Muscle Mover Monday…..Uppercase Q

Start your week with Fundanoodle’s award-winning Muscle Mover cards! Children can act out the movement from the cards to get the wiggles out, and then the fun continues by tracing the letter on the back of the dry erase card. Make sure to continue the blended learning by encourage the child to say the stroke movement out loud when they practice forming the letter.

Buzz around to the top.

Hop down to the middle.

Zoom Out.

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Whistle like a Quail.

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Don’t forget our MOVING sale!

We are busy around the Fundanoodle offices getting ready to move!!  You can take advantage of this by avoiding the crowds in stores and doing some shopping online!!  Check out the AWESOME deals on the Fundanoodle products.  (There are some awesome deals for that little one who just needs a little bit more to go with their Christmas wish list! Or add a little something to that special teacher’s gift!)

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Fundanoodle on SALE and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Share the photo below on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for up to three chances to win a $50 prize pack! If you tweet/instagram this photo, be sure to include the hashtag #fundanoodle, or we won’t be able to see your entry! Also, be sure to include a link to the sale. For example: “Check out this moving sale from @Fundanoodle! #Fundanoodle http://bit.ly/18IXLTy“. A winner will be chosen at random on 12/2. Good luck!

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You asked for it….and now it’s here!

One of Fundanoodle’s most popular products is the I Can Pound kit.  It is great for the beginner writer as well the experienced kindergartener.  The replacement boards are now available in our online store!  Now is a great time to buy the replacements boards for the beginning of next school year.  You can purchase them at our online store.

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Play the “Write” Way Camps

Are you looking for a last minute something for you kids to do this summer?  If you are on in the Charlotte area check out Fundanoodle’s fine motor camps.  We offer camps for students who are learning to write manuscript as well as a cursive writing boot camp.  Check out the pictures below from our first camp.

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Upcoming Camp Dates:

I Can Play the “Write” Way

July 8th-12th

July 29th Aug 2nd

August 5th-9th

I Can Write Cursive Boot Camp

July 8th-12th

August 5th-9th

For more information and registration paperwork check out the  Fundanoodle homepage.

Therapist Thursday….Using Three-Lined Paper for Letter Formation

by: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

I am often asked why we teach children how to form their letters using three lines or three-lined paper when many schools use composition books.  That is a great question!  My follow-up question is usually something like, “Can you read a kindergartener’s work in a composition book?!”  (See sample below!)

 Well, first and foremost, we want to set children up for success, especially with handwriting! During initial instruction and learning, we want to provide them with guidelines for formation.  The top, bottom and middle dotted lines provide clear boundaries for letter formation and promote consistent size and shape of letters.  In turn, you’ll see nice neatness and legibility!

 n addition, the middle dotted line provides:

  • a nice starting point for lower case letters
  • a guideline for changing directions in an upper case letter like K, S or Y
  • something to aim for when they’re buzzing around for a B or ending a P

 Now, once they’ve become familiar with the formation of both upper case and lower case letters, they’ll be ready to write on composition/notebook paper.  (Ideally, I’d say second grade or third grade.) The fact that they learned on three lined paper will actually help them transition with ease because they’ll have a clear understanding of which letters should be tall, which should be short, etc.  When it is time to make that transition, offer wide ruled paper, rather than college ruled, as it provides a larger space so that they can make a clear delineation between those short and tall letters.

 Check out this writing sample that I found from when my daughter was in Kindergarten.  Notice the inconsistency in the size of the letters?  Her lower case r’s and s’s are taller than some of her “tall” letters or even some of the capitals!  Had she been given a middle line to use, she would have had a boundary to adhere to!3linedpaper