Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Small Manipulatives

I have a small manip shelf that each week I put new things on to help develop the childrens small motor development, cognitive skills, eye-hand coordination and more.
This week I put out Legos, Fiddle Sticks, and stacking blocks. It's always interesting to see what things the children make and come up with. I also like to assess at this station to see where the children are cognitivley so I know what to work with them on. For example, one child might understand the concept of stacking the blocks from largest to smallest or smallest to largest, where another child might not be developmentally at that stage yet, or understand the concept. This is where I can jump in and help them or even just interact with them while they are working.
Many great things happen at the small manip shelves!!