I decided that today would be a good day to do some gross motor activities. As early childhood teachers, we look at a child’s total development: gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, social and emotional, speech and language, and much more.
A child’s gross motor development is very important in their learning progress. Core development helps a child to sit, stand and move. Most fine motor development begins with gross motor development.
Jack Hartmann j song
Printing the letter Jj
Capital J– start at the top, when you get almost to the bottom, curve to the left, back to the top and put on a hat (some people do not add a hat)
lowercase j– go down and curve left, go back above and add a dot (just like with i, the dot should be up above and not be a scribbled dot)
Today’s activity: Jumping!
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jumping Mouse by Misty Schroe- Native American Folktale
No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold.
Today’s stories deal with three different jumps… jumping into the pool, leaping and jumping on the bed.
Get outside and jump! At the age of 3, your child should be able to jump forward with both feet together, landing with both feet together. At the age of 4, your child will begin to start hopping on one foot 3-5 times (he/she may be ore successful on one foot than the other). At the age of 5, they should be confident on hopping on one foot for 5-8 times and then switch to the other foot and do the same. They also start jumping and turning 180 degrees in the air
Teach your child how to do jumping jacks. Start with your arms and legs making an X (arms up and legs out). Jump into an I (arms at your sides and legs together). Repeat. X,I,X,I. This is a developmental skill. Not all children at this age can get their arms and legs to work together, and this skill requires both sides of the body to work together as well. Do it slowly to start and practice over time, he/she will get it with practice.
Make your own jumping frog (or draw it as a mouse, a person, or whatever you want to jump). View this video to make the cardboard jumping frog. If you follow my Instagram, you saw that this mouse can actually jump!