Gross motor activities are an essential component to any preschool curriculum.
These activities build skills that aid the development of young children, and prepare them for elementary school.
Because your little ones are active and often on-the-go, it is important that they learn how to control their bodies
Comfort with gross motor skills means that your child is aware of his personal space.
By controlling his body, he can respect other people’s personal spaces as well. For this activity, we learned that being an astronaut creates intense physical demands on the body.
Comfort with gross motor skills means that your child is aware of his personal space. By controlling his body, he can respect other people’s personal spaces as well.
For this activity, we learned that being an astronaut creates intense physical demands on the body. Because of this, potential astronauts undergo rigorous training to prepare them for the challenges of space travel. Using yellow rope and our bodies, we participated in an astronaut obstacle course! This enabled your child to practice accessing both sides of the body simultaneously to get through the rope maze.
Dramatic play benefits are numerous. In addition to supporting creativity and self-expression, dramatic play can help children learn real life skills and social skills that can serve them throughout their lives.
The benefits of dramatic play include learning conflict resolution, helping children to learn creative problem-solving skills alongside their peers.
Dramatic play also allows children to explore self-empowerment, allowing kids the opportunity to make choices, act out their feelings, and find a new connection to themselves.
For this activity, students participated in a dramatic play activity where they (along with their friends) “flew” to the Kuiper Belt! Different students played different roles. Some were the passengers, some steered the rocket, some were the engineers, and some were the engine or “fire”.
Students counted down from 10 to 1 and “flew” to the music of Star Wars. Along their adventure, students faced asteroids, interference, and black holes!
Living and working in a microgravity environment requires culinary ingenuity and creativity. In the early days of space flight, Mercury astronauts would consume puree squeezed from tubes and cubes of dry goods.
Currently, NASA uses freeze-dried food to create nutrient dense food for astronauts. For this activity, students used a few simple materials to create their very own astronaut food.
This activity was so great because it accessed a host of development skills!
By manipulating the different tools, students practiced their fine motor skills. By figuring out food amounts, they practiced measuring: an essential math skill. By following directions, they practiced their listening skills.
Manipulatives are an invaluable tool in any preschool classroom. They help students learn by allowing them to move from concrete experiences to abstract ones. Experts in education posit that this learning takes place in different stages.
For preschool children, the first stage involves symbolic thought. This refers to recognizing and labeling symbols that take on different meanings. Two examples of these are letters and numbers.
Seeing a letter, understanding that it is a symbol for something else (a sound), and then being able to create that letter is a difficult feat for any young learner. It is our goal to break up this reasoning into small steps that can be readily accessed by the young learner.
Manipulatives can also be important tools in helping students think and reason in more meaningful ways. By giving students concrete ways to compare and operate on such quantities, symbols, and other features can contribute to the development of well-grounded, interconnected understandings of different ideas.
For this activity, students used manipulatives to create the word STAR. They placed the manipulatives onto different points of the letters and then saw the final product!