Tag Archives: gross motor skills

First Week of School!

We had so much fun during our first week of school!  Let’s see what we did this week…

✓  Colored in a box

✓  Made necklaces with circles

✓  Transferred red items with tongs

✓  Explored lentils and apples in our sensory bin

✓  Did a science experiment

✓  Learned to recognize our names

✓  Learned the months, days, color red and the shape circle

✓  Counted to 10

✓  Did some basic adding and subtracting

✓  Learned some Spanish

✓  Learned the letter “Aa”

✓  Listened to letter sounds

✓  Jumped

✓  Read books

✓  Played outside

✓  Made alligators

✓  Made paper airplanes and flew them

Whew!  No wonder Ms. Taryn is tired!!!  See you next week 🙂

 

 

Project Play – Over Under

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This is one of my favorite activities because the children are developing their large muscles and don’t even know it!  Tape large pieces of paper Over the table and tape another large piece of paper Under the table ~ you could use newspaper too.  Give your child a variety of materials…crayons, markers, colored pencils, colored tape or stickers.  Encourage him to creatively express himself on both!

Happy Playing!

MsTaryn

The Power of Bubbles

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BUBBLES!!!!  Have you ever met a child who does not love bubbles?  They are exciting and fun to chase!  As a teacher, I love them to but for many other reasons…;)

  • Just simply blowing into the bubble wand and watching the bubbles come out teaches cause and effect, a crucial STEM concept.
  • When done as a group activity, blowing bubbles encourages positive social behaviors such as, taking turns, sharing and enjoying an activity with peers.
  • It is hard not to scream BUBBLES, so this alone helps work on early developing sounds /b/ for bubbles, /p/ for pop and /m/ for more…because they always ask for more!
  • Bubbles float everywhere!  This is great for teaching spatial concepts such as up, down, left, right.  Math concepts, as well, big bubbles, small bubbles, one bubble, two bubbles, a lot of bubbles.
  • It is also hard not to chase bubbles, making it easy for children to practice their gross motor skills too.  Following where the bubbles float will also help to develop eye tracking.
  • Blowing bubbles helps with breathing skills…how fast/slow, short/long to blow to make the bubbles come out of the wand.  Learning to take deep breaths will also help speech development as they realize how much air they need to speak.  Those deep breaths can also help adults who are blowing the bubbles…it is almost impossible to be stressed after blowing bubbles:)
  • Blowing bubbles helps to build the muscle tone in the cheeks and lips, shape the mouth and encourage mouth awareness…all important to speech development.

And you thought bubbles were just for fun!