Fine Motor Drawing & Writing
Fine motor work, while firmly in the domain of physical development, also has a place in the language and literacy area as the child prepares the hand and brain for the work of writing. Of course the child has been preparing for holding a writing tool from the moment they grasp their first objects, begin to feed themselves, and pick up tiny objects in their toddler years. However, in this digital age, what were natural activities that further prepared the child’s hands (food preparation, tasks related to the care of the home, tying shoes, and endeavors separated from technology) have fallen by the wayside. Now, more than ever, children must have opportunities to develop fine motor control, feel competent as they begin to make marks on paper, and these can be easily woven into the writing center, as well as other areas of the classroom.