Teachers know how important it is to develop childrenrsquo;s fine motor skills as a stepping stone to future learning. Christy Isbellrsquo;s new book, Mighty Fine Motor Fun , provides teachers with the tools and information to teach fine motor skills to children ages three to five. Isbell covers a wide range of current research on fine motor development, from developmental differences between boys and girls to guideposts for what is developmentally appropriate for children at each age.The activities in Mighty Fine Motor Fun are organized by age; they are useful and creative, but most important, they are fun! With few materials needed, teachers will find that the activities are perfect for both large and small groups, and are easy to integrate into any curriculum.Activities include: Moving Bubbles Hide-and-Seek Playdough Tape It Up! Shape Person Itsy Bitsy Writing Utensils Paper MobileIn the final chapter of the book, author and occupational therapist Christy Isbell answers real questions from preschool teachers, including ldquo;Should preschoolers use lsquo;fatrsquo; or lsquo;skinnyrsquo; pencils?rdquo; ldquo;What type of paper is best for cutting?rdquo; and ldquo;When should a child use an adult-like grasp of the pencil?rdquo;Teachers will appreciate the practical, real-world knowledge Isbell offers, and children will love the playful, absorbing activities!
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March 31, 2010
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