Before children head to formal education, parents will often spend hours focusing on developing their child's gross motor skills, such as, catching a ball, swinging on a swing by themselves and climbing playground equipment. However, fine motor skills, and developing the muscles in a child's fingers and hands, is just as important.
The kindergarten program in Australia teaches a variety of concepts through play-based learning. This is intended to assist children to transition into their first year of schooling. However; it is important to recognise that children will develop at their own pace.
Which is your story? You dread the child next door coming over to play; Your child comes home from school crying, Shes not my friend any more; You have two children and they are always fighting; You hear from others that your son is a bully; Your child often says, Thats not fair. Shes got more than me.
There is an old saying, Richer than I youll never be, for I had a parent who read to me. The benefits of reading can never be doubted however I would like to rewrite this saying and state, Richer than I youll never be, for I had a parent who told stories to me. In our highly visual world it is vital that children have an opportunity to listen and imagine. My passion is to encourage parents and teachers to include oral storytelling on a regular basis.