January is Kindergarten Registration Month for most schools. Here is a quick checklist of things your child should know how to do when they start Kindergarten.
- Uses a correct and efficient pencil grip for writing
- Stabilizes paper with non‐writing hand while drawing and writing
- Begins to form printed letters and numbers using proper strokes
- Holds scissors properly and can follow a line
- Independently ties shoelaces
- Squeezes wet sponges, a glue bottle or a catsup bottle
- Fastens buttons, zips zippers, fastens fasteners or snaps snaps on clothing
- Uses paintbrushes, scissors, and eating utensils
- blows bubbles through a bubble wand or blows out candles
- Tries to whistle
- Imitates or makes silly faces
- Speaks clearly
If you think your child needs help with some of the above fine motor skills, we will start our 2018 Fine Motor Fitness Class for ages 3-5 on January 24 and will run thru March 14. This class will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 pm.
During the preschool years, children begin to build their fine motor skills and their hand strength. Individual children at this age exhibit a wide range of abilities with regard to fine motor skills. However, fine motor activities can be a source of frustration if children are directed to perform tasks (e.g., practicing writing letters and numbers for extended periods) that they are not ready for developmentally. Rather, supporting children’s fine motor skill development during the preschool years should focus on providing children with materials to explore and manipulate during play or through open-ended learning experiences such as sorting or art activities. As children engage in these activities, they build the fine motor skills they will need in kindergarten for handwriting, etc.
Our Fine Motor Fitness class will also focus on:
- Opportunities to boost self-confidence and self-esteem
- Games to work on small motor skills
- Activities to develop appropriate pencil grasp, writing, and scissor skills
- Child multi-sensory approach to learning
We will continue to offer individual Occupational and Speech Therapy services in order for your child to achieve their success in school and play.
Thanks and Happy New Year,