Motor skill development is very important. That is why it is crucial for parents to help strengthen these skills during the early years. Fine motor skill development in early childhood will help give children a strong start on their early childhood education journey.
These skills are fundamental for the tasks children will have to tackle later on. These include activities like writing, drawing, eating and even tying their shoes.
Fine Motor Skill Development
Fine motor skills are the movements we are able to make with the smaller muscles in our bodies. These skills take time to develop, which is one of the reasons why it is vital to start working on these early on.
Parents please remember these skills are not easy for young learners, so it will take time, practice and patience. Every child is unique and different. This means they will reach different milestones based on their own abilities.
If your child becomes discouraged because they cannot complete a particular task encourage them and tell them that it’s okay! It takes practice to become good at anything!
In this post you will find out why fine motor skills in early childhood are so important and how you can help your child develop and strengthen theirs.
Why are Fine Motor Skills Important?
Developing fine motor skills in early childhood is important because these skills will help your child develop what they need to perform basic tasks everyday. Like I mentioned, earlier these tasks could include writing, dressing, brushing hair and teeth, eating, getting dressed.
We use fine motor skills all of the time! As your child becomes better with these motor skills their confidence will start to build. Once their confidence builds they will be motivated to continue to try and learn more new things.
This is what early childhood education is all about! Here are some fun activities and tools to help you help your child build and/or strengthen their fine motor skills!
Fine Motor Skill Development Tools
- paint brushes
Any tool that makes your child have to pinch or squeeze to grab or use properly will work very well with developing fine motor skills.
Allowing your child to practice with these will have the fine motor skills improving after continued practice.
Fine Motor Skills Development Activities
- Playing with playdough
- Placing beads on string
- Picking up rice with tweezers
- Marble games
- Coloring/Drawing activities
- Painting activities
- Building blocks activities
- Cutting out lines/shapes
These are some of the tools and activities I have found very helpful with developing fine motor skills in children. You can use any of these activities and make games from them. Your child will be learning and developing fine motor skills without even knowing!
In conclusion, I really do hope this post has been helpful to you. Fine motor skill development is very important in early childhood and has many benefits. Once fine motor skills are developed your child has opened the door to countless more tasks to be able to accomplished.
Once this happens their self confidence and motivation will grow and they will be inspired to learn and do more. What are some of your favorite fine motor skill development activities? Leave them in the comments! I would love to hear your great ideas!
According to Wikipedia, early childhood education is a branch of education theory that relates to the teaching of children (formally and informally) from birth to up to age eight. The benefits of early childhood education for children are almost countless as well as being long lasting.
I have four children aged 9, 7, 5 and 4. I have and am currently incorporating formal and informal early education in all of their early years and have already seen the benefits for myself.
As an online educator I have also worked with children who had some form of early childhood education versus not and almost always the children who have had some form of early childhood education perform better than those who did not.
Early childhood education helps to mold the minds of young children in their formative years. This form of education sets the stage for your child’s education journey. If you’re like me, I know you want the very best for your child. One of the best things that we can do for our children is to start their early childhood education as soon as possible.
7 Benefits of Early Childhood Education for Children
The first benefit of early childhood education for children on our list is getting your child accustomed to routines. Children will have to follow some form of routine throughout life so it is imperative that they begin to learn routines from the start.
Routines help children feel safe, they set expectations, they help take pressure off from parents (hooray!), and they also help children develop healthy habits.
To start, you can implement some of my favorite routines which include: morning and night. By starting with these you are setting boundaries, expectations and responsibilities.
Starting with these will help your child ease into more of the daily routines that come along with early childhood education. Routines are awesome in an early education system in or outside of the home.
2. Love for Learning
Early childhood education stimulates a love for learning in children. Discovery is a part of every young child and when you unlock this gift for them you are introducing them into an entirely new realm.
Once children begin learning new things, their curiosity is peaked and then they begin to wonder and ask more questions. They will want to know more and more.
Early childhood education has proven time and time again to help children discover that learning is a wonderful gift and that the world has so much to explore.
