Speaking and Listening:
Even before our babies are born, we are encouraged to talk to them! It seems so simple, yet as a teacher, I honestly had at least one or two children in my class each year who just were not spoken to at home! For whatever reason, the lack of talk had a huge detrimental impact on their ability to socialise, interact and make friends, let alone their ability to learn to read and write! From day one, we should set aside time to talk to and listen to our children, without distraction, without worrying about the endless list of jobs to do! Before long, they will be all grown up and besides anything else, we shouldn’t take this precious time for granted!
I LOVE this quote:
“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” (Catherine M. Wallace)
Fine Motor and Gross Motor Development:
Motor skills are carried out when the brain, nervous system, and muscles work together.
Fine motor skills are small movements: such as picking things up, manipulating small objects and holding a spoon. They use the small muscles in the fingers and wrists. Fine motor development is crucial for skills such as feeding yourself, tying your laces, doing up buttons and writing.
Gross motor skills are the big movements: such as rolling over, sitting, jumping, stretching, swinging etc. They use the large muscles in the arms, legs, torso, and feet.