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Who’s already checking their Christmas list twice and trying to avoid the holiday rush?  Be sure to check out the Fundanoodle specials on sale now through October 9th.  Some of our most popular items are on SALE, including the dry erase practice board, I Can Build Uppercase Letters and I Can Build Lowercase Letters.

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It’s Contest Time!

We asked you to post your Back to School pictures, and you did!! Now it’s time to pick the top picture!  Go to our Facebook page and click “Like” on your favorite of our top pictures!

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Muscle Mover Monday….lowercase y

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Crawl like a yard ant.

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Start the week with Fundanoodle’s award winning Muscle Mover cards! Teachers love these flashcards in class, moms love them in carpools, and kids love them anywhere, anytime! With a letter on one side, and an animal to “act out” on the other, each card incorporates a fun, gross motor activity and imagination to teach letter recognition. Expect lots of laughing as children put their youthful energy to good use while learning uppercase and lowercase letters.

We feature a different letter each Monday! Want more information? Click here – Uppercase Muscle Movers or Lowercase Muscle Movers

Back to School…..we go!

Have you seen those cute faces on our Facebook page?  We have received so many beautiful pictures of smiling kiddos who are ready to head back to school.  Below are a few, check out Facebook for the rest of the pictures.971428_10151761443974291_1987540773_n

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Play the “Write” Way Camps

Are you looking for a last minute something for you kids to do this summer?  If you are on in the Charlotte area check out Fundanoodle’s fine motor camps.  We offer camps for students who are learning to write manuscript as well as a cursive writing boot camp.  Check out the pictures below from our first camp.

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Upcoming Camp Dates:

I Can Play the “Write” Way

July 8th-12th

July 29th Aug 2nd

August 5th-9th

I Can Write Cursive Boot Camp

July 8th-12th

August 5th-9th

For more information and registration paperwork check out the  Fundanoodle homepage.

Muscle Mover Monday….lowercase x

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Start the week with Fundanoodle’s award winning Muscle Mover cards! Teachers love these flashcards in class, moms love them in carpools, and kids love them anywhere, anytime! With a letter on one side, and an animal to “act out” on the other, each card incorporates a fun, gross motor activity and imagination to teach letter recognition. Expect lots of laughing as children put their youthful energy to good use while learning uppercase and lowercase letters.

We feature a different letter each Monday! Want more information? Click here – Uppercase Muscle Movers or Lowercase Muscle Movers

Therapist Thursday….It Works!

by: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L

My son is 2.5 years and always been a mover and a shaker! Gross motor skills have always been his strength! However, the occupational therapist is me could not ignore those fine motor skills.  From the time that he started developing a mature pencil grasp, around 2 years, I always encouraged a proper grasp.  Now, when I say, “Brinton, how do you hold your crayon?” he is able to correctly adjust his grasp.  For me, the OT mom, this is a big deal!!!

For Brinton, writing usually includes writing on something that he is not supposed to.  Because, as I said, he is my mover and shaker, so why would he want to sit still to write?  So, we have always encouraged sidewalk chalk and he loves bath tub crayons.  Just in the past couple of days, he has been very interested in sitting at the table and coloring! I could not be more thrilled! Not only do I finally get to work on those fine and visual motor skills, but I also get a little breather from chasing him around.

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It is so much fun to watch him explore with writing and hear him describe his drawings to me.  Of course, I had to start working on developmental prewriting strokes and just see what he was capable of. So, I instructed him with the basic Fundanoodle strokes: “Zip Down”, “Zip Across”, and “Buzz Around.” And he did great! Now, when we sit down, he loves to scribble in circular strokes.  But, then he will stop and say “Look Mommy, zip down!” And, I’m in love! Not only with his cuteness, but also just to see my passion carried out in his little drawings.

Fundanoodle Camps

Are you still searching for a camp that’s fun but also purposeful for you child?  Check out the Fundanoodle handwriting camps!  The camps are perfect for learning to write letters or to just improve a skill already learned.  We are offering two types of camps.  For rising kindergarterners and first graders we will work on refining those little fingers and writing print letters upper and lowercase letters.  The second type is for rising third, fourth or fifth graders who want to learn or improve their cursive writing skills.  You can register online at fundanoodle.com.

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Therapist Thursday….Birds are made to fly! Kids are made to move!

by: Michelle Yoder

Birds are made to fly and kids are made to move!  Action is meaningful and exciting for children!  In our experience as OTs, we have found that making fun noises while writing is much more fun and engaging for the children.  Therefore, we use action words to describe our strokes.  It is much more exciting to “zip” down rather than just write a straight, vertical line.  So, for any vertical or horizontal line, we use the action word, “zip”.  We use the action word, “zoom” to describe diagonal lines. “Buzz” describes any curved stroke.  “Hop to the top” moves the pencil from the bottom baseline back to the top, to avoid re-tracing, which makes their work look messy and illegible.  Once you and your children have an understanding of these action words, it will allow consistent formation of all letters.

 Have your child draw a B in the air while saying these action words.  “Zip down, hop to the top, buzz around, buzz around”.  Now, put the pencil to the paper and do the same thing!  You’ve got it!

 Green means go!  To increase accuracy and legibility, we use a green line at the top to facilitate top to bottom formation.  Every child knows that red means Stop! Once they reach the bottom baseline, the red line indicates that it is time to stop.  We provide these cues in both the boxes and three lines on our paper, on our magnetic and dry erase boards and muscle mover gross motor cards to foster carryover and ensure accurate formation.

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 Why do we use the three-lined paper with the middle dotted line?  Great question!  We’ll answer that next Thursday!

It’s HERE!!!!

cursiveitshereWe 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!