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theschoolboards
06-23-2011, 08:52 AM
This from Aristotle Circle (http://www.aristotlecircle.com/blog/get-ahead-test-prep-common-physical-tasks):

This series helps parents understand the skills a child will need to pass the kindergarten and first grade entrance exams and provides tips on how to start building these skills early.

What common physical tasks are needed on tests?
The WISC, WPPSI, OLSAT and ERB all test children’s ability to hold a pencil and make basic marks such circles or checks. Children are also expected to be able to demonstrate gross motor skills such as jumping and balancing on one foot during any school admission interviews.

How early can I start teaching my child physical tasks?
Your child will develop physical capabilities naturally through their development and letting your child relax and develop at their own pace is important. However, exposing your child to writing implements, coloring books and other activities will give them encouragement and practice with pencil grip. Until the age of 1 and a half children use all four fingers to grip a pencil. By the age of 4 a child’s grip develops to the pincer grip, which allows more control.

Some ideas for practicing common physical tasks:

Games that require pincer grip Pick-up sticks, checkers, marbles and other board games with smallish pieces give your child practice with pincer grip.

Following directions Play games such as “Simon Says” that ask your child to do a range of physical tasks that include balancing, clapping, jumping and moving different parts of his or her body (“wave your left hand in the air”, etc.)

Aristotle Circle provides referrals and consultations to physical therapists for any parents that have concerns about a child’s physical development. Visit our test date calendar to decide when to schedule your child for the test.