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!

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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!

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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!

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Swing like a monkey!

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Do it – don’t wait for perfect!

The wonderful folks at Bea for Business created this fun little spotlight of April, our CEO and Head Zookeeper, so we thought we should take a moment and celebrate her too!

April_Bea4BizApril, an entrepreneur at heart and the mother of three, managed Fundanoodle while under original parent company Carolina Pad and has successfully taken Max, Alphie and the rest of this zoo out on our own. She has the experience, drive and passion to take Fundanoodle to the next level and we are so excited to be along for the ride!  And we love that YOU are on board!

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Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase N

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 N!

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Dart like a newt!

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