In our last Spotlight post, we focused on emergent writing. This week, we’d like to take a step back and look at the importance of practicing fine motor skills, which refers to any small movements of the hand. We know that before we can even think of helping young children learn to write, we must provide them with a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the muscles in their hands. Developing fine motor skills is an important part of kindergarten readiness, because as preschool children practice their hand strength and coordination, they begin to develop a greater sense of independence. It is our hope that throughout their time in the Robins class, the kiddos will develop their fine motor skills in a way that will allow them to gain a sense of confidence as they learn to do more things by themselves, like writing their own name, putting on their shoes, buttoning their coat, or pouring their own milk.
|We frosted the cupcakes with green frosting because we decided as a class
that green would be like the stem of the pumpkin.
| It’s fun to learn math concepts, especially when the finished work is a pumpkin cupcake!
Next week another recipe with pumpkin.
Miss Julie and Miss Crystal
|We continue with our cooking through the alphabet which brings us to the letter “B.”
B is for Banana pudding parfait.
We began by smooshing graham crackers in ziploc bags.
|Next, we cut the bananas.
Cutting and peeling help us practice our dexterity and fine motor skills.
|Then we used a package of vanilla pudding and made it according to the directions.
Learning to read recipes and follow directions help us to understand the importance of reading.
|Now the fun begins!!!
The children put together their own parfaits by layering the ingredients and then repeating them.
The children discovered they made a pattern in a cup.
There’s a LOT of learning that happens as during cooking Fridays!
How fun to be able to use a hammer! Bluebirds drove little spikes into pumpkins with the aid of safety goggles. This is a great way to learn hand dexterity for fine motor skills and balance.
Nails not only went in, but they were also pulled out.
Bluebirds walk to gymnastics with our “friendship rope”. Children group together by twos and not only share conversation, but companionship as well, as we walk down the trail to Naydenov Gymnastics.
After much waiting and practicing, the Bluebirds made it to Bizi’s Pumpkin Patch on a misty fall day. We boarded a school bus and took a 20 minute drive to the pumpkin patch. We started off with a hay maze and then visited the friendly animals at the petting area….
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“A” is for apple. . .
|We charted our favorite apple variety.
What was the favorite apple color? All three colors!
As we did our charting, we practiced sorting and counting skills.