Each day I am excited to go see my half-day preschool students in the Title I Preschool program where I work. All the children in our program have been identified and selected because they demonstrated a developmental delay in at least one area (cognitive, language, or motor). We provide a meaningful, hands-on experience for our students and work to ensure they are prepared for kindergarten. I believe that the work we do is extremely valuable because we help provide high-quality education to students and families who may not have those opportunities on their own. I love seeing my students’ faces light up when they are successful!
One area where I often see my students need additional experiences during preschool is in their fine motor skills. Many children come to us with very little hand strength, which means they need to strengthen those muscles to hold and use a writing utensil or pair of scissors correctly. Materials like tweezers, tongs, putty, a magnetic alphabet maze and a manipulative toy library with gears will allow me to help my students develop the strength they need to be successful when they are learning to write in a fun, developmentally appropriate way. Adaptive scissors will give the children an opportunity to build muscle control without having to strain while cutting. Writing and cutting are both necessary during kindergarten, so my students will be better prepared when their hands are strong enough to handle these tasks easily. It is very important to me to provide my students with a positive learning experience early in their school career that they can build on for the rest of their lives.
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