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Reflective Competency Statement II: To advance physical and intellectual competence
I believe young children learn best through physical movement and interaction with their environment, therefore, they must be provided with endless hands-on and movement opportunities and experiences. To advance a child’s physical and intellectual competence, they must be involved in developmentally appropriate gross motor and fine motor development activities. Through gross and fine motor developmental skill building, young children are primarily using their senses of touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste to start making sense of the world around them and giving meaning to the information being obtained. Because children first learn about their world through their senses, I make it a point to include sensory activities in the curriculum.
CS II a: One of the learning experiences I chose was Puddle Jump. In this activity, the children jump on numbered puddles in the correct order, or to a number you have called out. This gives children the movement they need while also teaching them mathematics in a creative and exciting way. The children are excited to jump and use their energy to play the game and interact with their peers. This activity engages multiple parts of their brain to help them learn and grow not only physically but mentally, as well.
CS II b: Most interaction and experiences in this classroom support the children’s cognitive development and decision making skills. Shaving Cream Sensory Bags provide a fun, mess free way for children to learn colors and use their problem solving skills to determine why the bag changes colors and what color it will become. The children begin with two colors inside of the sensory bag and as they squish and mold the bag, the colors begin to mix and the children experience the creation of a new color. This activity allows the children to use their sense of sight and touch which are crucial parts of cognitive development.
CS II c: Painting with Yarn is a fun and exciting way for the children to communicate their emotions or feelings. Through the use of different colors and patterns created, the children can express themselves without words. By providing the children with different colors of paint and the opportunity to create a picture or design in their own way allows them to develop both mentally and physically. They are engaging in fine motor skills by manipulating the yarn and paint, and using their decision making skills to design their picture.
CS II d: I believe the most important way to promote language development in all children, including dual language learners, is through conversation. Talking with the children and interacting with them on their terms through play will help them with language development as well as social skills. Visual schedules are an important part of every early childhood classroom as well labels for toys and different items in the classroom. I also believe that reading books and singing songs to engage children in speaking and using their language skills to communicate with one another is the best way to promote language development in children.

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