Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stringing Beads at The Early Learning Center

      Stringing beads will help your little one develop small motor skills. However, it could also teach him or her even more! Teach your children to also make patterns with the beads. The patterns can be about color, shape or size. By learning to mimic patterns and/or design their own, young children practice a very significant pre-literacy skill; words and sentences have shape, length, pattern and location too!
      Just left, you can see that one of my young students is learning to make patterns and also to follow directions. During her assignment, she was required to string the beads according to the instructions of the lead teacher. She had to listen carefully, concentrate on the order of colors and determine the size of each apple shaped bead in order to complete the assignment. This was a more advanced variation of the stringing project she was asked to perform last week. Every time she completes one stringing activity with confidence, she will be given a new slightly more difficult stringing assignment to accomplish. Step-by-step she will be taught increasingly more complex procedures and by the time she enters kindergarten, she will be ready to 'string' letters from the alphabet together in order to read and write sentences.

Here Ejahi's toddler demonstrates how to string beads using pipe cleaners.

      Above is a video of a sweet little child learning to 'string' beads on pipe cleaners. This is a great idea for young toddlers because the chenille stems are stiff and therefore, easier to poke through beads. When teachers, parents or anyone really, makes concessions for the limited abilities of  students, teachers call this adaptation scaffolding. As this little girl grows and her motor skill develops, she will be able to string beads with a shoe string and eventually a needle and thread. 

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