Monday, February 9, 2015

Hopscotch: Whole Child Learning

whole child learning, preschool, large motor activity


We're taking it back old school for this Whole Child activity: hopscotch!  Remember playing this during recess in elementary school?  Well, not only is it fun, but it engages a child as a whole: 

Mind:
Incorporating numbers (or even letters!) into the Hopscotch grid adds focus and concentration and may even help some children learn more actively (those who are kinesthetic learners.)

Body:
Gross (Large) Motor is engaged when jumping, bending, balancing, throwing; any movements that challenge the child's whole body.
Fine (small) Motor skills are used when grasping and picking up the marker stone.
Eye-hand coordination is at work when aiming for a square on the hopscotch grid when tossing the marker stone.  Perceived depths and spatial relationships are also put into play.



Spirit:
Fresh Air.  Physical Activity.  Mental Stimulation.  Check, check and check!

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