Come Play With Max & Alphie This Summer!

We know many of you parents are busy planning your summer already and what better way to get your little monkeys back in school mode than with our FUN and interactive Handwriting Camps?! Held in early August, our camps are the perfect transition back to school while still being a fun Summertime experience your kids will love!

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You can register for both camps on our website or by downloading the forms below:

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For more information please fill out the form below!

Read, Read, Read!

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Did you know that next week (March 3 – 7) is National Read Across America Week?! This is the National Education Association’s 17th year celebrating Dr. Seuss and the foundational skill of reading. Max, Alphie and the rest of the Fundanoodle team LOVE to read and we cannot wait to see how you and your school celebrate!

Get ready to grab your hat and read with the Cat in the Hat on Monday, March 3, 2014 for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading.

 

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

Happy Reading!

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Teacher Tuesday….Gearing Up for the 100th Day of School

Now that we are getting back into the swing of things from the winter break and weather related school closures, many classrooms and schools are gearing up for the 100th day of school.  Check out these cool ideas we found on Pinterest.  There are many more ideas you can find by checking out our 100th Day board on Pinterest.  If you have a unique idea please share with us!

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We love this idea above.  It’s a great way to get the whole grade level involved and working together.

 

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This is one of our favorite ideas!  This activity can incorporate math and fine motor skills.

 

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What a fun way to let the students use their gross motor skills to work together to build a structure with 100 cups.

Therapist Thursday……It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….

By: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L and Michelle OTR/L

It is the most wonderful time of the year…for all the kiddos! More, more, and more toy advertisements!  And, they want them all! We are going to spend the next few weeks, highlighting some of our favorite toys and why they are our favorites.  (Use your favorite search engine to find these at a store near you!)

Muscle Mover/Active Toys:

  • Tunnels- use for weight bearing, core and upper body strengthening, build forts, develops ocular motor skills  christmast20131
  • Ogo Sport- great for bilateral motor coordination and strengthening ocular motor skills, as well as cooperative play
  • Scooter Board – great for upper body strengthening, bilateral coordination, and ocular motor skillschristmast20132
  • Ezy Roller- this riding toy requires use of both legs to propel it forward
  • Plasma Car – great for bilateral coordination and upper and core body strengtheningchristmast20133
  • Flying Turtle- this riding toy requires the use of both arms to propel it forward
  • Fundanoodle’s Muscle Mover Cards – Great for getting the wiggles out, core and upper body strengthening, and letter recognition, too!christmast20134
  • Hippity Hop Ball – Great for Core strengtheningchristmast20135

Teacher Tuesday…..The Countdown has Started….

As the busiest time of the year descends upon us, how are you helping your child understand the concept of time?  So many children have such a hard time understanding when holiday events are going to happen, or how long until we get to see special family members or go see the Jolly ‘Ol Man.  Whether at home or school this is a crazy, busy time of the year, but so exciting also.

To help with keeping track of all the exciting things happening here are a few ways to show your child/ren when something will happen.

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This is a great way to “treat” the kids every day.  On the special day you can add a sticker or bow to show when the day is.

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This calendar is a great way to cross out each day and note when events will take place.  It also gives the child a visual of what has already taken place as well as when something will happen.

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This is one of our favorites.  This is a great way to put special holiday sayings or surprises.

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This is an “oldie” but goodie way of counting down till Christmas.  Most major retailers sell this premade calendar and work great for the busy family.

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Making Santa’s beard is a good way to incorporate common core standards into a seasonal activity.  Number recognition as well as counting are two skills needed for kindergarten students.  As you can see in the picture you can highlight the special days and cover one number per day.

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This traditional countdown method works those little fingers, and we love strengthening those little fingers as much as possible.  For more experienced students have them cut out the strips and staple them together.  Students or children who aren’t as efficient at cutting just ask them to cut a few then to help staple the strips together.