I Can Pound with Fundanoodle {Video + Giveaway!}

Our second informational video we would love to share with our friends is our I Can Pound with Fundanoodle. In this video we introduce our award wining I Can Pound! kit and describe how it can be used as a differential learning product developing handwriting skills before ever picking up a pencil.

A favorite for our 3-4 year old children who like to hammer and move their muscles and a great letter formation tool for our older age groups!

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Fine Motor Skills in Everyday Life

We have heard about the negative affects of touchscreen technology from a therapists perspective but what about other areas of children’s lives? Below is an opinion from George Ramsey, a musician and instructor at Bold Music, LLC. 

As a professional musician and guitar teacher, I see first-hand the importance of fine motor skills. Learning the guitar demands developing hand strength and coordination. The earlier a child begins learning these skills, the better—for music and beyond.

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The Trouble with Tablets

Every day, technology becomes more integrated into our every day lives. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a huge fan! I use my iPad almost exclusively as a supplement for teaching and gigging. It is the loyal sidekick to my electric guitar. But let me quickly pause to reinforce one very important idea: the iPad is a supplement, not a replacement.

As the owner of a business that teaches children how to play a wide variety of different instruments, I am beginning to see a troubling side effect of young children spending much of their early years on tablets: they are not developing even the most basic finger strength and coordination necessary to learn how to play music. In some cases, children struggle to hold a pencil correctly as they are making notes on music or homework assignments!

As a result, there is a trend emerging in my field where young students, regardless of the instrument they are learning, must spend more time building strength and less time learning music than we would like. Generally, students develop most rapidly at young ages, so this problem has the potential to become a major handicap for the next generation of musicians in our country and worldwide.

Some Suggestions

Again, I’m the first to admit that I love and use my iPad every day, especially for music, but it is and always will be a supplement to learning a real instrument. You see, learning to play music helps with strength and coordination, but it also does so much more—it teaches discipline, passion, patience, and studies have shown it even aids in cognitive development. These qualities should be important for any parent, so here are a few suggestions:

  1. Get your young kids to balance time using electronic learning with tangible, hands on activities. An amazing product line that helps kids develop fine motor skills at a young age in a fun, engaging way is called Fundanoodle. You can purchase their products online and in many retail stores across the region.
  2. When your kids are using a tablet, make them use a stylus, so that they become familiar with holding and effectively using pencil shaped tools. You’ll be thanking us when second grade rolls around and it’s time to learn cursive!
  3. Of course, get your kids to begin learning an instrument! Kids can generally start banging on drums and learning basic rhythm as toddlers. They can then begin playing piano or keyboard at age 4 or 5, and as they reach 9 or 10, they’ll be ready to pick up a guitar and rock!

George Ramsey and Dean Williams are recent graduates of Davidson College who started Bold Music with a simple vision: to reinvent music education in the Charlotte area. Beginning last September, the duo has grown the company from having just one instructor offering guitar lessons to offering instruction on a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocal coaching. Bold music’s professional, clean cut and personable instructors travel to you, making for an exceedingly convenient educational experience in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, the company offers a variety of performance opportunities as well as an intensive studio recording and songwriting camp during the summer. For more information visit www.BoldMusicLessons.com.

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Therapist Thursday….on a Friday

Thank You Note Writing

by: Amy Bumgarner

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Your children have spent the holiday season opening lots of gifts.  And, let’s be honest, a lot of kids are so excited about the gift that they forget why they got the gift, who got it for them, and to say thank you.  So, have fun this year, making it a tradition to spend the day after Christmas writing thank you notes as a family.  This is a fun way to go back through all the gifts that were opened on Christmas, talk about each one of them, and remind kids that there is more to the holidays than just receiving gifts.  

For your kids, help them come up with what to say in the note (even if you are writing it.) You may ask, “Why did you like this gift?” “How are you going to use your gift?” or “What is your favorite part of the gift?”  And, then make sure they get to practice “signing” their name.

If you would like to write non-traditional thank you notes, via text message or email, that would be fun too! You can add a special picture of your child with the gift. Just make sure they help come up with the word s to say “thank you!”

 This is a great way to keep “practicing” handwriting over the holiday break.  Have fun either sitting down together as a family, or writing one a day until they are done.

 Have fun! Your family and friends are going to love hearing from your children after the holidays!

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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Zulily Event

Fundanoodle is excited to once again be apart of a Zulily event.  It starts today, Tuesday, November 26th and ends on Friday, November 29th.  Quick!  Get your Fundanoodle products while they last!

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This event will feature our award winning I Can Build Uppercase Letters, Uppercase Muscle Movers (yes, the same cards we feature on Muscle Mover Monday!) and the I Can Build Lowercase Letters!

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Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Muscle Movers Uppercase cards

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Fundanoodle on SALE and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Share the photo below on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for up to three chances to win a $50 prize pack! If you tweet/instagram this photo, be sure to include the hashtag #fundanoodle, or we won’t be able to see your entry! Also, be sure to include a link to the sale. For example: “Check out this moving sale from @Fundanoodle! #Fundanoodle http://bit.ly/18IXLTy“. A winner will be chosen at random on 12/2. Good luck!

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