Take home OT
Here at Lil' Peeps we are aiming to keep things simple!
Childhood is a journey, not a race. We often start that journey in a different place, but getting to the end of the journey first isn't the aim... getting there smoothly, with confidence and lots of skills should be the aim!
We believe natural development does occur but vital things that can have a powerful impact on this developmental are meaningful connections, rich play and lots of movement. Our lives are so busy and demanding, that we we have the opportunity to be with our kids, we have to make the most of it.
We have put together a package of resources which are meant to give you lots of ideas to build on your already immense knowledge bank as parents and educators. They are in categories of daily health, gross motor, fine motor and handwriting. You will find handouts, games, link to websites and links to videos. Feel free to download it all, or book mark this page to keep coming back for tips and hints as will be be adding more links. Hopefully when you read through these resources you will nod your head, thinking "yeh - I do that"... or say "that's easy, I can do that"... and that is what we want to do, validate the great work you already do and inspire you to realise that you have the skills.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are at home with your children for a long period of time with a school closure, you may be inundated with lots of "online learning". This will be important, but it will also be important to have regular breaks from this. Any links we give you to online activities will be physically interactive to ensure we don't add more sedentary screen use to your day.
When using these activities we encourage you to use various activities, aiming for:
at least 20-30 minutes of targeted gross motor activities (per week day)
at least 15 minutes of targeted fine motor activities (per week day)
15 minutes of handwriting practice (per week day)
60 minutes of free choice physical activity (dancing, walking the dog, kicking the footy) every day!
15min to as much as required mindfulness, reflection and meditation - every day!
So now with 4 of my own children I am going to practice what I preach!!
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
Simple Developmental writing and gross motor markers
This checklist will reassure you that you are already doing a great job!