Did you know that a child’s ability to skip is correlated with his or her math skills? Did you know that static/dynamic balance has a lot to do with readiness for reading? Motor development, both fine and gross, does matter a great deal as we take a whole child approach to education.
We have all been there…trying to get students to develop one-to-one correspondence with concrete objects. You have a pile of counters ready on your table.”Watch how I do it,” you say. “1, 2, 3, 4.” And with great patience, you carefully move one counter at a time from one side of the table to the other.
Today our children in the 21st century are into technology, aren’t they?! Many children would love to stay on their iPads and play “Minecraft” or check out fun videos rather than do any fun crafts or projects.
With all of the testing going on in classrooms today, school–just plain and simple–isn’t as fun as it used to be. Teachers are worried about their students’ performance and about being evaluated on how well their kids perform, regardless of how “at-risk” they are or the many factors influencing their learning.
When something is done using “multi-sensory modes” it will stick better in your brain!
It’s hard to find a truly developmentally appropriate preschool these days. It seems that the idea of a “rigorous curriculum” gets pushed down to our younger students and we easily lose focus of what the true purpose of education is.
I did a Finger Funatics Parent Night last night with 40 preschool families. I started with talking to the parent group about the importance of fine motor (such as visual motor integration) and gross motor development (such as the importance of doing a cross crawl). I included talking about the amount of “screen” time a typical 4-year-old should watch (about 30 mins a day) so they can have lots of experiences with real objects in the physical world!
Last week I went to Grandview Elementary School to do a “Finger Fuantics Night” with PreSchool & Kindergarten Families. What fun we had!
What have you noticed about your students fine motor development skills? Isn’t it scary? Each year more and more students are coming to school with weak fine motor development.