I was at the the thrift store, treasure hunting. I was excited when I found this gem. This stuffed friend has a button, a zipper, and a tie up shoe. The kids can use this to practice their improve their fine motor skills.
The importance of motor skills is often overlooked as children reach elementary age. However, motor skills are directly correlated to academic achievement. Our physical movement builds neural pathways. Motor skills are also building blocks for writing and drawing, both of which are also great for improving cognitive function.
Shay Malone is a developmental education specialist. A certified teacher (emotional and learning disabilities and middle school mathematics) with a background in psychology, she has worked with children and families for over 15 years in many different capacities. She believes that emotional growth is just as important as academic achievement. Shay is an advocate for homeschooling, exceptional learners and quality education.