The Thematic Writing Center includes word cards and independent writing sheets for the entire school year.
Download Now Suggested Fine Motor Exercises The following activities will help your students develop the muscles in their hands that are necessary to grasp a pencil properly.
These activities can be embedded into your academic curriculum throughout the day or during center time. Provide child safe tweezers or tongs and encourage children to pick up small marshmallows or pom-poms and place in empty ice cube trays for counting games.
Provide spring loaded clothespins and encourage children to clip clothes or pictures on a line. Provide small child-sized paper punches that make different shapes. Provide Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or macaroni and encourage children to lace them on string or yarn.
Spread cards, coins, or buttons on the floor and encourage students to turn them over. Provide a manual eggbeater and a pan of water- add dishsoap for extra fun. Mix food coloring and water and use eyedroppers to decorate flattened coffee filters.
Insert feathers or golf tees into play dough. Play with finger puppets. Sing chants and fingerplays that encourage the use of the fingers such as 5 Little Pumpkins, 5 Green and Speckled Frogs etc.
Provide small pieces of chalk or broken crayons for children to write or draw with. Provide old greeting cards for students to cut, the thick paper provides the resistance they need to be more successful.
Spread cornmeal in a shallow pie pan and encourage students to use their fingers to draw in it. Place clear hair gel and food coloring in a sandwich bag. Force all the air out of the bag and seal tightly with packing tape or duct tape. Place the bag on a flat surface and encourage children to use their index fingers to write on the bag.
Pencil Grasp The manner in which a child holds a pencil is called a pencil grasp. Pictured above is a child using the correct tripod grasp.
This grasp requires the thumb, index, and middle fingers to work together and is also referred to as the pincer grasp. When using a tripod grasp the child should move his fingers with the writing utensil and not use his entire arm.
The tripod grasp is considered to be the most efficient because it allows the greatest amount of finger movement and thus control over the writing tool; it is the least fatiguing method for the muscles in the arm and hand. Many young children hold their writing tools in a closed fist grasp. When using this grasp the child moves the writing tool by moving his shoulder and entire arm.
The improper fist grasp requires extra effort thus causing fatigue in the arm and hand. A child who uses a closed fist grasp will tire easily and struggle with the task of writing. When you see your students holding their pencils and crayons in a fist grasp it indicates that they are lacking fine motor skills.
Instead of forcing them into a tripod grasp, intentionally embed fine motor development opportunities into your daily routine so they can further develop the muscles in their hands. Dominant Hand Many children will have already selected hand dominance by the age of 2 or 3 if they have been given ample opportunities for fine motor development at home.
However, you may see a disproportionate amount of students who do not have hand dominance in preschool if you work with at-risk populations.Spring theme activities for learning about plants and seeds in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. Spring Books.
Spring Literacy Activities. Spring Syllable Activity. Students identify the pictures and the number of syllables in each word, then perform the corresponding number of actions. Writing Prompt: A New Plant in Spring. About this Worksheet: Imagine you are a new plant and have just come out of your seed coat.
Your leafy little head has just popped up out of the ground! It’s a whole new world! For this activity, students write a story in the space below about what happens to them next.
What do they see? Introduce how plants have different parts: Roots -- holds the plant in the ground and absorbs water and nutrients from the soil. Stem -- carries the water and nutrients to the rest of the plant.
It also helps support it and direct the leaves towards the sunlight for them to produce the food source for the plant. Get a full week of preschool seeds theme lesson plans!
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables: 1) Foods With and Without Seeds Shared Writing Recording Sheet. We have always loved our kindergarten writing station. When I started this station years ago, I wanted to set this station up for success.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the writing station. Deborah J. Stewart, ph-vs.com has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio.