Competency Goal II
To advance physical and intellectual competence
To advance physical and intellectual competence I provide various amounts of equipment and activities that help promote the physical development of children. I do this by offering activities that will allow children to use their small muscles and large muscles. Children need these types of activities so they can become familiar about how to use their muscles and to develop body strength. Activities such as throwing things, rolling balls, moving arms up and down will help children gain upper body strength. Activities such as jumping, running and balancing themselves will help them gain strength in the lower parts of their bodies. These activities allow them to work with their gross motor skills. Activities such as painting, puzzles, writing, coloring and typing on the keyboard allows them to use their fine motor skills.
I encourage children to use their cognitive skills. I do this by having children think about how to solve problems rather than simply asking a question and receiving an answer. For example, children asked “what happens if we bring snow into the classroom?” The children brought snow into the classroom to see if the snow stays the same or will it melt. We then discussed what happened and why it happened. I keep activities interesting so that children will want to learn and use their minds. In my classroom cognitive skills are used on a daily basis.
I also encourage children to be creative. Children should have access to materials such as markers, crayons, paint, pencils, and paper. By having these materials accessible will allow them to explore and be creative. I play many types of music including music in different languages. Playing music encourages them to dance and that is also a way for children to use their gross motor skills.
In my classroom I help children learn and understand how to properly communicate by using words. I do this by encouraging children to talk with...
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