Squash Painting

Children who are encouraged to write with a variety of utensils at an early age will later learn to execute their fine motor skills more easily, more effectively, and with greater confidence than children who do not have this encouragement.

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Though the mastery of one’s fine motor skills take time, they can be practiced and developed throughout the course of one’s preschool experience. Occupational therapists agree that the tripod grasp is the preferred mode of writing in the latent preschool years and into middle childhood.

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This grasp provides the most control of a pencil. To refine the muscles required for this grasp, we practiced dabbing spots onto a paper squash with pom poms and clothespins. Since we were learning about squash and other fall vegetables, this fit in perfectly with our theme!

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Fruit and Vegetable Sorting

Farming is a very efficient way of growing the sort of food that people want to eat. Your little ones spent one week learning all about the different crops that farmers yield every year during the fall season. One day of this week was dedicated to the sorting of fruits and vegetables.
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To distinguish the difference between these two groups of foods, your little one participated in a pre-math activity. Using pictures, stickers, and play food, we sorted fruits and vegetables into two piles.
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Sorting and classifying objects help children begin to notice how items are alike and different, and creates an awareness that is vital for math learning.
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Learning to distinguish between things feels like a major accomplishment for preschool children, and using a variety of concrete materials made the activity that much more fun!
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