I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ~ Albert Einstein


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Meeting Pre- Standards Through Play; Domain: Physical Development and Health

Pre-K Content Area: Physical Development-Sensory

Pre-K Benchmark: Children use their senses to assist and guide learning.

Children learn best when using all of their senses to help engage them in meaningful experiences. The senses are the most familiar way for children to explore, process, and come to understand new information. Through sensory activities, children are building cognitive skills, promoting curiosity, learning to investigate, collect data, and problem solve. While using their senses, the children are also able to build their vocabulary using descriptive words to discuss sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. Squishing the cool finger paint in their hands, the smell of
chocolate chip cookies baking, and listening to birds chirping at the window just some of the sensory experiences we learn through everyday.

Making Oobleck

In a tub of Bubbles

Picking our blueberry bushes

Exploring Icicles

Shaving Cream Fun

Baking cookies

Listening to The babies birds chirping outside

Squishy water beads

Pre-K Content Area: Physical Development-Sensory/Motor

Pre-K Benchmark: Children use sensory information to plan and carry out movements.

Children also use their senses to demonstrate and exhibit appropriate body awareness, movements, and spatial boundaries when carrying out a task. We practice these skills when climbing the stairs, carrying our plates to the sink, in action songs during circle time, and in movement games such as Simon Says and Follow the Leader.

Jumping on the trampoline

Finding our way through a corn maze
Walking heel to toe on a line
Exploring inclined planes

Pre-K Content Area: Physical Development-Gross Motor

Pre-K Benchmark:Children Demonstrate coordination and control of large muscles.

Pre-k Benchmark:Children combine a sequence of large motor skills with and without the use of equipment.

The children practice their balancing and traveling skills daily during sitting, standing, and movement activities such as running, jumping, hopping, dancing, and climbing stairs. They also practice these skills using materials such as kicking balls, jump ropes, climbers, and ride on toys with and without pedals.  

Climbing stairs

Riding our favorite tractor

Hopping on animal paws

Jumping on the climber

Climbing hay bales at the farm

Pre-K Content Area: Physical  Development-Fine Motor

Pre-K Benchmark: Children demonstrate eye-hand coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects.

Each day, many and varied materials are available to the children which help promote fine motor skills. Children are exposed to art materials such as paint brushes and clay, writing tools, and scissors. The children also manipulate small objects such as stringing beads, lacing cards, geo boards, legos, and puzzles. They serve themselves at meal time, using eating and serving utensils including serving spoons and tongs. We practice dressing skills such as buttoning, zipping, and tying our shoes.

Preparing our meals
Writing on clear contact paper
Squeezing droppers
Working with playdough
Practicing letters
Stringing beads
Using scissors

Up next....

Continuing with Physical development, we'll be looking at physical fitness, health, and safety


  1. What awhole bunch of fun! Happy healthy kids are a great result! :)

  2. I'd love to know how the baby does with the water beads??? I have 3 under 2 and would love to let them explore, but not sure how it would be?? I know I'd have to be right there, but otherwise is there any tips you have??

  3. Found the blog post with the baby in the water beads ;) So, I see, just let him/her go and then go with it myself :)

  4. Hi Michelle! Glad you found us! With all of our activities, I allow the babies to be fully involved. I stay RIGHT beside them, and guide them in their play. Of course, they try to mouth things, so I make sure I'm always there to redirect them. I love to watch them explore something for the first time! So the most important tip I have is just DIRECT supervision. When I allow the babies to explore things like the water beads, sand, paint, etc, I make sure not to have too many other things going on to distract me. :)