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