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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chicka Chicka Tear Tear




Paper tearing is FUN!!!  After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and watching the video, we created our own coconut tree with our names!

The students are so proud to see their names decorate our classroom!



Paper tearing is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills.  The student needs to focus on using the thumb and pointer fingers to make "small" tears in construction paper.

Activities with Fine Motor Manipulatives (education.com)

...kindergarteners benefit from experiences that support the development of fine motor skills in the hands and fingers. Children should have strength and dexterity in their hands and fingers before being asked to manipulate a pencil on paper. Working on dexterity and strength first can eliminate the development of an inappropriate pencil grasp, which is becoming more commonplace as young children are engaged in writing experiences before their hands are ready. The following activities involve the use of manipulatives which will support young children's fine motor development, and will help to build the strength and dexterity necessary to hold a pencil appropriately. Click to see activities.

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