Objective: Children will explore dexterity and the difficulty of everyday tasks with and without gloves and/or mittens.
The ability to manipulate things with the hands is called dexterity. Dexterity is a fine-motor skill such as the small movement of the hands and fingers. Picking things up and being able to hold on to them is known as grasping and is an important developmental stage in children. Grasping things is an important first step for a child in learning everyday tasks such as feeding and dressing oneself and learning how to write.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.