Help me give my students tools to help develop their fine motor skills, like the slant board, writing eggs and self opening scissors. Items like the fidgets and cushions will help my students to remain focused.
This project expired on April 10, 2020.
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My students are in a Title I school in rural Virginia where more than half of the children receive free or reduced-price lunch. They come from extremely diverse economic backgrounds, as well as with various academic ability levels. These factors greatly increase the need for materials that will reach the need of each student, thus, allowing each student to meet his or her full potential. My students all have individual education plans and are diagnosed with different various disabilities.
Many of my students come to school in kindergarten with underdeveloped fine motor skills due to genetic disorders, premature birth, neuromuscular disorders, or lack of exposure.
Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in their hands, fingers, and wrists. They use their fine motor skills when writing, coloring, holding manipulatives, turning pages, and cutting with scissors. Some of the items, like the fidgets, will help strengthen muscles. Other items, like the self opening scissors, left to right cards, and writing eggs, with be used to help foster independence with motor tasks. My students struggle with these tasks due to under developed fine motor skills and some struggle with these skills for a extended time. Ongoing trouble with motor skills impedes academic progress.
Some of the items will help my students with writing, like the highlighted paper and the block letters.
Other items, the weighted fidget and the cushion, will let my students move while they learn.
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