G. Writing Notes from the teacher’s desk… 1. Have the child write in the air OCTOBER and Developing Fine Motor Skills and in front of his eyes (arm NOVEMBERFine motor skills can be defined as small muscle outstretched) with his finger. News and events:movements: those that occur in the finger, in 2. To increase his tactile awareness, Children´s Daycoordination with the eyes. Fine motor skills have him trace over letters on (Oct. 26th)wont develop over-night, but with time and textured surfaces. Have himpractice. Here are some suggestions for Open Day manipulate 3-dimensional lettersdeveloping fine motor skills, and some activities (Nov. 16th) when blindfolded.to use to practice them: 3. When a writing tool is introduced, HappyA. CuttingUse a thick black line to guide cutting the letters which involve similar Birthdays to:following: strokes should be taught first ♥ María Antonia Uribe (moving simple to complex). Next, ( Oct. 30th ) 1. A fringe from a piece of paper combinations of letters in short ♥ Nicolás Mejia 2. Cut off corners of a piece of paper words, sentences and finally (Nov. 15th ) spontaneous writing. (Remember 3. Cut along curved lines ♥ Antonia García to use words which are within the 4. Cut lines with a variety of angles childs reading vocabulary). (Nov. 17th ) 5. Cut figures with curves and angles Things to remember: 6. Cut clay with blunt scissors Upright working surfaces promote fine Tooth Fairy motor skills. Examples of these are: verticalB. Placing and Pasting Wishes for: chalkboards; easels for painting; flannel ☺ Jerónimo Ferrer 1. Place a variety of forms (eg. blocks, boards; magnet boards (or fridge); windows felt, paper, string, yarn, cereal, and mirrors; white boards, etc. Kids can also cotton) on outlines make sticker pictures; do rubber ink- stamping; use reusable vinyl stickers to 2. Match shapes, color, or pictures to a make pictures; complete puzzles with thick page and paste them within the outlines knobs; use magna-doodle and etch-a-sketch Photo GalleryC. Tracing and Coloring as well. The benefits for these include: 1. Use a thick black line if needed having the childs wrist positioned to develop good thumb movements; they help 2. Trace and then color shapes, increasing develop good fine motor muscles; the child the size and complexity gradually is using the arm and shoulder muscles.D. Self-Care Skills In general, it is more fun to learn while you play. Try to incorporate activities like 1. Buttoning, Lacing, Tying, Fastening dress-up to teach zipping and buttons; card Snaps, Zipping, Carrying, Using a creations to practice writing or tracing screwdriver, Locking and unlocking a skills; cutting and pasting to make a creation door, Winding a clock, Opening and other than just a plain piece of paper, etc. closing jars, Vacuuming a rug, Rolling Be creative and have fun! out dough or other simple cooking activities, Washing plastic dishes, Sweeping the floor, Dressing, Bathing Practice on:E. Finger Tracing Counting, recognizing and writing 1. Many times when a child is unable to do numbers 1-20 or more. Shapes (circle, a worksheet, it helps to trace the pattern square, triangle, rectangle, oval, diamond with his finger before he tries it with a and hexagon) pencil. Ordering #´s up to 20 or more. Talking about different kinds of 2. Have the child trace a pattern in sand, HOUSES. Remember Friday homework. cornmeal, finger paint, etc. The textures Discussing ways to be responsible and give the child kinesthetic feedback committed at home.F. Pre-Writing Reading, discussing and review 1. Dot-to-dot drawings of pictures, vocabulary from ORT books. objects, shapes, numbers, letters, etc. WE ARE PROUD-CONGRATULATIONS 2. Typing exercises 3. Tile and mosaic work 4. Folding activities 5. Fine coloring 6. Have the child do repetitious strokes (with an increasingly smaller writing tool) similar to those found in manuscript or cursive letters. In our next issue… Emphasize accuracy, spacing and flow A brief article on how to mathematical skills. or rhythm. Sometimes doing it to music If you have any questions, suggestions helps. or concerns or if you would like to set an appointment, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.