CASTL Research Brief: Fine Motor Skills and Executive Function Contribute to KG Achievement

AUTHORS: Claire E. Cameron, Laura L. Brock, William M. Murrah, Lindsay H. Bell, Samantha L. Worzalla, David Grissmer, & Frederick J. Morrison



This study examined the role of fine motor skills and executive function in early achievement in a sample of 213 middle-class kindergarteners. Controlling for executive function, children who had higher levels of fine motor skills, specifically the ability to copy a design, had higher achievement at kindergarten entry. Children with strong fine motor skills also improved more from fall to spring compared to kindergarteners with lower levels of fine motor skills.