When those sweet little faces arrive in kindergarten at the beginning of the year, they often don’t come with much background information.
Get a Wiggle On
I think we can all agree that our youngest students need to spend more time playing and developing their fine and gross motor skills and building a strong foundation for academics. But where do we even start?
We know accurate vocabulary is important, but how can I focus on integrating vocabulary into my day without feeling like I’m just adding one extra thing??
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.
Many times, your students with ADHD or sensory disorders can multitask, or have something in their hands, to promote focus, attention, calming, and active listening. Fidgets, when used appropriately, are an excellent way to help students self-regulate in the classroom.
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.
If children are to succeed academically, they first need to develop strong motor skills. Motor Moms and Dads is a simple, easy-to-manage exercise program that helps you make sure all young children get that essential motor-skills practice.
Are you looking to integrate more gross motor activities throughout the day? If you haven’t seen or used a balance board, you need to check it out!
Get the wiggles out with free brain breaks for your classroom!
Are your kids extra wiggly? Is it a struggle to keep them seated? Then this post is for you!