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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Scissors, Scissors...

Hi everyone. Did you have a great holiday? Ours here was very nice, which makes it so much harder to get back into the swing of things.

We got back to school this week. My first day with the children was yesterday. All morning you're like, "I have to go to work, I have to go to work." You get there, set up, and then the bell rings. In come those happy little faces that greet with you such joy and wonder, how can you not enjoy the rest of the day? They make you feel like they missed you immensely.

We didn't do too much yesterday. I wanted to take it slowly to get back into the routine. We have been gone for a little over two weeks.

I had no formal plans for the day, except to make sure I had scissors out in many places. We have done some scissor activities during the course of the year, some crafts and having scissors available. But, we are getting ready to start our Shape Book and that requires cutting every week. The first page of each shape is the shape that the children have cut out on their own.

Yesterday I had a cutting table. I had taken lots of scrap paper and drew horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines on them. Then I had put the paper and scissors on the table. I was hoping to have the children cut the lines to give them practice. The children that participated did pretty well. Some just cut the paper up, but at least they were holding and using the scissors.

I also put scissors out at the play dough table. I sat with some of them and we flattened play dough, cut it with the scissors, pressed shapes in and cut those out, made pizza and cut it up, we had lots of fun.

We start our Shape Books next week so we'll see how this scissor fun helped. Happy New Year!

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Scott said...

Scissors practice is an important activity. A friend (who is a kindergarten teacher) often expounds how grateful she is for those parents or teachers who helped kids learn to cut before they got to kindergarten!

Together Time 4 Families said...

Most children know the basics of cutting when they get to K. However, cutting around corners, guiding with one hand and holding the scissors with the other hand can definetly be challenging. Here is a hint I told my students when cutting - first make a circle cut around the item to cut out so you have less paper bulk as you cut. This makes it easier to manage the paper and cut closer to the line(s). Also, for beginners, cut out strips of paper about 1 1/2 inches wide so one cut of the scissors will make a clean cut off of the paper. This is helpful for practice and builds know how about how to use scissors.
Susan @

Mariana said...

Teaching how to use a pair of scissors correctly is very important, especially if they are taught to follow a line, a shape or be careful with edges.