10 DAYS OF STRUGGLING LEARNERS
Yesterday we covered the fun of playdough in getting those little fingers ready for writing. We're strengthening those hands and they aren't ready yet! Nary a pencil in sight we have begun to tackle the joys of fine motor skills--and they can be fun! At this point I'd discovered that there was a lot to be said for some of the Montessori methods of preparing for writing.
We started with tongs and sorting. They used those tongs to squeeze (much like squeezing playdough) to sort the bobbins in the picture. Their dexterity had not yet been developed enough to use the tongs in a "pencil type" fashion that most use when attempting to dish out a salad or other foods. Squeezing is where we started and would stay for a while.
In conjunction with a fist squeeze we added in pinching. My goal was to put the two together to strengthen different muscle groups in the hands.
He started with two hands... and with a small demonstration from me he was able to:
Just a tip here: In order to get colored rice just put some rice in a zip-loc bag and a few drops of food coloring. Shake it really well and voila! colored rice.
Secondary tip: If you have your children color the rice make sure the bag is sealed tightly. You can take that small gem from someone with the experience of trying to collect a ton of rice around the room and clean food coloring off of our wood table. Food coloring is hard to clean and we have very faint, but permanent, marks to prove it!
You can make this or if you are adventurous you can assist your child in doing this:
- Card Stock
- Scissors.. I used the fancy scrapbooking ones because I had them
- Hole Punch
- Doily, if you like
- Glue Stick
- Rubber Stamp and Ink Pad
- Shoe lace or cord
Up next...the dreaded pencil. See you tomorrow!