I Can Pound with Fundanoodle {Video + Giveaway!}

Our second informational video we would love to share with our friends is our I Can Pound with Fundanoodle. In this video we introduce our award wining I Can Pound! kit and describe how it can be used as a differential learning product developing handwriting skills before ever picking up a pencil.

A favorite for our 3-4 year old children who like to hammer and move their muscles and a great letter formation tool for our older age groups!

Watch, share, and enter to win!

Just enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below and leave a comment on this blog post with either your Facebook or Twitter username (whichever you used to share!) and what product you would choose if you won.

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Foundational Skills with Fundanoodle {Video + Giveaway!}

In lieu of our regular Muscle Mover Monday, Max and Alphie want to take this week to share our new instructional videos with you! And because we are so excited, why not offer a giveaway too?! Just check out our new short informational videos and share the link via Facebook or Twitter and you could win your choice of Fundanoodle product!

First up is our Foundational Skills video in which our CEO April explains the differential learning approach used across Fundanoodle products to develop everyday foundational skills children need to be successful in and out of the classroom.

Just enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below and leave a comment on this blog post with either your Facebook or Twitter username (whichever you used to share!) and what product you would choose if you won.

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Check back on Wednesday for another video and another chance to win!

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase D

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase D!

Zoom Down

Hop to the Top

Buzz Around

D_DogBack - Copy

Dig like a Dog!

D_Dog

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase S

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase S!

Buzz around.

Buzz around.

S_SnakeBack - Copy

Slither like a Snake!

S_Snake

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase Q

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase Q!

Buzz around to the top

Hop Down to the middle

Zoom Out

Q_QuailBack

Whistle like a Quail!

Q_Quail

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase H

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase H!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zip Down

Hop to the Middle

Zip Across the Middle

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Uppercase H

Snort like a Hippo!

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad's Muscle Mover cards - uppercase H

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase I

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase I!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zip Across the Top

Zip Across the Bottom

I_IguanaBack(1)

Freeze like an Iguana!

I_Iguana

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase E

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

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.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase E!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zip Across the Top

Zip Across the Middle

Zip Across the Bottom

Upper Case E

Stomp like an Elephant!

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Teacher Tuesday…..National Handwriting Day

As you know, Thursday is National Handwriting Day.  (Don’t forget today is the LAST day to enter our contest.)  Here are a few of our favorite tips to helping your child or student improve their handwriting or make practice more fun!

1-PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

Your child can practice handwriting ANYwhere!  While driving from one after school activity to another use the Fundanoodle Muscle Mover cards for your kid(s) to trace letters.

Have your child spell his/her spelling words in the air, practicing the correct way to form each letter.

 

2-Use fun writing utensils.

Is it a battle to get your child to practice handwriting, or do you hear groans from your students when it’s handwriting practice time in class?  Try using “new, special, or fun” writing utensils.  It’s very easy to find fun writing utensils at discount stores that can make handwriting practice FUN and not a chore!

 

3-Give your child a choice.

Let your child choose from 3 or 4 different handwriting activities.  Giving your child some ownership in the activity will make it easier for him/her to want to complete the activity.  If you don’t have several activities to choose from, have them choose the order on the worksheets.  (Who says you HAVE to start at the top and go to the bottom?)

 

Therapist Thursday…..Why WRITE?

by: Amy Bumgarner

In prep for National Handwriting Day, I could not help but think about why Fundanoodle is here.

So why teach handwriting? Is it really necessary for children to have the “best” handwriting, when so many schools are providing tablets, computers, and homework is done online? Of course, the occupational therapist in me, says “YES!” But, there is more to handwriting than just it being a motor skill that is important for development.

I was talking with a co-worker this week about the importance of teaching prewriting strokes to toddlers.  There are so many different schools of thought on what early intervention (including occupational therapy) should look like.  Some believe that early intervention should focus on the child in his/her natural environment and the daily routine of the family.  LOVE this concept, but unfortunately it can cause some skills to fall through the cracks.  If a parent is focused on communication and feeding, then when do we address the other skills of development.  It can leave an occupational therapist in a sticky place.  I firmly believe that children should be exposed to and master the basic prewriting strokes including, horizontal lines, vertical lines, circles, diagonals, and then begin putting these strokes together to form more complex shapes.  And, a lot of parents look at me and say “why.” In my mind, it is simple…

These strokes are the basis of drawing. How many of you have your walls and refrigerators covered with your children’s art work?  And, we always think it is more beautiful than do.  So, why not teach basic prewriting strokes just to facilitate creative expression.

These strokes are the premises of every letter of the alphabet.  So, maybe your child can type lengthy stories, but I want to see my child write his or her name on his artwork.  It is their signature, it is who they are.

And beyond just basic drawing and writing, handwriting is so important for

  • Increasing your child’s confidence in the classroom
  • There are actually still jobs that require handwriting
  • Technology does fail us at times, and our children need to be able to keep up and have a backup plan
  • Fostering self-expression.  I can remember every year of middle school and high school my handwriting changed.  It was just another way to show I was changing.  I loved playing around with the letters and putting my special touch on it.
  • As a child is more fluid in handwriting, it makes retrieval of knowledge much easier because he/she is not focusing on the actual formation of the letter.

So, have fun teaching your child all the skills he or she needs for handwriting.  Fundanoodle is a great resource for kids of all ages!