Motor Skills

Understanding Early Childhood Development

Children are as unique as snowflakes, each having their own distinct personality. There are certain developmental milestones most children reach within a specific time frame. The age when your child smiles at you, says their first word, starts to crawl and masters other tasks can give you insights into how well they are achieving these important developmental milestones.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills generally refer to the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue.

Are my child’s fine motor skills typical?

‘Fine motor’ refers to the development of small muscle movements of the hands. Fine motor skills develop as your child’s whole body gains mobility, stability, cognitive, and emotional/social development.

When we think of fine motor skills those that most often come to mind include:

  • Tying of a shoe
  • Writing
  • Cutting paper with scissors

However, there are several foundations before your child will acquire those skills. Those building blocks include stability, bilateral coordination, and sensation.

Stability is the ability to keep one part of the body still while another part moves.

Bilateral coordination is the efficient use of both hands during activities. One hand will manipulate while the other is the ‘helping hand.

Sensation is knowing where your hands, arms, and fingers are, and how they are moving. Once the building blocks are established, your child will use small, accurate, and precise movements to open containers, pick up tiny objects, stack blocks, and many other skills.

Activities at Rhythm N Rhyme are geared to typically help our Bugs attain and master fine motor skills.

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills involve the development of muscles that will enable babies to hold their head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, jump and skip.

Are my baby’s gross motor skills typical.

Gross motor development involves a persons larger, stronger muscles. As your baby grows into a child, it’s the development of these muscles that will enable it to hold its head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, jump and skip.

If your neighbor’s nine month old is already walking and your nine-month-old baby is content to crawl, don’t become alarmed. Babies develop at their own pace.

Developing the upper body can be done with basic gymnastic skills which we incorporate in our music sessions at Rhythm n Rhyme. Our Bugs and Beasts learn donkey kicks, monkey jumps etc which helps in developing upper body strength.

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