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Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills
Ideas for improving fine motor skills in Pre-K/ Preschool children. Find more fine motor ideas on the Fine Motor Skills Resource Page Fine Motor Skills is one of the main areas I sought to improve in my Pre-K classroom this past year (2008-09). I think fine motor is an area which is often overlooked, yet it is so important. Fine motor skills are the foundation children need before they learn handwriting, in order to have proper pencil grasp and control of a writing instrument. My goals were to increase the fine motor materials available in our classroom environment, and to plan activities and materials that are interesting and fun so that children would be motivated to use them and would choose them during their free choice time. Water Drops with Suction Cups The little suction cups on the bottom of these bathtub shapes become mini bowls when turned upside down and used in this activity. Beads with Suction Cups These are the same bathtub shapes as in the above activity. Clothesline Mosaic

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Process Art In the Early Childhood Classroom - Twodaloo Last updated Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Today was another parent helper day in the 2s and 3s class at the co-op, and I had a fantastic time (I think the kids had fun, too)! The theme for the next two weeks is “outdoor fun,” so we celebrated the beautiful spring day with one of the twins’ favorite process art activities from last summer- making a giant Rainbow Bubble Wrap Tree.

Kindergarten-Preschool Family and Pets Theme Printables Kindergarten Printable Reader 1 - "Families" The Family Book by Todd Parr is a wonderful book to read to the children. It points out the differences within family structures. After reading the book to the children, the emergent reader "Families" could be used as a follow-up activity . STEM Challenge for Kids: Design a Paper Plate Marble Maze In this STEM challenge for kids, children will create a paper plate marble maze game inspired by pinball machines using just a few common craft supplies and a marble. Follow our STEM for Kids Pinterest board! In our most recent science club, I challenged my students to create a pinball-like marble maze game using a paper plate, some basic craft supplies, and marbles. Kids created all kinds of cool structures on their paper plates for their marbles to go through as they tilted the plate different directions using their hands. This post contains affiliate links.

Popsicle patterns, lines, and designs in preschool In my previous post, I shared with you our popsicle water color paint and today I want to share with you our exploration of popsicle patterns, lines, and designs in our preschool classroom… This was a simple process that the children explored. To set it up, I used crayons to draw simple patterns, lines, and designs on squares of paper. The colors I used were the same as the colors of popsicle sticks… Money/Math Activities for Pre-School Money/Math Activities for Pre-School Lesson Author : Karen Cox School Affiliation: St. Teresa School, Albany, GA

scissor skills exercises for kids - developing cutting skills in toddlers 5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills. A couple of questions that I often hear from parents with young children are: “how can I help my child improve her scissor skills“, and “when should my child start using scissors“. Read on to see how I introduce the hooligans, at a young age, to using scissors with a variety of fun and simple materials for cutting. We don’t have an end result in mind when we’re using these materials. These activities are experimenting, having fun, and the excitement that the little ones express whey they have success.

Working-Memory-and-Education - Introduction to Working Memory (WM) References for this Page Wiki Created By Carren Tatton Tracy Packiam Alloway - Educational Research and Reviews Vol. 1 (4), pp. 134-139, July 2006 Podcast from Tracy Alloway Memory and Learning website: What Is WM The Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch model of working memory is the most commonly accepted and describes a hierarchical memory structure that involves: Central Executive – decision/ attention controlling and controls subsystems of the Episodic Buffer, Phonological Loop and Visual Spatial Sketch Pad. Episodic Buffer – Sequences and links visual and verbal information to long term memory. Phonological Loop - Stores and rehearses speech-based information.Visuospatial Sketch Pad - Manipulates visual images

Sunshine Theme Paper Plate Sun Materials: paper plate(large), yellow paint, glue, yellow strips of paper(rays of sun) Directions: Paint Chip Phonics I found a great idea on The Snail’s Tail. She really does a good job of explaining it on her site, but I’ll try to do it here too. The idea is to practice the consonants, blends, digraphs and common word families. I have to admit I was a tad intimidated to walk into Lowe’s and grab a whole pile of paint chips, but the lady was talking to me the whole time and didn’t seem to mind. fine motor skills are strengthened with a simple homemade button snake Make a simple button snake to help your child strengthen his buttoning and fine motor skills. Learning to pass a button through a button hole is no easy task for a toddler! That’s where a button snake can help! A simple homemade button snake will help your child learn to “do” buttons, and it’s a really fun fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Of all the fine motor skills activities I’ve put together here for the hooligans, our button snake is one of my favourites!

Who is affected by working memory Dr. Rosemary Tannock is a professor of psychiatry and special education at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. A leading expert on working memory, she says that it is important for everyone. “We use working memory almost constantly in daily life,” she says. Sun Think Earth is the most important spot in the solar system? Think again. The sun is the real star of the show—literally! The closest star to Earth, it’s the source of all the heat and light that makes flowers bloom, songbirds croon, and sunbathers swoon. PreK Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review To review all of the numbers, colors and shapes we learned as we went through our Letter of the Week curriculum, I made some fun review games! Note: If you missed it, don’t forget to do the A-Z Review also! Number Review: Clothespin Number Review: Write numbers on mini-clothespins and then have your child clip them on to the correct number of dots!

Free Preschool Printables for Activity Trays Fruit Patterning using Printables from Playing House (Photo from Fun with Mama) Whether you use Montessori education or a more traditional form of teaching or homeschooling, free printables are invaluable for saving time and creating attractive, professional-looking activities. Creating Montessori-Inspired Activity Trays I already have a post with free Montessori materials online with links to many fantastic Montessori printables. Montessori printables are generally created for hand-on learning.