Other Skills to Practice at Home
Fine Motor Skills: Your child’s fine motor skills refers to the coordination between the small muscles in their hands and fingers with their eyes. Many activities in the classroom require the use of these fine motor skills and the following is a list of activities you can do at home with your child to ensure these skills are strong and ready for learning.
- Cutting and gluing
- Molding clay/play dough
- Building with small legos
- Coloring books
- Connect the dots
- Drawing and writing- *always encourage the proper grip of any writing tool.
- Lacing and Beading- making jewelry, lacing cards, etc.
- Eyedroppers and Tweezers- picking up small objects with big tweezers and transferring to other containers, use colored water to “paint”.
- Painting- encourage children to hold paintbrushes like a pencil and close to the bristles.
Speech and Language Support: Your child’s speech and language is their ability to use their language skills to ask and answer questions and convey their thoughts and ideas. The following list are some strategies to improve speech and language skills:
- Ask your child clarifying questions like “tell me more?”
- Model full and complete sentences for your child
- Help your child follow multi-step directions
- Encourage children to use current names for household items, have them describe them using color, texture, shape, etc.
- If your child makes a an error in grammar or word use, model the correct for and have them repeat it.
- Play board games that enhances vocabulary such as Guess Who?, Head Banz, etc.
- When reading to your child discuss the story and encourage your child to elaborate on their thoughts.
Writing: Any writing practice at home is beneficial to your child. Writing practice can take many forms! Use the following list of activities for writing reinforcements. All writing practice must use the proper pencil grip.
- Drawing practice – shapes, types of lines, people, faces, animals, etc.
- Drawing and labeling pictures
- Letter formation practice
- Sight word writing
- Keeping a journal
- Writing a story together