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Cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development

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Cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development

How cooking is beneficial for fine motor skill development   Discover the developmental benefits that children experience from making Stephanie Alexander’s Cauliflower Fritters with Mint Yoghurt.   Check out more of Stephanie Alexander's recipes here - https://www.stephaniealexander.com.au/what-to-cook/recipes/   Fine motor skills is a term used to describe small and coordinated movements for activities such as handwriting, doing up buttons, opening food packets, tying up shoe laces, building small blocks, eating with a spoon, folding paper, and many more.   Children develop and practice their fine motor skills through gardening and cooking when they use small hand movements such as tearing lettuce, sprinkling herbs,...

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How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears

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How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears

How to teach children to tie shoe laces without tears Learning to tie shoe laces can be stressful for parents and children, so practice during a quiet time of the day when you aren't in a rush to get to school or the shops, and when the child isn't tired or already agitated.     There is more than one way to tie shoe laces. Some people prefer to make two loops, while other people prefer to make one loop and wrap the other lace around the singular loop. To be honest, I prefer the one loop method, but I find...

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Early childhood educators sharing their knowledge and expertise with families during Covid19

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Early childhood educators sharing their knowledge and expertise with families during Covid19   There is no correct answer for supporting families and educators during the Covid19 pandemic. No textbook ever written has prepared us for this situation. It is more important now, more than ever, to support each other during this pandemic in the best way that we can. In my opinion, the best way to support our families and educators, is by sharing our knowledge and expertise for children, and doing what is in the best interests of the children that we care for and educate. We’re all aware...

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How early childhood educators and teachers can support preschoolers during Covid19

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How early childhood educators and teachers  can support preschoolers during Covid19   We’re all feeling the pressure at the moment to: ‘homeschool’ our children; develop remote learning packs for preschoolers; continue the kindergarten curriculum in the home; provide flexible learning plans for families in self-isolation; provide a safe learning environment for children with families who are ‘essential workers’. The pressure is overwhelming and stressful, and has had an impact on all educators, teachers, leadership teams, families, and children. In my opinion as an allied health professional I believe that the most important task for us to undertake at the moment...

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Are we expecting too much from our preschoolers?

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Are we expecting too much from our preschoolers?

Are we expecting too much from our preschoolers?   I write this blog article as a frustrated kinder mum, and now a confused, child development therapist.   If I had of written this blog article last year, I would have shared my excitement about getting children ready for school, by improving their: Gross motor skills Fine motor skills Ability to maintain focus Ability to follow instructions Letter recognition Counting 10 objects   I still agree with the importance of development children's gross motor skills, fine motor skills, ability to focus and follow instructions. However, now, as a kinder mum, I feel confused...

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