- PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW! – Preschoolers will be getting their pictures taken first thing in the morning.
- No School, Friday Oct 19th. Parent / Teacher conferences
- Fun Fest, Friday October 19th
Our preschoolers are busy from morning drop off until pick up in the afternoons. Throughout their day at school they are constantly tasked with learning new skills, developing new language, and gaining a sense of their independent abilities. Some of the many important skills they are learning revolve around their small / fine motor development. The development in their small/fine motor areas help them accomplish so many tasks from learning to write to buttoning shirts, opening lunch containers to putting together puzzles. The students have been (and will continue to be) exposed to a variety of skills that help to build the muscles in their fingers and hands. Small motor development is an integral part of their independence and academic success here at Rivendell School.
( Students using their small/fine motor skills at Rivendell School. )
We encourage you to provide opportunities for your child(ren) to further develop these skills at home. A variety of toys/games and activities can help to promote small/fine motor development. The list below is a tiny sampling of some fun ideas for small motor development within the home.
- Playing board games (pinching the pieces, holding the cards, working collaboratively with both hands)
- Modeling clay or Play-doh (pinching, rolling the clay with a rolling pin, controlling the clay with both hands, rolling the clay into a ball, and more)
- Puzzles, both board puzzles and floor puzzles (manipulating the pieces, turning the pieces, and picking them up)
- Practicing buttoning, zipping, and snapping ones clothes
- Helping to load the dishwasher (a skill they practice here at school after snack)
- Beading and Lacing (using hands in a collaborative manner, pinching)
- Using tweezers or tongs in the kitchen to help serve food (hand strength, using hands and fingers together)
- Putting on their own shoes
- Coloring with markers and crayons
- Helping to make their beds, putting sheets on and putting pillows in pillow case
*Secret Task* – Take a photo of your child developing their small/fine motor skills and email it to their preschool teacher *
The preschoolers have also been filling up their days with many special events.
We have had a visit from our friend, Polly, who is a Spellbinder Storyteller. She came to share some fall and Halloween based stories with the students.
The students have been enjoying playing in the leaves on the playground.
And, next week we will be going on a wagon ride around the neighborhood. Our friend, Troy, will bring his tractor and wagon and pull the students through the neighborhood while looking for signs of fall and Halloween.