6 Principles for Fine Motor Activities: #5

5. “Begin at the edge of the Familiar” (Dr. Murdina Desmond)

 ALWAYS insure success by starting with a task your child can already do and building on those skills.  Success promotes motivation which promotes continued learning. If he is able to do a task easily and completely, introduce the task with an additional step to make it slightly more difficult.  For example:  Your child is able to play the game Connect 4 by easily holding and dropping the disc in the slots.  Add a pair of toaster tongs or strawberry hullers to be used for picking up the disc which provides an additional challenging step.

Next week we will finish with Principle #6:  “Freedom to Be” (Sally Dutton)


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