It is amazing what fine motor skills the young ones are able to learn and how they develop those skills as they progress. Coordinated small muscle movements in the hands, fingers, arms, wrists and eyes enable learning to grasp an adult’s finger or a rattle when just a baby, and then learning to reach for all kinds of things, stacking blocks, and later use “tools” such as spoons, forks, scissors, and crayons. These skills are increasingly important as the child enters preschool.
More complex skills
Eventually the skills become more complex as the children learn to write and draw on a piece of paper, move objects from one place to another, knead Play-Doh, release objects, fasten buttons and zippers, turn a doorknob, pick up and place a large puzzle piece, sort out nuts and bolts or small pieces of candy, walk or hop on a line, and other intriguing movements.
By the age of four, a child is ready to use the small muscles of the fingers by drawing with colored pencils, lacing cards and beads, using rolling pins and cookie cutters, and doing large jigsaw puzzles with small knob pieces.
Master motor skills
Time and a lot of repetition with a variety of activities is needed for the children to master these important abilities and be encouraged to do them in order to set the stage for the skills needed throughout their lifetimes. We always continue to learn motor skills if we take up knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, hand crafts, oil painting, gardening, woodworking, fishing, and similar hobbies through the years.
Please contact us to schedule a tour at one of our schools in the Bay Area to learn more about the detailed education that your child will greatly benefit from and enjoy at the same time.