your kids into something like this! :)

Related Link: Playball

Jessica’s Vergeet-My-Nie School Concert (2015-10-17) Photo Gallery 11 NOV 2015

One Saturday morning, mid October, saw both both sets of grandparents (plus one uncle and one aunt) descend upon Gordon’s Bay to join us for Jessica’s playschool musical concert, simply entitled “The Art of Noise”.

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The Vergeet-My-Nie Playschool teachers had all been working hard with the kids leading up to the concert (which as I suspect might very well be akin to herding cats), and truth be told, I was rather looking forward to seeing Jessica in costume and up on stage – seeing as I had missed her first ever concert last year due to me being away in Japan at the time!

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With Chantelle helping at the door with ticket collection, it was up to me to bring Emily through, where we linked up with everyone already there and took our seats in a rapidly filling Gordon’s Bay Primary school hall (co-incidentally, the school which Jessica starts attending next year).

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What followed was a super cute (and noisy) production where the kids with their song and dance routines were without a doubt the stars. I have to say, I was super impressed at just how awesome a performer Jessica is – certainly no such thing as stage fright for my little girl!

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(She was similarly as chuffed as I was with her performance post concert mind you!)

After collecting all Jessica’s art (which the school had laid out for the parents to view), we ended off the morning by heading back to our place for a nice family braai, followed by a rather tense quarterfinal World Cup Rugby match which thankfully the Springbok team actually won!

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Oh, and thanks to Cara and Jess, the grandparents even got to see a bit of Frozen for the (amazingly) very first time!

Related Link: Vergeet-My-Nie Playschool

Vergeet-My-Nie Year End Picnic (2014-12-10) Photo Gallery 17 JAN 2015

Last year Jessica’s awesome playschool Vergeet-My-Nie ended off their year with a big weekday morning picnic, to which all the parents, grandparents, and whomever else wanted to come along were invited. We were treated to a beautiful Summer’s day with fantastic sunshine, soft grass, and of course large patches of shade provided by the multitude of trees standing tall in the picnic area at Helderberg Nature Reserve.

The kids were out in force, the teachers (complete with Santa hats) had their hands full, and it quickly became apparent that this was to be a day of play and certainly not a day of structured activity!

Songs were sung, prizes handed out (Jessica loved receiving her little ballet certificate), and of course a few Christmas-themed snacks made their way into the crowd. The parents had been instructed to drop off a gift for their child earlier in the week, meaning that there was even a chance for some much enjoyed present handing out – which as you can see, Jess was more than just a little enthralled with! :)

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All in all, it was a awesome morning out with Jessica (we left Emily at Baby Steps creche in order to give Jess our full attention), and Chantelle turned out to be pretty popular whilst manning the climbing wall and fireman’s pole! (I lucked out – my injured knee meant I wasn’t overrun with hyperactive kiddies!)

In fact, Jessica must have had a ball – seeing as she pretty much passed out once we got back into the car!