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Fine Motor Skills

Posted by on Jul. 22, 2009 at 12:10 AM
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My 5 year old has issues with fine motor skills. What kind of curriculium do you reccommend and why?

by on Jul. 22, 2009 at 12:10 AM
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by Group Admin on Jul. 23, 2009 at 7:27 PM
Hi there, I have some responses from some mom:

Tracey DesrochersDepending on what fine motor skills your speaking about would depend on what the recommendations might be.. but instead of curriculum I was wondering if maybe activities to strenghten the fine motor skills might help. ;)

Hope this helps you : 0 ) ~ tracey~


if the child is 5 , probably dont need a curr. how about stuff that will help those motor skills, like

# tying shoes- practise on shoes on the table at first
# zipping and unzipping
# buckling and unbuckling
# writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue
# playing games that require precise hand and finger control- sign language
# drawing, painting, and coloring
# manipulating buttons and snaps
# putting small objects together
# doing puzzles- those big wooden puzzles work good
# making crafts
# using scissors
# manipulating small objects such as coins- using coins and learning the value all at once!
# opening and closing objects- plastic containers
# picking up and holding onto small objects
# developing and maintaining an effective and proper pencil grip
# pinching objects between fingers- picking up pieces of candy
# using locks and keys
# being able to isolate finger movements (i.e., using one finger at a time, such as in playing the piano or typing)
# turning things over or turning pages of a book
# holding and using utensils properly and effectively
# screwing and unscrewing- lids
# doing ANYTHING that requires small precise hand and finger movements
using clay
using finger paint to follow lines

heres a site with some great ideas

by New Member on Aug. 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Thank you for your helpful information. He is very interested in learning, just hates to write, color, or draw.  I have implimented some of these activites already and for a time had him in therapy.  We are gonna begin to homeschool (isn't that what we have been doing all along--since birth--homeschooling?) on Monday August the 4th.  I am using the ABC"S of ACE with Ace and Christy and plan to use a lot of supplimental from the internet as well, like science projects and make it fun for him.

I took him to the internet today and looked up Mountain Lion, showed him some pictures and read about them to him; I asked him some questions to see what information he retained and then I asked him if he knew we were just doing homeschool. He said no and said this will be fun mom.  So we will see.  I have basically no support for homeschool, he is adopted and his bio family feels he should be public schooled for socialization.  I really want to homeschool and feel he will do very well in this enviroment.  I need lots of support and hope this group can be helpful in that area.  I look forward to being a part of this group.

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