As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward...
Happy World Teachers Day! Every now and then, I still find myself questioning why and how I happened to fall into teaching. I still haven’t figured out the answer to that, but every...
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It’s been a while since I posted something about preschool, but since I got asked the question, I guess it’s a good time to answer it First of all, let me share why giving children fine motor skills activities is important. Well, here’s something to think about: Imagine writing your name with your non-dominant hand, it’s hard, right? Why is it difficult? Simple: the skill is underdeveloped. Coordination is difficult as well.
Developing fine motor skills, in tandem with hand-eye coordination, is essential in basic academic tasks and in many of our life skills as well. Writing,for example, begins with well developed fine motor skills. Sadly, nowadays children are forced to develop penmanship skills even before they are ready.
Working on fine motor abilities, such as hand/finger dexterity, flexibility in the wrist, and small and controlled movements will help them achieve academic competencies with more ease and less discomfort. Plus it tends to be more developmentally appropriate.
Activities that can help include:
1. Paper Tearing – give them sheets of colored paper (or even scratch paper or old magazines) and work on tearing them into small pieces. At first, you will observe that they will grasp with all fingers coming into a fist. Over time, they will learn to use the fingers with more flexibility and control.
2. Play dough – allow them to work through the dough and watch how they manipulate it to shapes. Eventually they will learn to roll, mold, shape and piece together, other than pound and throw only
3. Barrel Beads – this is best type of bead to begin with because they’re large enough to hold and with large holes to shoot string through. Not recommended for very young children though, more for the older groups. Over time, they can graduate to decorative beads. Maybe some of them might even discover paper beads or jewelry beads. Who knows, maybe someday one of them will end up being a jewelry designer for and you can order their pieces online, such as from JoyJewelers.com or even Instagram of Facebook!
4. Finger paints – the use of finger paints give them more of a hands-on (literally) experience rather than just paintbrushes. Nonetheless, paintbrushes are also awesome.
5. Lacing/Sewing cards – these are great tools to teach wrist flexibility and concentration.
There are many other activities that can help, but I guess this is good for now Please do drop me a line for suggestions or other questions!Read More
One of the things I have been learning to do lately is to just allow myself to “sing”. Well, not really sing a song on stage or anything like that, but this Teacher is finally learning to OM in yoga class, sing a SHORT line of a song in class to drive home a point, and to just not care what I sound like.
Well, that’s not 100% true. I still care, but I don’t let it bother me I think I should get a cool emg banjo pickup online and a ukelele or a harmonica so it’s not so bad.NYAHAHA.Read More
At long last, I finally decided to upgrade my laptop. Woohoo. It was a bit of a random decision to get it, I must admit, but definitely long needed. I even splurged and got a few accessories for my new MacBook Air Got a VGA connector and a pretty teal Speck case. An upside to having waited so long for this upgrade: got my Pages, Numbers and Keynote ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! Woohooooo.Read More
Much as I do not like to admit it, the best way to really get people to learn is through the magic of sound. Especially when it comes to kids. Since I started incorporating more sounds into my kids yoga classes, they have turned out much better. This makes me want to start rebuilding my instrument and sound maker collections again. I used to have a rain stick, a few harmonicas, a couple of tambourines, and some home made drums. But because I thought I did not need them anymore, I left them in the old preschool I used to teach in. Boo. Time to start over. Perhaps I should start with some pickup covers at Musicians Friend. Haha.Read More
Pausing from the craziness of catching up on grades, reading reports, and finalizing papers to greet all of you a
This year has been a crazy busy one, but that’s gotta be good thing, yes? Looking forward to what 2014 brings!!!Read More
Note: I am sharing this thank you note that I had written in celebration of my graduation last October. It took me a long time to finally hurdle my thesis, but I finally did it! I can now get rid of all those cheap presentation folders and transforms all those printed out journal articles into scratch paper, haha
Anyway, here goes:
When I was a child, I wanted to be a storyteller.Read More
I’ve been so engrossed in things that I’ve barely kept track of this site. Of all my sites. Haha. I blame this on all those social networking sites that just allow instant posting. Haha. I wish there was an easier app that links to my blog I tell ya. Is there one????Read More
I recently got to join the latest batch of Beyond Yoga’s teacher training graduates celebrate the completion on their program. It was such a nostalgic feeling to be there exactly one year from the time I had set off for my own teacher training graduation retreat. This year, not only did I get to celebrate with my little yogi brothers and sisters, but I had the privilege of being one of their guest teachers in their training where I lectured about yoga and psychology (apparently getting my Master’s Degree had much more fringe benefits than I had expected haha).
As always, we marked the occasion with some kirtan. We did not have a kirtan band this time, but we all got together and just rocked it out It kinda made me want to take music lessons again haha. Perhaps an online program? I should get me one of those Music Man Guitars! Nyahaha. In any case, kirtan sessions always bring out that little lost musician in me. Maybe someday she will find her true voice, in the meantime, she can remain lost in tune. haha.Read More
It’s amazing how fast time flies. Once again, Christmas is right around the corner. While many of us may not feel the Christmas spirit, due to all the disasters our world has faced these past few months, it is important to pause and be grateful for all the good that has happened, EVEN IF. I take inspiration from all those who survived and made it through difficult times. I see them still smile on news reports and photos despite the horrific things they have encountered. And so as the news feeds change on my Facebook timeline and people start putting up their Christmas trees and setting up their miniature Christmas villages (speaking of which, click here for lemax Christmas village accessories), I pause with gratitude for what 2013 has brought.Read More