*Motor Skills (Fine and Gross) Posts

Do Motor Skills Affect Student Achievement?

Do Motor Skills Affect Student Achievement?

In the 21st century, motor skills aren’t always as developed as they should be before kids enter kindergarten. A child’s life today typically involves more time being plugged in than being outside playing - jump-roping, hopscotch, kick the can, etc. Kids are learning...

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Importance of Numeracy Screening

Importance of Numeracy Screening

Since many of their students haven’t been in any kind of Pre K program, Kindergarten teachers are left wondering about the background of their students in the areas of reading and math, specifically numeracy development.

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Resources for Promoting Play and Learning

Resources for Promoting Play and Learning

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?

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Children at Play: Putting Play Back in Education

Children at Play: Putting Play Back in Education

I go into hundreds of classrooms a year, and I find the kindergarten classrooms to be the most interesting.  At one time, we thought kindergarten was going to be a great, developmentally appropriate idea for our youngest students. I was part of the planning...

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Motor Grid

Summer is flying by isn't it? I got back from a great presentation run in Abington, Virginia then went to Las Vegas for 5 days for SDE's I Teach K Conference then finished the week out in Chicago for the SDE PK-1 CCSS Academy.  I met some extraordinary teachers...

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Finger Funatics Night!

Last week I went to Grandview Elementary School  to do a "Finger Fuantics Night" with PreSchool & Kindergarten Families. What fun we had! Each parent got a copy of the Finger Funatics Parent Companion and they were able to make 'n' take a Finger Funatics...

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