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Developing Fine Motor Skills!

We believe good handwriting is an important skill for everyone to have even in this keyboard and technology world. When children are taught handwriting skills at a young age, they are positioned for a lifetime of legible handwriting. Good handwriting is like knowing how to ride a bike – it’s something you never forget.

Your child will enjoy the benefits of good handwriting for a lifetime.

But before giving handwriting practice of your kid, we need to focus more on their fine motor skills development.

In order to maintain the correct grip for holding a pencil, their fine motor skills need to be improved and encouraged.

Fine Motor refers to the development of small muscles of the body (particularly the small muscles in hands) which will enable actions like grasping small objects, clicking, correct writing grasp etc. By developing your child’s fine motor skills, it will enable their finger and muscles to become stronger and provide them with the ability to control the way they hold a pencil.

There are many activities that are enjoyable for children and aid in the development of the fine motor skills,

Here are a few suggestions on how to develop your child’s fine motor skills.

  • Using scissors to cut out shapes or cut paper.
  • Threading shoelace through sewing card holes (this can easily be made by making holes on a piece of paper, using a hole punch that your child can thread a shoelace through).
  • Manipulating play dough and using cookie cutters to make various shapes and designs.
  • Picking up objects using tweezers.
  • Threading beads on a string (making a bracelet or necklace).
  • Drawing (get some blank pieces of A4 paper and make a drawing book).
  • Painting.
  • Sand manipulation (get some buckets and spades for your child to use in the sand).
  • Coloring in (coloring in within the lines is a great way for your child to practice hand control).
  • Tracing shapes, designs, letters etc. (Draw different shapes, designs and letters on a piece of paper that your child can trace over).

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If your child’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed, also consider working with your child on some activities that focus on tracing lines, shapes and curves. Once your child can successfully trace these lines and shapes, he will be ready to write more complicated figures like letters.

Once the child is comfortable with his fine motor skills, start focusing on his writing skills.

We will be covering writing skills in our next blog, so stay tuned……..

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Preparing your child for first day of kindergarten

Back to school

Hello Mommies! It’s back-to-school time, and children everywhere are getting ready to return to school or start for the first time. It’s hard to predict how a child will handle separation on the first day of kindergarten. Some kids will cling to their mom in terror, while others will skip happily off without even a parting glance in mom’s direction. If your child leans toward the former behaviour, don’t be alarmed. The beginning of school and days and weeks leading up to it are perhaps hardest on kindergärtners. Their common worries include:

  • “What if my teacher is mean?”
  • “What if the kids don’t like me?”
  • “What if I can’t do the work?”
  • “What if I cry and want to go home?”
  • “What if Mommy or Daddy forgets to pick me up?”

Welcome to kindergarten

Starting Kindergarten is big step for children, and the anxiety they experience is a perfectly normal part of the developmental process. Here are some tips that would help you and your toddler to be prepared for that anticipated first day of school:

  • Develop a positive attitude about your child going to school. Children are very much attuned to the attitudes of their parents. If you are worried that your child is going to have a terrible first day of school, then your attitude is going to feed your child’s insecurities. Develop confidence that your child is going to be just fine, and exude that confidence when you talk with your child about school.

Positivity

  • Talk about your happy school memories. Tell your child the things that you enjoyed about school. Even if school was not a pleasant experience for you, you likely had some things that you enjoyed, such as eating lunch with your friends. Talking about your happy memories gives your child something to which he can look forward.

Share your school memories

  • Bring your child along for back-to-school shopping. Buying school supplies can be an exciting time for your child and can build anticipation for the start of school. Allow your child to select her own book bag and lunch box to help her buy into the idea of school being a good thing.

Shopping for school

  • Try time away from you to make him deal with separation anxiety issues. Leave him with a close relative or family friend for some time and see how your child reacts to being without you in a safe environment.
  • Answer your child’s questions. Ask your child how he feels about starting school, and then answer any questions that he might have about the experience. You might be surprised by the issues that are the most concerning to your child.

This way you can put your toddler in a excited mood to start his kindergarten experience, where he will learn to play and grow with others.

Kindergarten experience

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Help Your Child to Improve His Gross Motor Skills-II

In continuation…..

In our previous blog, we have discussed the movements that you can teach your child at home. Here are few games that we would love to share with parents, as these games would definitely enhance your child’s gross motor capabilities.

Games that you can try at home- 

“Simon Says” – Your child must follow your directions, but only if you begin with the words “Simon Says.” Direct your child to move his large muscles, such as “Simon says touch your toes” or “Simon says do three jumping jacks.”

Catch
– Play catch with your child. When he is a toddler, you can sit opposite him on the floor and roll a medium-sized or large ball between his legs. As your child grows, he can stand up to play catch. Balloons make excellent items to catch at first because they float. Try bean bags or foam balls next becaue they are easy for small hands to grab.

Kicking games – First, build a tower with blocks and ask your child to kick it down. The tower is stationary and an easy target. Next place a large ball in front of your child and ask him to kick it. When he is comfortable, you can gently roll the ball towards him to be kicked.

Chasing games
– “You’re It” or “Gotcha Last” are fighting words for kids! Just tap your child on the shoulder and take off! He’ll be after you in a flash.

Jumping rope – Ask your child to jump when turning his own rope or find a few friends to turn a longer rope for your child to jump over. (When it is his turn to turn the rope, his arms will be getting the exercise!)

Bike riding
– This is great exercise that strengthens legs and improves balance.

Splashing in a wading pool – What can be better in the summer than getting wet? And your child will not even realize that he is strengthening his large muscles and improving his balance.

Roller skating or in-line skating – With the proper equipment to protect knees, elbows, hands, and heads, this activity provides wonderful outdoor fun for the whole family.

Don’t forget to tell us how do you find working with suggestions from Learning House.  We emphasis on various similar type of activities during school hours also but parents support and training is most valuable during the development years of  your child.

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Let Your Child Blossom!

Welcoming a toddler into school is an overwhelming experience. Like other first-time parents, you are probably experiencing feelings of excitement and anticipation, as well as anxiety and uncertainty. The next few years of your child’s life are very critical, and schools play a vital role in promoting healthy growth and development. Because children don’t come with a user’s manual, schools are left to follow their own. It is definitely a learning experience!

One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit Learning House School is a happy, fun-filled atmosphere that stems from a sincere love and appreciation of what it means to be a child.

Learning House is a warm and loving place where every child feels comfortable in their own skin. In this way they are able to express themselves through laughter and play and discover their true potential.

“Our philosophy is one of learning through both structured and free play. We pride ourselves on being a school that sees the potential in each and every child and helps them fulfill that, within a professional but loving environment.

Our main aim is to ensure that when a child leaves our school, they are more than prepared for Grade1.

We realize, however, that this is not only about being academically ready but also having the emotional maturity to deal with this next big step in their lives.

One of our key aims is therefore to instill a strong sense of confidence in each child, so they leave us feeling good about themselves and their place in the world!”

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