By Amy Bumgarner
Fundanoodle’s I Can Build Letter kits are a great multi-sensory way to allow your child to practice using his or her body to construct or write a letter before writing with a pencil on paper. Other multi-sensory approaches you can use in conjunction with the kits include: sidewalk chalk on concrete or carpet squares, writing secret messages or pictures, and building straight lined letters or objects with popsicle sticks.
Fundanoodle’s Max and Alphies Adventures”workbooks are great for working on visual motor skills necessary for handwriting. Using hands-on 2D and 3D manipulatives, such as puzzles and magnetic shapes are also great ways to work on those skills too! do this before or after practicing in the Max and Alphie Adventures worksbooks to maintain the multi-sensory approach that is the basis for Fundanoodle.
Max, Alphie and the Fundanoodle crew have been hard at work! The blue and green workbooks are now aligned with the common core standards. The alignments are easily accessible through the Teacher’s Lounge on our website. Just click, download and print! The standards are set up in a teacher friendly manner that makes it easy to find the standard of focus and the workbook page that follows that standard.
Today is part three in our series of posts from Michelle Yoder that celebrate National Handwriting Day
Research shows that handwriting contributes to academic success and that students must be taught handwriting. The question is – who will teach your child how to write? Did you know that teachers have limited time to focus on letter formation in the classroom and are counting on parents to help teach and practice handwriting at home?
So, if home is where the practice is, Fundanoodle provides great tools for making learning fun. Keep these tips in mind as you begin to work with your child on handwriting skills using the Fundanoodle program:
1. Set aside ten minutes a day to focus on handwriting instruction.
2. It’s good to start with an activity like the muscle mover cards or the magnetic letter building strips, followed by work in the tablet.
3. Don’t worry too much about where this takes place; on the floor on her tummy or at the easel. Some kids think it’s pretty cool to write on paper taped to the bottom of the table! (check out another Fundanoodle post about this)
4. Try to promote an appropriate pencil grasp using the thumb and first two fingers to “pinch” the pencil.
5. When using the I Can Write Uppercase Letters workbook, work from the front of the tablet to the back. This book introduces the letters in a developmentally appropriate sequence which helps children gain confidence and want to do more.
6. Demonstrate the formation of the letter using the example in gray in the first box.
7. Next, have the student form the same letter with the magnetic strips from the I Can Build Uppercase Kit followed by writing it on another media such as the dry erase board or in a bin of rice. Writing it in the air or on carpet square with chalk would also provide nice kinesthetic input.
8. Going back to the workbook, using the first row of boxes, have him practice getting the letter on the paper within the boxes and watch to see that he is following Max’s instructions to insure proper formation.
9. In the next row, focus on formation using the green and red guidelines for both formation and sizing.
10. Once she has written a row of letters, have her go back and mark the best looking one in the row. Teach him how to self-evaluate his work. Is my line straight? Did I start at the top? Did I stay in the box? Did I stay above the red line?
11. Move on down the page using the same approach. Monitor letter formation and have him assess which trial looks the best.
12. After completing each page, choose the corresponding sticker in the back for each letter.
13. Should a particular letter be difficult, be sure to use the practice pages in the back of the book.
I Can Write My Own Stories
Hip Hip Hooray! Today is National Handwriting Day!
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We are so excited to announce our new cursive book is now available online! (Guess, what, it’s also on sale for a limited time!) Click here to purchase!
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