Allocate at least 2 hours in the field to support this field experience.
Development of fine motor skills in early childhood is fundamentally important. These skills are closely associated with the development needed for academic tasks such as writing and daily living activities.
For this assignment, choose an age range of children at your field experience childcare center, birth-8 months, 9-12 months, 13-24 months, or 25-36 months. Collaborate with your mentor teacher to develop and implement activities for the children of the selected age range.
Utilize the “Fine Motor Skills Activities Plan, Summary, and Reflection” template to develop the activities.
- Observe the students’ present levels of development.
- Plan two fine motor skills activities that are developmentally appropriate for the age range you selected. Activities should incorporate the creative arts such as art, music, and movement.
- Identify how the activities will be adapted to meet the needs of all students taking into consideration their readiness for learning.
With permission from your mentor teacher, implement your fine motor activities in the childcare setting with the children for whom the activities were designed. If your mentor teacher would like you to implement one of their lessons, that would be acceptable for this assignment.
In 250-500 words, summarize your observations, activities, and experiences implementing your activities. How did you identify readiness for learning while taking into account the multiple influences (linguistic and physical) on early development and learning?
Additionally, in 250-500 words, reflect on what you learned and might do differently next time, as well as how you plan to apply your new knowledge in your future professional practice.
Support your findings with 1-2 scholarly resources.
Submit the “Fine Motor Skills Activities Plan, Summary, and Reflection” template as your deliverable.