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!

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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!

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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!

Teacher Tuesday….Tis the Season

Everywhere we go we see the sights of the merriest time of the year.  Last week we talked about ways to count down those special events and even the “big” day.  What about the kids writing the sacred lists to Santa?  Writing these lists to the Jolly ‘Ol Man is a great time to practice handwriting without it making it seem like “work.”  Depending on the age of your child you can let them free write the list, or use the practice pages in the back of the Fundanoodle I Can Write workbooks to give line and spatial definition.  (Just be sure this activity stays FUN and doesn’t become a chore for you child or student.)

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The above list could be made neater by using the Fundanoodle practice page.

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Don’t forget our MOVING sale!

We are busy around the Fundanoodle offices getting ready to move!!  You can take advantage of this by avoiding the crowds in stores and doing some shopping online!!  Check out the AWESOME deals on the Fundanoodle products.  (There are some awesome deals for that little one who just needs a little bit more to go with their Christmas wish list! Or add a little something to that special teacher’s gift!)

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