My students need outdoor activities/stations to help them improve their gross motor skills.
Kindergartners enter into school fresh, excited, and full of energy. They are eager to learn and always want to try their best. They love to please their teachers, parents, and other students. As sponges, they grow quickly, taking in everything around them. My students need help with gross motor skills. They need movement on our playground to help develop these skills. As our schools focus more and more on academics, I feel it is important to make sure our students are physically prepared and developed.
Developing children's gross motor skills are extremely important!
Kindergartners need to practice and develop gross motor skills. My students need a playground where these skills can be developed and materials are easily accessible. They need daily opportunities to use these materials to strengthen their bodies, minds, and spirits.
"Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements." ~Maria Montessori
These materials will be located in our kindergarten shed and used daily by 4 kindergarten classes. The step a logs will help students with body awareness, stability and balance. The two see-saws will help strengthen students' coordination, sequencing skills, and upper body strength. With the other materials they will improve their balance, ability to skip, cross the mid-line, catch, and most importantly improve their gross motor skills which will help prepare them for the rigors of kindergarten.
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