Best of Parenting 2020

Best of Parenting 2020

Apr 20, 2021

Spring Weather!

Our friends have been enjoying the perfect spring weather this week! They've been soaking up as much sunshine as they can before the rain days begin. We've seen a lot of our friends playing freeze tag , monkey bar, sandbox, riding tricycle, bubbles and chalk doodling. 
Lots of fun in the sun!






















 

Apr 14, 2021

 

Let's talk a little about fine motor skills...

It’s never too early to start working on fine motor skills, in fact, developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care. Fine motor skills involves everything that uses small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. The development of hand muscles is essential for grasping actions and coordination of finger movements. Hence why it is super important that you provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for your child. Fine motor skills also helps perform important tasks like writing, drawing, feeding themselves, grasping toys, buttoning and zipping clothes. There a ton of fine motor skill actives so make sure to keep the actives fun to make them want to explore. Below there’s a few activities you can try: 

  • Coloring
  • Cutting
  • Writing
  • Play Dough activities 
  • Beading Necklace 
  • Puzzles
  • Dressing dolls
  • Tying shoes
  • brushing teeth 
  • Buttoning and zipping 
  • Building with legos
  • Drawing on side walks 

This week at AOCS we focused a little on fine motor skills activities. Toddler Two were coloring and drawing, Preschool two was coloring, Prek-1 was mastering their cutting skills and Prek-2 was playing with Play dough. 



















Apr 7, 2021

 

Why is it important for your child to do gross motor activities?

This week at AOCS we had a bike for our Preschool and Pre-k classrooms which was so much fun! Apart from it being fun, it also helped our friends work on their gross motor skills. It is very important for kids to work on their gross motor skills. It helps a child gain strength and confident in his/her body. Cycling will also help develop a child's leg muscles, strengthen their bones, build their stamina and improve their cardiovascular development.  Not also does cycling help with muscles and stamina but it also has links to increase happiness, as well as giving kids more opportunities to make social connections. Riding bike has so many other benefits such as:

  • it's something the whole family can enjoy
  • it benefits kids mental health and learning 
  • develops balance
  • children learn to operate the bike while balancing, while steering, while regulating the speed. This motor integration helps build motor planing ability
  • children learn the importance of safety rules
  • bilateral motor coordination is enhanced when both hands simultaneously hold the handbars and steer while legs push and lift up on the pedals. 

"Life is lie riding a bicycle, to stay balanced you must keep moving."