Believe It Or Not . . . It’s Back-to-School time!

Max & Alphie know that many of our southern friends (especially those in Georgia) have headed back to school today to start a great new year! We wish you all a year of great success!

Even though many more of our friends have several weeks of summer vacation left, we know that most people’s thoughts turn to school when the calendar turns to August! One of the first skills that Kindergarten children work on when they start school is letter and number formation. Why not get a head start on these skills with Fundanoodle’s easy-to-use writing activity books.

Check out this video which provides an overview of the Fundanoodle writing workbooks! Our friends Max & Alphie help children learn to form letters and numbers with action words like Zip, Zoom and Buzz, while providing visual cues like red and green lines for fun, intuitive learning.

When does back-to-school hit your house? Tell us below to be eligible to win an “I Can Write!” prize package featuring all of Fundanoodle’s writing books. Extra entries for tagging Fundanoodle when you share this post on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Here’s to Back-to-School fun!

Come Play With Max & Alphie This Summer!

We know many of you parents are busy planning your summer already and what better way to get your little monkeys back in school mode than with our FUN and interactive Handwriting Camps?! Held in early August, our camps are the perfect transition back to school while still being a fun Summertime experience your kids will love!

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You can register for both camps on our website or by downloading the forms below:

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For more information please fill out the form below!

Did You Know?

7 Fun Facts About Handwriting
by Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

  1. Four year olds who have strong handwriting skills are more likely to succeed academically in elementary school.
  2. Experts recommend 15 minutes of handwriting instruction every day!
  3. The Declaration of Independence is written in a type of handwriting called “Roundhand”.
  4. Cognitive development and motor functioning are enhanced during handwriting instruction and practice.
  5. Cursive writing is on the moon!  The signatures of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin Aldrin, Jr. and President Richard M. Nixon are on a plaque on the moon!
  6. Handwriting instruction shouldn’t just be for young children because the fine motor skills associated with handwriting are not fully developed until the age of 10!
  7. 30-60% of an elementary student’s day is spent performing fine motor and handwriting activities!

Share these fun facts with your children and ask them what they would write on the moon! We would love to hear their answers…share them here, on Facebook or on Twitter at @Fundanoodle! And check out the moon story papers we pinned on Pinterest!

Therapist Thursday….Letter Reversals

By: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Young readers and writers frequently have letter reversals: b instead of d, p instead of q, and even a 6 rather than a 9. It is concerning to most parents, but remember that this is quite normal for children under the age of 8. You may wish to have your child evaluated if he or she continues to have reversals or exhibits “mirror” writing (right to left and backwards) beyond the age of 8 or the second grade.

Literature suggests that children need repetition and emphasis on the individual letters.  As well, children should be read to every day.  Early readers should be encouraged to read street signs and other signs in the community, packages, labels in the grocery store, etc. While I have not found one trick that works for every child, these are some things that I have learned and that have worked for me over the years:

Teach them their right and left hands- play Simon Says, teach them strategies such as “I write with my right”, or my left hand forms an L.

Work on jumping or moving their bodies to the left and to the right.  We use a sign with three rows of arrows going in each direction, or even up and down arrows to represent forward and backward.

Make sure they understand directionality- top, bottom, sides, straight lines, diagonal lines, etc. I use Fundanoodle’s Magna Strips to practice this.

Work on crossing the midline of their bodies with soldier marching or with rainbow writing (draw a rainbow or the infinity sign) on a large piece of butcher paper.

Provide boundaries for writing letters for early writers.  Window panes and window markers are a fun way to do this! Then, move to boxes on paper to give them a boundary while they first learn to write their letters.

Work on visually scanning to locate items on a page, foster scanning in a left to right direction- if necessary use a piece of paper to “block” out certain parts of the page.

Encourage them to begin their work on the left side of the paper first.

Perform kinesthetic writing in shaving cream, play doh, hair gel, pudding, etc.

Provide visual cues in the room near the alphabet strip or on their desks:

Show them that if they start with an upper case B and erase only the top half, it still is a b!

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For a lower case b- the bat comes before the ball

reversals2For a lower case d- you need a doorknob to open the door

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For the number 6- the circle sits on the bottom on 6

reversals4Make phonics bags: identify the letter, say it out loud and then trace and write the letter

For some children who have continued difficulties with reversals and writing, in general, it can be helpful to move right onto cursive! Just last week, I had a boy tell me that cursive is so much easier for him than printing! He was all smiles learning to write with Fundanoodle’s Cursive book.

Max & Alphie Celebrate National Handwriting Day!

Hip Hip Hooray! Today is National Handwriting Day!

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Look at these kiddos celebrating National Handwriting Day!  How are you celebrating?  Go to our Facebook page and share with us for a chance to win!

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