By: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L
Ask any little kid: Ripping and tearing is fun!
What little ones don’t realize is that as they rip magazine pictures to make collages or tear tissue paper to make textured artwork, they’re also refining and building fine motor skills.
In occupational therapy, we talk about the “dynamic” and the “static” sides of the hand. The dynamic side, which includes the thumb, pointer and long fingers, does the “moving,” while the static side, which includes the ring and pinky fingers, do the “stabilizing.” That combination – “moving” and “stabilizing” — is essential to holding a pencil, cutting with scissors or even buttoning a shirt.
Specifically, when your little one is ripping and tearing, he or she:
- Promotes separation of the two sides of the hand
- Fosters strength in the intrinsic hand muscles
- Facilitates the wrist movement, primarily extension, so important in handwriting, typing and other daily…
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Play outside for an hour or so
Take a fall walk/hike (Put a piece of tape on each child’s wrist so that they can attach various leaves and sticks to it to make a fall bracelet.)
Sing: To the Tune of 5 little indians
1 little, 2 little, 3 little leaves
4 little, 5 little, 6 little leaves
7 little, 8 little, 9 little leaves
Blow them all away. Whoosh!
A Fall Fingerplay
Pretty leaves are falling down (flutter fingers)
Green, orange, yellow, and brown. (point to colors)
Here comes one colored red,
It landed on my head! (tap head)
Read: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Count with Acorns -Math manipulative (Count by 2’s)
Lunch time + Vietnamese week (learning about culture through food)
clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup carrot, peeled and grated
1/3 cup thinly sliced white onion
2 tablespoons jalapeno chile, finely chopped
1 (16 inch) baguette
4 teaspoons low-fat mayonnaise
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked or 3/4 lb pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
With chef’s knife, mash garlic and salt into a paste.
Transfer to a mixing bowl and add vinegar and sugar, stirring to dissolve.
Add carrots, onions and chilies.
Toss to coat, set aside.
Slice baguette into 4 equal lengths.
Split each piece horizontally.
Spread cut sides with mayonnaise.
Arrange the meat on the 4 bottom halves.
Sprinkle with lime juice and 5-spice powder.
Top with the carrot salad and a shower of cilantro leaves.
Cover with bread tops.
Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/vietnamese-sandwiches-26412?oc=linkback
Clean up and nap time
While kids are sleeping make a fall feel box out of anything. We use what we have on hand. Put pinecones, leaves,apples, nuts and acorns inside.
Charlotte mason-hymn study- Art appreciation-coloring
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This week we will have a Lesson plan schedule and sample posted on Monday and more.
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Top 61 Things to do here
1.Go Apple Picking with the little ones
Make an apple picking bag-those ones that they have at the orchard are flimsy and they break.
Cut the apples in half, grab some green and red paint
Use a canvas bag and plop the paint laden apples on there.
2. Make an apple pie
3.Have your little ones paint with red and create apple trees
4.Make homemade applesauce
- 4 apples
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Peel and core the apples. Cut the apples into bite size pieces. Heat a medium pot on medium heat. Add the orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the diced apples and give the mixture a stir. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. All the apples to simmer in the liquid for 30 minutes. Remove the cooked apples from the heat. Allow the apples to cool and mash with a potato masher or in a food processor.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
5.Go on a nature hike visit a local Audubon site they always have great hikes.
6.Bob for apples
9.Go on a hayride!
12.Head to a local harvest festival and play every game!
16. Go to a pumpkin patch
17.Do a pumpkin crayon melt: use old crayons and melt them over the pumpkin.
21.Make your own finger-paints and fingerpaint outside.
24.Make some chili and watch a movie
32. Invite friends over and have a costume party on Halloween.
36. Watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”
45.Listen to fall music (Vivaldi the four seasons)
49.Lean about Pumpkins-read a book and watch this:
51.Rake leaves and jump
53.Look for a place to learn swimming this fall indoors
54.Have a bonfire and S’mores
55. Fall foliage drive
It’s beautiful now, have to look around pick a few.
1. Leaf Jumping-dive into the leaves and feel the crisp air of your face.
2.Have a barnyard themed party.
3. Go apple picking
4.Do bark rubbings on the trees
5. Go to the family farm and ride on a tractor ,help with chores.
6.Make your own costume
7. Make your own apple cider
8. Make a house pomander
9.Make your own scarf.
10.decorate a pumpkin
11. get lost in a corn maze
12. collect acorns and put them in a jar
13. craft with leaves.
This week ahead is filled with great homeschool opportunities.
It includes learning about current events. You can start by showing these to your kids on the Times website.
A Creepy Character
Toddlers love the math, they love creating and creating.
You can send your child on a number hunt through the house. It’s great to get them moving and they will have fun searching for your hand drawn numbers posted everywhere.
You will need cards, books or other items that show numbers. The more variety the better, just make sure that you place them in spots around the house that your toddler will be aware of. As a last resort if you do not have anything around to make it work use whatever you can to draw large numbers on.
Hide them in their room,
on the door,
on the floor
That’s our tip for today, we love math days…