Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase F

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 F!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zip Across the Top

Zip Across the Middle

Leap like a Frog!

For children, learning should be fun! With Fundanoodle Muscle Mover kids “play” while developing four key areas: Muscle Development, Visual Motor, Sensory Motor, Cognitive/Brain Builders.

Have a great week!

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase L

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’ve gone through another round of the alphabet in the order of our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book so we are back at the beginning of the appropriate developmental order.

Today’s letter is Uppercase L!

Crawl like a ladybug!

For children, learning should be fun! With Fundanoodle Muscle Mover kids “play” while developing four key areas: Muscle Development, Visual Motor, Sensory Motor, Cognitive/Brain Builders.

Did you know?

Fundanoodle Muscle Mover cards prepare preschoolers to sit upright in chairs to perform handwriting and other academic activities by strengthening core muscle groups.

Fundanoodle and Autism

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month AND National Occupational Therapy Month we’ve asked our Occupational Therapists to tell us how Fundanoodle can be used with children on the Autism Spectrum. We’ve had such amazing feedback from the Autism community and hope to continue to develop those relationships!

“If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve only met one person with Autism.”

I love this quote, because we are all individuals with various strengths and weaknesses, it’s what makes the world go around. With that said, while no one person is like another, individuals with Autism do share some of the same strengths, preferences and learning styles.  Keeping that in mind, we are going to explore Fundanoodle, and discover why children who have Autism love it!

We know that children with Autism are better taught visually, because they tend to think in pictures or symbols.  As well, they thrive with consistency and structure.  And, we cannot forget that they are children, so they love to play! Play is an essential part of learning, but sometimes they may need our help interacting, organizing and planning.  Remember, a multi-sensory approach works best.

“If you tell me, I forget

If you show me, I see

If you involve me, I remember.”

Now, let’s explore how Fundanoodle provides these key components, making learning fun and engaging for children who have Autism.

Visual Supports:

  • Colorful pictures and symbols – From the colorful bead patterns and Magna Stix, to the appealing pictures of Max and Alphie’s adventures in the writing tablets, the visual stimuli is engaging, yet not too busy.
  • Familiar symbols such as “Stop” and “Go” signs provide starting and stopping points for letter formation.
  • Some children with Autism read very well and use Max’s written directions to form the letters, thus promoting independence with handwriting.

Structure and Consistency:

Our recommended multi-sensory approach to handwriting includes three steps:

  1. Build the letter with the colorful, resistive MagnaStix.
  2. Write the letter on the dry-erase board or in a tactile media such as cornstarch or flour.
  3. Perfect it on paper using the visual supports and guidelines that progress from boxes, to green and red top and baselines, to traditional, three-lined paper.

The Action Words used to depict the strokes are carried throughout the program, from the large floor pads designed for three year olds, all the way through upper case, lower case and cursive instruction.

Play:

Make time for fun and learning! Fundanoodle affords the opportunity to play for kids of all ages!

  • Get their “wiggles out” and promote proprioceptive and vestibular input, with Fundanoodle’s Muscle Mover Cards.  This is a great multi-sensory activity to address both large and fine motor movements.  Once your child performs the action on one side of the card, she can flip it over and write the letter on the opposite side of the card with a dry-erase marker. The Muscle Mover Cards are great to use in conjunction with the “letter of the day”.  So, if you are working on the letter S, she’ll slither like a snake over to the table, where she’ll then form the letter S with the MagnaStix, write it on the dry-erase board, and then in the writing tablet.  Some of the animal actions are great for your sensory seekers, while others work to calm and organize those children who may have sensitivities.
  • The I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace Kit is full of hours of fun!  They won’t even know that they are hard at work improving their visual motor and fine motor skills, as well as organizing, planning and sequencing! It promotes nice tactile exploration, too!
  • I Can Pound Activity Block is the ultimate experience for promoting play, while developing critical skills! This is a favorite among the children that I work with!  The patterns range from pictures, to letters of the alphabet to numbers.  Demonstrate pounding a colored peg into the “dot” on the pattern and then have him pound away to create a colorful picture.  Many times, I will use this in an obstacle course or during a sensory break.  The pegs might be placed at one side of the room and the block is placed at the other side of the room.  He might get a peg, and crawl like a worm over pillows and through a tunnel to get to the board, where he then pounds the peg into the pattern. Or, because children with Autism do respond well to pictures, we might use the Muscle Mover Cards to imitate an action as we move from one side of the room to the other to get to the pounding block. The rote action of pounding, combined with the resistive nature of the block tends to be very calming for children with Autism.  This is a great activity to put in your cozy corner at school or home.

