I thought for today’s Teaching Tuesday, I would list some of the gross (large) motor skills that our young children develop over the years. Most of these come naturally and are fun to acquire because they’re practiced outside with mom and dad as well as other children.
In our family, my husband is in charge of helping the girls with any athletic skills as I am somewhat deficient in that area! He also ruled the “riding a bike without training wheels” process that our six-year-old just mastered (as I am sure he will one day lead in their driver’s training!)
Children are able to master these skills at various ages and with differing degrees of success. A large open area for play and an encouraging attitude is all that is needed to practice most of these activities.
- rolling out dough
- jump roping
- bike riding
- hitting a ball with a bat or racket
If you have any ideas for helping a child learn these skills, please let us know in the comments section.
Homeschoolers may want to check out the Carnival of Homeschooling, hosted this week at Walking Therein.