Refining Fine Motor Skills Through Making0
Finland is known as being one of the leading countries in education. They have shorter school days than other OECD (The Organisation of Economic, Co-operation and Development) countries but still manage to incorporate time for students to work on projects to strengthen their fine motor skills, creativity and imagination. Some of these activities include knitting, crochet, building with lego and blocks, and arts and crafts.
Too often, these activities get discounted as being unimportant. In reality, they are critical because they help students to keep their focus and attention, enhancing their ability to concentrate on a single activity for a longer period. They build fine motor skills, which are important for handwriting, tinkering with small objects, using a knife and fork, tying shoelaces and many more necessary daily activities. Furthermore, they provide an outlet for students to explore their imagination and creativity.
Twitter is awash with educators, parents and students who are using Makedo for these exact reasons and we're excited because this is a link that we have made too. We've seen educators using Makedo in endless ways to refine their students’ fine and gross motor skills because every time children use Makedo, these are the skills they are honing.
Many students are tactile/kinesthetic learners and need to be engaged in hands-on activities where they are moving and using their different senses to learn and fully grasp a new idea and concept. Teachers on Twitter have used Makedo to learn concepts, such as ‘righty tighty, lefty loosey' and to make graphic elements like letters of the alphabet and numbers. These activities promote both fine motor skills and support students who learn more through hands-on activities.
With all these reasons in mind, how can you use Makedo to build your students' fine motor skills?