Science continues to link early skill development in executive functioning and fine motor skills to later math and reading success. An Education Week online article from May 17, 2013 summarizes the University of Virginia’s research findings which indicate that executive function, fine-motor skills, and general knowledge in kindergarten are better predictors of 8th grade reading and math achievement than early-literacy skills.
Cutting and building with construction paper, building with blocks and modeling clay, as well as copying designs and shapes onto various materials are excellent activities. Children engaging in these tasks are practicing the mental coordination of an action in conjunction with fine motor skills such as building construction paper chains. As part of a $1 million pilot projected supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of Virginia researchers found significant improvement in executive function and math skills in 1st grade students as a result of these types of activities.
Summer is the perfect time to engage your child in dynamic play with fine motor activities building whatever their imagination and yours can create! Have fun developing your child’s thinking skills, fine motor coordination and problem solving abilities and watch their math and reading skills soar!
For the entire Education Week online article click here