Classifying and sorting activities help children to develop a range of thinking skills and build the foundations for later problem-solving.
The visual memory and discernment involved, and the ability to identify patterns, relationships, similarities and differences, assists children in learning about early number representation and problem-solving.
For this activity, students practiced counting and sorting circles by number.
They learned that each symbol represents and quantity and had fun placing the different colored circles onto each large circle!
Gross motor skills involve movements of the large muscles of the arms, legs, and torso.
Young children rely on motor skills for everyday activities at school, at home, and in the community.
As a developmental domain, we enjoy applying gross motor skills throughout our week.
From dancing to tossing, our little ones are always on the move! For this activity specifally, students learned how to jump into a pool! To apply this to our circle theme, they were told that three-dimensional circles are called balls.
They jumped and enjoyed manipulating the objects with their arms and legs!
We love block play at preschool because it fulfills so many developmental domains!
As students stack blocks, they are learning essential mathematical skills, such as matching, counting, and sorting!
As students organize them by shape and color, they are practicing early literacy skills (fulfilling the Language and Literacy Domain) such as symbolization and representation.
We can’t even begin to mention the fine and gross motor skills (Physical Domain), observation and divergent thinking (required for the Science Domain), and a host of other pertinent areas of development. For this activity, students created different structures with three-dimensional paper triangles.
Because these triangles were lightweight and flimsy, students had to concentrate on creating their structures without the triangles deteriorating or their “towers” falling!
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping your little ones’ thinking minds!
STEM activities also increase science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators!
For this activity, students used straws and pipe cleaners to create pyramids!
Our younger learners created triangles, while our older students created more complex structures.
Technology is an undeniable fact of everyday life and can support students’ learning. But there are limits to that: Completely replacing handwriting instruction with keyboarding instruction in elementary school can be detrimental to students’ literacy acquisition. Why are handwriting and letter formation so important?
Research has demonstrated a correlation between letter-naming and letter-writing fluency, and a relationship between letter-naming fluency and successful reading development. There’s a strong connection between the hand and the neutral circuitry of the brain – as students learn to write the critical features of letters, they also learn to recognize them more fluently. This recognition of letters lead to greater letter-writing fluency, which leads to greater overall reading development.
Many of your child’s daily activities—like getting dressed, eating, and writing—require control of small muscles in the hands.
We call these skills fine motor skills.
Your child can do more things for himself when he has opportunities to practice these skills.
There are lots of activities that can increase muscle strength and coordination, preparing children for more advanced skills, from writing with a pencil, using a computer mouse, or playing a musical instrument.
For this activity, we used our fine motor skills to create these fun Heart Trees!
Using beads and their fingers, students were encouraged to slide the beads onto their trees.