3's * Caroline McKnight * Susan Green * Yukiko Sobue *
We have introduced supervised cutting (fine motor work), some basic name and shape recognition. The children stay busy with painting, using markers, cleaning up after themselves and generally cooperating in their group setting. Over the next few months we will introducing the proper grip for holding scissors and writing utensils. Not all three year olds are ready for these activities. We will assess which children need a bit more time for small muscle development. For those who need a little more time, there are activities which will help such as using hole punchers, squeezing playdough, etc. Small legos are also very good for muscle development and coordination. As the cold weather sets in, it is a perfect opportunity for children to begin learning how to get their own jacket on. When the children begin to succeed, they feel accomplished and successful. We help the children dress for snow play and encourage them to do as much as they can. We always appreciate a parent volunteer coming in early to help us get the children warmly dressed for snow play.