Wednesday, October 7, 2009
JUMPING FROM OUR TREE
Our basic, yet enjoyable activity during the last weeks of Term 3 consisted of a ladder (secured to the tree), some soft landing mats and our precious gum tree. Climbing trees helps children to develop upper body strength to enhance skills such as swinging, hanging and climbing. It also helps to develop arm and shoulder strength and muscle control. These skills are necessary for the development of controlled fine motor hand movements such as threading, posting, painting and handwriting. Children were drawn in to the adventure of this experience. Some were confident of their abilities and others practiced with me as a helping hand until they were confident to jump unaided. I watched with interest as our children watched, encouraged and learnt from each other. Peer learning is so powerful.