Patience is a virtue that we all need to learn to have and sometimes struggle with. Let’s face it, it’s hard to wait! If we can instill patience in our little ones earlier in life, the chances of them having a lot of difficulty with it later decreases tremendously.
Early childhood education helps teach children to have patience with themselves and others. If you choose to do an outside early education program your child will learn to have patience with their peers. Early childhood education routines at home can help children have more patience with their siblings, themselves and even their parents.
Learning patience is a process and is found to be more difficult with children. The earlier we start helping our children learn patience the better off they will be later in life.
During the early years when children are exploring new ideas and skills their self-esteem is boosted each time they accomplish a task. With early childhood education each new day brings on a new challenge for children. As they tackle these challenges they are learning their routines, patience as well as building self confidence as they learn that they can do hard things.
Building self-confidence at an early age is so important for children. This part of early childhood education can have very long lasting positive effects if children are learning in a positive environment. The earlier a child can build a healthy balance of self confidence and self-esteem the healthier their emotional and mental states will be.
How many times have you seen kids jump from one activity to another or even spending less than a minute with one toy? Although this is natural with young children, having a solid early childhood education can help increase a child’s concentration ability.
The use of structure and routines in early childhood education helps gear children in the direction of spending more time on one particular activity. They learn to spend an allotted amount of time to be able to complete a task, an assignment or lesson.
This helps children to not hop from one thing to the next, but to complete what they started. You will notice the confidence levels increasing in children as they are able to actually accomplish these tasks and activities.
The next benefit of early childhood education is motivation. As children learn routines, they will learn more about timing and patience. While increasing their concentration skills by being focused on completing tasks and assignments they are also building self -confidence and a love for learning. What does all of this lead to?
All of this leads to motivation to want to do and learn even more. A positive early childhood learning environment is motivating for children in so many ways.
They will see that there are other people besides mom and dad who believe in them. This will also help them believe in themselves more and not just because other people are telling them to. It will be because they can see for themselves that they can do so many things. I THINK I CAN! I THINK I CAN!
The last benefit of our list of early childhood education is resiliency. Early childhood education plays a very important role in helping children develop resiliency. As children learn that they are important and that they have the capability to do great things resiliency will begin to grow.
Resiliency grows by being able to face challenges and solve problems. A solid early childhood education gives children the opportunity to see that they can do those things.
When children have a grounded early childhood education and a loving and supporting community working together they will inevitably be able to conquer whatever maybe thrown at them.
In conclusion, a firm early childhood education has many long-lasting benefits. Not only does early childhood education help children develop attributes such as a love for learning, motivation, patience, high self esteem and resiliency. It has been proven to help in many other ways.
According to a CDC Study, early childhood education helps with self-regulation, academic achievements and decreased grade retention. In addition to these, this study also showed that those who participated in early childhood education programs had better jobs and higher earnings during employment.
So now, I would like to ask you to think where you are along this journey. What are some areas you are doing well in? Or what are some areas where there can be improvement? Would you like to enroll your child in a program outside of the home if they are toddler/preschool age?
Please let me know in the comments! I am here for you and want to to help you along this journey!
Reading is one of the core fundamentals to early childhood education. Giving your preschooler a head start on this skill will be one of the best things you can do for them!
Learning to read can be tasking and takes time. By using the proper activities to prepare your preschooler the process can be made much less daunting.
By following these tips on getting your preschooler ready to read you are preparing your little one to have success with one of the most challenging tasks of their early childhood education journey.
6 Tips to Get your Preschooler Ready to Read
1. Read to Them
The first tip to help prepare your preschooler to read is to read to them. Reading to children has many impactful benefits for you as well as for your little one.
Research has shown that home literacy has a positive impact on brain development and language and cognitive abilities. Another study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that preschool aged children whose parents read to them had decreased attention problems and less hyperactivity issues when they started school.
Reading to your preschooler will also introduce new words and sounds to them. They will be able to begin to recognize words as they associate them with your reading and the pictures that are in the book.
