Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The importance of using scissors

One of the most surprising benefits from an early education in music is the ability to use .... drum roll please ... scissors. Seriously. There's a rhythm to using scissors, a coordination of the fine motor skills, the thumb and pointing finger, working together, yet separately. Eye-hand coordination is moving the hand and scissors forward in a straight line without cutting off anything really important. (Gulp). Like a finger.

Practice with rhythm and instruments helps a child use scissors. Not so funny thing is that kindergarten teachers say that children are starting school without this very basic skill.

Read it here in the Chicago Tribune.