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Are old fashioned blocks boring or beneficial?With all of the technology children have access to today, sometimes blocks can seem, well, boring. However, don’t underestimate this age-old toy.Blocks remain one of the most important toys for children to use in order to develop critical skills for school and for life.
Through block play, children learn the following skills:
Science Concepts: Children learn science when they experience gravity as their constructions fall. They also learn the use of simple machines as they build ramps to their buildings.
Spatial Reasoning: Young designers learn to manipulate space and objects through block play.Will this fit here?Will this fall down?Will this make the shape I want?Block play allows children to explore navigation of space and direction.
Math Concepts: Some of the math skills encountered through block play include counting, comparison of length and width, names of shapes and how to combine certain geometric shapes to make other shapes.Children are even learning the basics of addition when they discover that two short blocks will be the same size as another block.
Reading and Writing Skills: Through block play, children understand the importance of sequence, an important early reading skill, as they retell Read more →
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In part 2 of How To Improve Handwriting Skills, Occupational Therapist works on specific handwriting techniques with a student. (Click here For Part 1)
In This Video You Will Learn:
What’s the best sitting position for good handwriting
What is a slant-board and how it can help
What is a helper hand
Announcer: From Chicago’s leading experts in pediatrics to a worldwide audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.
Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn Ackerman. Today I am standing with occupational therapist Deborah Michael. Deborah’s going to show us how to work with a child on handwriting.
Deborah: You have to stay between the two red lines, right? All right, are you ready? How’s your engine feeling now? A little slower, right? Okay. Which pencil are you going to use?
Child: This one.
Deborah: Okay. Here goes the timer. Are you ready?
Child: What should I write?
Deborah: Well, let’s see your shirt. How about ‘Go Blackhawks’? Ready? Okay, now you want to make sure your feet are on the floor, your elbows are at the right height, and the chair is very important, the chair you’re on. We already talked about that. The ball, the chair, the blanket, go.
Make it a capital. Hit those two red lines. Let’s move this up a little bit. Go ahead.
This is a slant board, which is easier to write on and also easier when you’re copying from a blackboard. Here, let me get that. I just wanted to show everybody. The slant board, when you’re copying from the wall, it’s just easier than going all the way down to the floor.
Child: Is ‘hawks’ capitalized?
Deborah: You have it right here. You can capitalize the whole thing. There you go. Well, now you’re going really slowly. Let’s make it a little bit faster because your time’s almost up. We definitely slowed you down. Nice. Now let’s just copy this. You can see how it’s a little bit easier with this slant board to copy this. Just write ‘2010’ right there.
Beautiful. Just one more thing. Wait, this is your helper hand. You need your helper hand on the paper. Go ahead. Good work. All done. High-five. OK. Go take a break. Go run around.
Robyn: Thank you Deborah, and thank you to our viewers. And remember, keep on blossoming!
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