Thursday, April 19, 2012

What about motor skills?

Wondering if you're giving your child everything they'd normally get in a public school classroom? If you need some general guidance, one helpful thing is to work on fine and gross motor skills. Building blocks, lacing cards, and even coloring and painting will help with fine motor skills. Even teaching kids to tie their shoes is an appropriate part of school at this age. Frequent playtime with running and jumping, or playing with a ball, for example, will improve gross motor skills.

At the preschool and kindergarten age, kids will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, and the materials don’t need to be anything fancy. Arts and crafts projects are both fun and educational. In fact, just "helping" mom or dad with everyday activities helps motor skills too. It’s all about building a strong foundation for the future, and if you’re new to homeschooling, it’s a great age to try homeschooling on for size.

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