I definitely saw differences in social skills between grade levels but not as much difference in gender. I felt that the younger students were more outgoing and would say whatever was on their minds. The older students were a bit quieter, less outgoing but were still fairly sociable. The younger children seemed more touchy and clingy. For example, when reading the younger children a book they would tend to cling to or get really close to the reader. The older students didn’t as much want to listen to directions, they just wanted to play. As for gender I didn’t notice any significant differences in social skills.
Overall, I believe that grade level, gender, and ability all have an influence on motor behavior. Some of the fine motor activities I observed when watching the St. Mary’s students were playing games like Jenga, Connect 4, and checkers. They also played with Lego’s, put puzzle pieces together and played with Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. When the kids were eating there snacks many would play with it or dip it in their drink before eating. Most students had descent fine motor skills. The only difference I noticed between age and gender where the difference in fine motor activities each chose to participate in and the level at which each performed their fine motor activities.