No two children are alike, but all children love Fundanoodle!  We make learning FUN!

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

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Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase Z

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.

Today’s letter is Uppercase Z! The last letter in the alphabet and the last letter in our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book!

Zip Across

Zoom Down

Zip Across

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Zig zag like a Zebra!

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Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase K

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.

Today’s letter is Uppercase K!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad muscle movers Upper Case K

Purr like a kitten!

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Purr like a kitten muscle mover.

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase A

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.

Today’s letter is Uppercase A!

Zoom Down

Hop to the Top

Zoom Down

Hop to the Middle

Zip Across

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Roll like an armadillo!

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One thing our OT’s cannot live without!

My Favorite Activities in Max & Alphie’s Adventures! Activity Book 3

I spend a good portion of my time with school-aged children, both at the clinic and at schools throughout Charlotte.  My Tuesdays are spent outside of the clinic at four different schools. Going into and out of schools all day long, requires compact packing and planning ahead.  While I’m always look for fun and complex treatment activities, I must also be able to carry my bag into the schools, and I make it a point to do it in one trip!  You can be assured that my bag is full of Fundanoodle, but lately, there’s a standout that I just love using!!!

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There are two activities within the Activity Book 3 (intended for Kindergarten to first graders) that are so important for children’s development, and I use them with most of my kids!

The first are the pages that have the children draw the other half of the picture. While this seems like a “paper and pencil” task, or what we might call a visual motor skill, it also develops math skills!  The student learns symmetry, equal parts and understanding the concept of “half” as they work to finish the picture.  As well, as an OT, it helps to develop an important visual perceptual skill that we call visual closure.  Visual closure is the ability to visualize or identify a whole picture or object when only a partial representation is given. In writing, visual closure is important for spacing letters and words.  It also helps us identify an object when it is partially covered up.  For instance, when we’re looking for a particular item of clothing in a drawer or a piece of paper in a messy desk.

The second activity that I love is Connecting the Dots to copy a design.  Each square contains 12 dots that are connected in different ways by straight vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines to form a design.  Next to it, is a box of 12 dots, and the student connects the dots to form the same picture.  This is a great activity to promote visual motor coordination and visual spatial relationships.  The student gains an understanding of directional concepts such as up, down, left and right as she finds the spatial coordinates of where to start and stop her line.  She must visualize and motor plan where to start and stop and guide her pencil.  If you find your student struggles with this activity, a geoboard could be another fun way to address these skills.

Oh, and I can’t go without mentioning the visual scanning pages, too.  You know, the ones where they circle some items and cross out others?  So good for learning to move the eyes smoothly from left to right, like we do when we read.  Let’s be honest, I’d be lost without my “green” Activity Book 3!

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Buy Max & Alphie’s Adventures Activity Book 3 HERE!

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase Y

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.

Today’s letter is Uppercase Y!

Zoom Down to the Middle

Zoom Up to the Top

Hop Down to the Middle

Zip Down

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Upper case Y

Charge like a yak!

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Charge like a Yak.

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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Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase M!

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.

Today’s letter is Uppercase M!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zoom Down

Zoom Up

Zip Down

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Swing like a monkey!

Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Muscle Mover Uppercase "M"