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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Fun Drawing Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills

I always have students at varying stages of fine motor skills development. The challenge is to bring them all up to the same level so they could write their names, numbers and letters before they enter kindergarten. So I'm always on the lookout for ways to develop their fine motor skills in a fun way.

Children need to not only control the pencil but they need to also grip the pencil properly to be able to write with ease. So I also wanted specific activities that got children to use a writing implement so they can practice holding and controlling it. Below are some of the drawing activities that chiidren did.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

How To Design Lessons to Suit Your Child

In every class that I’ve had, there have always been children working at different levels. I’d have most of the children working at the expected level and also a few children at either end of this. This is as expected, after all, as children develop at different rates.

Every year, there is always a ‘Jack’ that struggles to learn and a ‘Jill’ that breezes through.  Both these children have something in common – they become bored easily. They are not engaged in their learning because it’s not at their level. If I don’t do something about it then my Jacks and Jills will quickly lose interest in learning and begin to act up.

What is a teacher to do? Every good teacher is taught to cater to all children in her class. She does this by adjusting her lessons for these students.

This year, I have a little girl who came to my prekindy class already reading at a year 2 level. Imagine a 4 year old reading at an 8 year old level.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Free Download: Segmenting Words for Spelling

Free Printable Download Spelling Worksheet
When children learn to read they blend the sounds together in a word; this is called decoding. But when children learn to spell they break up the word to its individual sounds; this is called segmentation. One is the opposite of the other. Children must learn to do both to be able to read and write.
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