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Fine Motor Skills and Reading

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Prior to kindergarten, fine motor skills are important for school readiness.  Research indicates that fine motor skills play a role in cognition and language development.  The Journal of Research in Reading recently investigated the relationship between fine motor skills and reading development in 144 kindergartners in Germany.  Each child was evaluated with several fine motor skills, early readings skills and cognitive measures.  The results indicated the following:

  • fine motor skills related less strongly than graphomotor skills to emergent literacy skills.
  • when controlling for graphomotor and cognitive skills, fine motor skills did not explain the variance in emergent literacy skills.
  • graphomotor skills played a significant role in early reading development (even when children did not have cognitive knowledge of letters).

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