Team Leader: Arti Chand
Orange Group: Jimin (email to be advised soon)
- Our focus: Importance of Gross Motor Skills
We have been talking about the Olympic games in senior preschool. The children have been learning about the different sports events held during the Olympics and we watched a few Olympic competitions such as running events, gymnastics, rowing, and diving together as well. Watching the Olympic games inspired our children to create their own events at preschool. We discussed the body movements and muscles (gross motor skills) we use when we play sports.
What are gross motor skills?
Gross motor skills are those which require whole-body movement, and which involve the large muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running, and jumping, and sitting upright at the table. They also include eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking) as well as riding a bike or a scooter and swimming.
Gross motor abilities also have an influence on other everyday functions. For example, a child’s ability to maintain appropriate posture (upper body support) will affect their ability to participate in fine motor skills (writing, drawing, and cutting) and sitting upright to attend to class instruction, which then impacts their academic learning.
Children develop gross motor skills at different rates. But when young children have trouble with those skills, it can make gross motor activities like running, jumping, and throwing difficult. If your child’s gross motor skills need a little extra help, try these fun activities:
- Trampolines – using a trampoline is a great activity to improve balance.
- Hopping and jumping – hopping and jumping require strong gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. Hopscotch is a simple way to practice those skills. (As a bonus, it can help practice number skills, too!)
- Playground play – playing on the playground can have many benefits for kids. Swinging on monkey bars can help kids develop balance. It also helps them learn how to coordinate shifting their weight and moving their legs back and forth.
- Balloon and bubble play – balloons and bubbles are a unique way to build gross motor skills because you can’t predict where they’re going to go. Kids can chase bubbles and try to pop as many as possible. While chasing them, they must run, jump, zigzag, and move in ways that require sudden shifts in balance and weight. The same goes for throwing and trying to catch or kick balloons.
- Dancing – whether it’s a dance class or an indoor dance party, dancing is good gross motor practice. It helps kids develop balance, coordination, and motor sequencing skills. It also helps build your child’s awareness of rhythm.
- Project Work
Our project topic is “Cars – electric cars, monster trucks, vans, and racing cars”. We will be learning about the different parts of a car and the mechanical functions of these vehicles.
- Special Moments
We look forward to welcoming Jimin Kim (Orange Group teacher) to senior preschool on the 23rd of August.
- Upcoming events:
- Senior preschool Disco – 3rd Theme is Winter Wonderland.