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Motor skills are essential for a child’s cognitive development and can influence skill training.
The development of fine and gross motor skills is a vital aspect of a child’s learning journey, and early childhood educators will emphasize that it is a structured, conscious and purposeful effort that ensures that development cognitive is facilitated. According to Piaget’s theory, the two are closely related because learning occurs through associations and experiences in the physical environment and the social world.
Put simply, analyze the growth – from the first time a child fixes his gaze on moving objects after birth, “reacts” to familiar faces with a smile, is able to “hang on” and “hold on” , To independent turning motion, to seated tolerance to crawl walking and running later, these “acts” are the result of “motors” in play from coarse to fine and these are captured in mind as a cause and effect reaction to further construction as the journey progresses through schooling. The basis of cognitive development which is nothing more than a series of impulses and reactions that allow a child to think rationally and apply past experiences by weighing the pros and cons finds his competent partner when the development of fine and gross motor skills is seamlessly nurtured.
The role of adults in providing a myriad of opportunities to develop these skills is therefore crucial. At home, and more importantly in schools, classrooms should be empowering, flexible and inviting for children to develop and strengthen their motor development. The physical manipulation of different materials independently, the use of different manipulative toys and equipment, the movement of exposure to a variety of tools to “strengthen” these finger muscles are important elements in lesson planning. . Educators should make a conscious effort to encourage children to develop both fine and gross motor skills by using learning stations with plenty of drawing, coloring, cutting, squeezing, picking, sorting, building, crushing, tearing, molding for fine motor skills and incorporating lots of play time indoors and outdoors using hurdles, obstacles, tires, blocks, ropes , jumps, running, floor exercises, etc. to develop gross motor skills. These are easily integrated when teaching different subject concepts, be it language or math, science or environmental science, as the activities structured around fine and gross motor skills make the more practical, “real” and sustainable learning for students.
Exploration and discovery are vital skills that also help promote cognitive development! School programs must therefore provide children with ample opportunities to engage in activities that promote exploration and learning by using research skills and experiences to help them make ‘connections’ which are relevant milestones. and important ones that ultimately lead to the management of more complex data in recent years. It is extremely vital to understand the essentials of sustaining this type of learning by going beyond a traditional ‘chalk’ based curriculum.
The increased deployment of computer skills through mouse and pen manipulation and personal care is also closely related to the development of a child’s brain. Incorporating them into the program is a great idea as they will equip students with all the skills they need to survive in the real world. Limited exposure and a lack of planning can sometimes prevent students from completing classroom tasks, which can lead to delays that then require intervention through therapy. With rapid and exponential technological growth, educators and facilitators will need to be mindful of this preparation to keep students “ready for life” and not just ready for the classroom. Traditional careers will be automated to a large extent, and therefore a child’s cognitive ability to adopt, adapt, transfer skills and innovate will be the differentiator, and exposure to technology management, coding will be the differentiator. skills that need to be developed and these can be deployed with a host of fine and gross motor activities.
The key to all of this lies in the ability of the school leadership and team to be creative, to make the best use of available resources and to take milestones into account, and through technology and the virtual platform due to the pandemic, there has been better access for the world of educators to unit and collaborate and share best practices.
The allocation of time for this hands-on learning will need to be a well-directed effort, and requires careful allocation, a break from the traditional approach to teaching and competent teachers to lead this facilitation as opposed to teaching, and make the visible thinking will only promote cognitive development which will ultimately define the way forward for students.