MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
We have been busy practising our skills in FINE and GROSS motor development, to gain greater control and confidence with our body management and hand and tool control.
When we move through a course with equipment we need to listen carefully so that we remember how to use each piece of equipment. We also need to remember to slow down and practise the skills in sequence and correctly, or we could end up hopping when we need to jump two feet together, or forget to collect an item with the tongs to place in the bucket, or end up at the back of a different team when we have finished our turn!
Our Mum’s and Dad’s have been so helpful with practising our ball skills when they visit on roster! Thanks everyone!
Tracing over straight, curved, zig zag lines and sharp corners helps our hand strength and tool control. We need to remember to hold our pen correctly with our forearm on the table for better control. We also need to concentrate and follow the lines carefully so we can manipulate the pen around tricky corners.
We have also practised our scissor skills, remembering to keep our thumb pointing to the roof as we cut, so we don’t turn the scissors over. Holding and turning the paper as you cut is quite a skill too as is remembering to open and close the scissors so that they cut the paper on the lines- sometimes we are in a hurry and try to push the scissors through the paper instead and our efforts are torn.
ICT – INFORMATION and COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
We have been using the “BOOK CREATOR” app on the IPads to capture, create and reflect on our learning over our Kindy days.
We have been learning to use the tools in this app to take and use photos, draw and use the keyboard to create text on the pages we have designed.
It can be tricky learning to hold the IPad steady while you take a photo, making sure you capture the image as you want it, then resizing the image and moving it on the page for best results.
You need a steady hand when creating a drawing or making arrows to label your work on the screen, moving your finger slowly and carefully.
Writing text takes lots of brain power as you think of what you would like to say, then listen for the sounds you can hear in the words you want to use, then selecting the letters you need to write those sounds. Phew…such super brain power at work!
It’s all great though when we share our thinking with our friends on the Apple TV and see how they have used the tools to capture their Kindy learning.
We would love to see all of you at
OPEN NIGHT Wednesday 14th September
to share our learning in the classrooms and school hall with you!