An added benefit of reading to your preschooler is the bonding effect that takes place. Reading is a great way to have fun and loving quality time. It is also a great way to have engaging conversations. Talking with your little one is another great way to stimulate brain and language development earlier on.
2. Letter Recognition
The next tip to help your preschooler get ready to read is letter recognition. Being able to identify the letters of the alphabet will help your preschooler a lot as they begin their journey into reading.
This is the starting point to learning to read. It is recommended to start teaching your little one the alphabet earlier on so that by the time they are around age 3 they will know their letters very well.
By the time they are ready to go to school they will be alphabet masters! Some great activities for helping your toddler/preschooler learn the alphabet includes:
- educational videos
- board books
3. Learning Phonics to get your Preschooler Ready to Read
The next tip to helping prepare your preschooler to read is to teach them phonics. Phonics is simply the relationship between letters and their sounds. Once your preschooler can identify the letters of the alphabet they are now ready to learn what sounds they make.
I have actually taught my preschoolers phonics along with letter recognition. For example: “This is the letter U. Uh uh u. U is for umbrella.” We took our time and went through each letter. Now, my three year old can tell you 2-4 words for each letter of the alphabet.
By teaching them the alphabet and the letters you are enabling them to put an image with the phonic sound and this will help them to eventually put the two together to form words!
There are many methods and activities you can use to help your preschooler with phonics. Flashcards are a great way to start. By using them you isolate the letter and picture of something that starts with that letter. You can then ask your preschooler what the picture is, what letter it starts with and the sound that letter makes.
We have had lots of success and fun with some of these phonics games.
4. Fluency and Vocabulary
The next tip to focus on after you have been reading to your little one, learning the alphabet and then practicing phonics is fluency. This includes being able to put those letter sounds together to form words.
We have to learn to walk before we can run. This is the same for reading. Take time to help your preschooler build vocabulary by blending those letters and phonics sounds that they have been learning.
Some great ways to have your preschooler practice fluency is to take a particular category of words at a time and practice them. For example you may spend one 1 week on sports words like: football, soccer, basketball, etc. The next day or week could be animals and then vehicles. You can use flashcards for this as well!
Another way to practice fluency is to have your preschooler repeat after you as you read out loud to them. This will not only help with pronunciation and fluency, but it will also give them practice with using expression as they read!
5. Sight Words
The next tip following fluency and vocabulary is learning sight words. Having your child being able to now read words independently is a huge step on the journey to learning to read.
Showing your preschooler that they can now identify words and not just letters will give them the boost of confidence they need to keep going! Remember to have them practice! Practice! Practice!
There are many lists of suggested sight words out there. Here a few of my favorites:
- High-frequency words
- Sight words by level
- Dolch words
Practicing comprehension is the last tip on this list of tips to help get your preschooler ready to read. It’s great that your preschooler can now identify letters and sounds, put these together to form words and even read some words and short sentences.
This is awesome progress, but we also want them to be able to comprehend what they are reading. This is a crucial component to learning to read and it should be started early just as with the other segments of early childhood education.
A great way to practice comprehension with your preschooler is to talk about what you’re reading! Ask them questions as the story goes along. Who are our main characters? Where is the setting of the story? What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that happened?
All of the questions will let you know if your preschooler can truly understand the text of the story. You can use these answers to guide you on which levels of books you select. Remember each child is different and works at their own pace.
So now you have some essential tips to follow to help get your preschooler ready to read. I truly believe following these tips will help you and your preschooler reach success with learning to read.
Start by identifying the alphabet, then work towards the sounds of those letters, then build fluency and vocabulary skills. You can then go to the next level by practicing sight words.
Once you have reached the stage of being able to read short sentences, have your preschooler continue to practice more and more. It’s very important to remember to continue reading to them throughout this entire process. This has many benefits such as bonding and quality time.
You can also get a feel for how well your child is comprehending by the discussions that you have with them on the books that you are reading together.
I do hope these tips have been helpful to you. Do you have any questions or other tips for helping get preschoolers ready to read? I would love to help and hear other tips! Leave them in the comments!