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Advice for a early years volunteer please!

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by cooperrebecca865, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. cooperrebecca865

    cooperrebecca865 New commenter

    Hi Everyone

    I am currently studying for a learning and teaching degree in order to become a primary school teacher and I'm hoping to specialise in early years. Last academic year I volunteered in years 1 and 2, however this academic year I am volunteering in early years. The teacher I work with is amazing and really helpful, she is showing me how to do guided reading and is helping me with phonics training so I can take a group of children for that. One of my responsibilities is In The Bag intervention. Not sure how many of you are familiar with this, but it is baciacally fine motor skills activities for those children who are struggling and not quite at the level where they should be. It consists of things like threading, picking things up with tweezers etc. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for other activities to increase the children's fine motor skills as I have almost exhausted the ones in the folder!
    Thanks in advance!
  2. lovecats10

    lovecats10 New commenter

    Have a look on pinterest .. tons of ideas on there! Lots of variations on the activities you suggested already such as using tongs instead of tweezers or spoons to move conkers/ marbles from one table to another. Spooning marbles into bottles, scrunching up tissue paper to fill a bottle, balancing marbles on golf tees, using water droppers to mix food colouring in small containers, playdough/clay/plasticene, using small brushes with paints, threading pony beads into pipecleaners or feathers, threading penne pasta onto dry spaghetti stuck in a blob of plasticene, threading buttons into pipecleaners, moulding wikistix into letters/ numbers/ shapes, using pipecleaners to make shapes or numbers/ letters, pushing pipecleaners through a cardboard box with small holes made in it (use a pencil!) ... honestly search fine motor skills on pinterest- you'll find tons of ideas :) Good luck :)
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  3. littlegetts

    littlegetts New commenter

    The Montessori method has quite a few activities and resources that support the development of fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. I am lost without my pipettes and tweezers! Hope this helps! two heads are always better than one!

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