Foundations of Fine Motor Development [Webinar]

In this session, we were joined by Stacey Band, Parent Coach and Founder of Home Day Hero. Stacey talked about the starting points for writing, and children using their hands. She went into how tactile experiences help grow a child’s functions of their hands and coordination and how educators can create experiences to help build a foundation for learning.

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Stacy Band

Stacey Band holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, a Master Degree in Public Administration from a School of Education, and is an AMS certified Montessori Teacher. She has more than 12 years of experience working with children in various capacities and through her work with Home Day Hero, a parent coaching company, Stacey is proud to offer a variety of support services aimed to enhance the lives of families. Through thoughtful and meaningful support, Stacey provides parents and caregivers with resources that further their children’s success at home and school. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two young children and her college sweetheart, going on nature walks, and creating cooking and art projects.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Stacey

  • There are 3 types of activities that can encourage hand strengthening: Sensory based and art-related activities, any activity that requires hand-eye coordination, and everyday life experiences. 
  • If you want to get your children using their hands then dive into activities like Playdough, sand play, painting, drawing with chalk, and using child-safe scissors. 
  • Sensory-based activities are an awesome option for helping children build independence, and create something of their own. 
  • It’s important to provide hand-eye coordination activities so children can have open-ended play, use both their hands and develop bilateral coordination. 
  • When just starting out, observe the child and see where they are at. Then identify what their strengths are, and build on them. From there pair strength with a challenge and help the child take their skills to the next level.

✨Resources

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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

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