I will provide indoor activities like crawling, dancing, jumping, walking on a balance beam to promote the child's gross motor skills. Children in my class love to play freeze dance, this is a fun game and promotes listening skills. For outdoor activities, our center has a playground with jungle gym equipment for climbing, running and sliding. The large sand pit allows for shoveling sand from one bucket to another and a place to build roads for the tractors.
My activities for developing fine motor skills are cutting with scissors in combination with sequencing events in order. For example, four squares sequenced on how to plant and grow a plant. Daily, we will work daily on writing their names, learning the letters that are in their names, and holding the pencil correctly.
I encourage my students that being ready for kindergarten is being responsible for their own belongings. This is a time in life where children are used to their parents doing everything for them and my job is to widen that gap so they feel good about doing things for themselves. For my children with special needs these goals do not change, although they may need a little more encouragement and time.
To promote cognitive development, I will provide activities and materials to develop children's curiosity, problem solving and reasoning skills. I will provide a time in our daily schedule for exploring our manipulative cabinet where there are puzzles, magnets, gears, colored counting cubes and blocks. When reading stories I will ask open-ended questions and allow time for discussion. During circle time we will sing many fun songs about the letters of the alphabet and days of the week. Every other week we go to the library and have the librarian read to us. For the child with special needs I will have pencil holders and give extra time to complete their projects.
For preschoolers communication is a vital part