These activities are simple, brief and developmentally appropriate. As a part of a rich experiential curriculum, little lessons teaches basic and necessary skills young children need on a regular and consistent basis. It is our experience that genuine self-esteem is enhanced when children see their own progress in this structured and consistent format. These are lessons for you to use with your students… teaching opportunities. Use little lessons to introduce skills that are vital to the education of young children and that they will use as a foundation for the rest of their learning.
Little lessons will enhance: eye hand coordination, balance, self concept, pre-writing, visual development, language development, listening, attention span, size and shape discrimination, following directions, visual discrimination and vocabulary enrichment.
Packet includes bulletin board ideas and printable signs for art projects, clear instructions for use, many helpful hints. Littles lessons covers how to hold a crayon, gifted pages, group projects, games, parent communication, spotting difficulties, coloring pages, pre-drawing activities and pre-writing activities.
The first experience children have with writing or drawing is usually as simple as using their fingers to draw scribble on steamy glass, or using a stick to draw a line in sand. When a very young child first learns to scribble with crayon on paper it is a powerful experience. Usually scribbles are random works of art. The first part of little lessons helps us teach children to be intentional with their scribble movements (up and down, side to side, etc.)
Next, they will learn to make lines. Lines travel in one direction and also have a shape (straight curvy, zig zag, etc.). Drawing a line is more difficult since it requires coordinating many movements.
On go ahead pages, students who are ready can play games with lines for more practice and better control. Copies of these pages can go home to be played with a parent or sibling. Our goal is to help children to be aware that they control a line on the page, this fosters better fine motor control and motor planning and confidence in the future.