Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom



You may have noticed in many photos on my blog that my daughter has struggled with pencil grip.  I can’t tell you how proactive I have been about this, yet she still has the worst natural grip of all of my kids.  She will hold the pencil with all 4 fingers on her grip along with her thumb.  She writes neatly for her age, but I know her pencil grip needs correction.   I tend to not push it all the time, which is why you often see the uncorrected version in school photos on my blog.  We specifically spend time working on the correct grip, but she defies me and is stubborn.  Because I want her to LOVE LEARNING, I choose not to fight it all during our school time.

Here’s a recent photo showing her uncorrected grip, which she prefers. It has her entire hand on the pencil!

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Here’s a photo of the ONLY intervention we have tried that she has accepted.  I seriously was ready to give up and then suddenly, she accepted the pom pom and even will remind me now. You can see the red pom pom in her hand. Her grip still isn’t picture perfect, but it is so much better!

Pencil Grip Correction with a Pom Pom

I first saw this idea here, on Dr.Jean and Friends blog.  You can read the explanation of how to present this correction there. I have tried everything but somehow I had never seen this before.  I figured it was worth a shot.  Thank goodness I tried it.  She accepted it and likes her new little bucket of pom poms to choose from when we are working on grip.

We are continuing to work and using our pom pom to practice a lot.  She will even use it during school time some now.  Her natural grip hasn’t improved much so far, but we are trying! I pay attention to her when she isn’t thinking about it and noticed she still puts all fingers on the crayon/pencil.

I have more pencil grip articles and ideas pinned on my Preschool at Home Pinterest board.  Scroll down, they are mostly about halfway down on the board right now.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben April 2014

This is our second Playful Learning with Spielgaben monthly post, our first post is here!  If you missed the introduction to this new series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter is doing with this learning set!

 

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This month we have been a bit off of our regular school schedule as my daughter is having a few weeks off of “planned school” time. She finished up her preschool plan with me and I am in the transition for gearing back up with her soon. Thankfully Spielgaben keeps her learning even when I plan little, as you will see below. Everything you see in this post took place during this past month.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play {a BIG favorite right now},  It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we began our work with Set 6.  We only did 2 lessons since we are not doing much planned school time right now.

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We always begin with free exploration before starting any of the lessons.  She loves this and I try to give her as much time as she wants, even if it means we don’t actually get to a lesson that day!  She got straight to work making a cat!

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For Set 6 I chose the following lessons for her, 6-1 Crocodile Family, and 6-2 Telephone. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

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She loves crocodiles so I knew she would love this lesson and I was correct!

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We made 2 crocs together, complete with taped on eyes.

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She wanted to hold them and add spikes so we taped them together and added green pieces to them!

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Making a telephone was a BIG hit also. She followed the user guide to create the entire phone by herself.

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She LOVES using tape!

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Number stickers for the buttons.  We used our real phone too so she could see how they compared.

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Think she liked it?

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We added in the phone number printables from Spell Outloud and switched up our original phone design to match our phones at home.  She liked it better this way!

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Thankfully, her big brother was happy to play telephone with her!

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Free Play

This is a full shot of our free play area currently.  I don’t leave the boxes open all of the time, but when they are allowed to free play, I set them out like this.  She will often ask me to open them when they are shut!  Our rule is that they can only be opened by me, basically I have to give permission for free play time.  This is so pieces don’t grow legs and walk away.

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She does so much freely, I often don’t even capture it with my camera. I did get this one, of the baby pterodactyls being saved from the storm {the red dots behind the mom} by the momma.

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Ladybug and Krash love Hexbugs and set up a course for their bugs.  They also had fun building walls for their bugs to wiggle out of.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I set up this one day and with in seconds of her walking in the room, it was like a magnet.  My husband happened to be standing in the area and was amazed with how quickly she noticed it and went right to it.

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I didn’t say anything, just set it up like this to inspire her play.  She immediately put the rings on the yarn balls.

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Then she wanted to twist them all up.

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She realized she could unhook the top and took a few off and explore swinging them over the top of the bar!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  She asks a lot, she really enjoys this. Here she was building a zebra, one of her favorite animals.

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Another favorite is being built here, a horse!

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Then she added a baby…

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Our Favorite Spelling Curriculum

All About Spelling is our favorite spelling curriculum.  We began using it when PacMan was struggling in 1st grade. All About Learning Press has an awesome blog and has written a series of articles focused on spelling, which I am sharing below.  Just click on the graphics to read more and see why this spelling program is so awesome!

I know many of you are hunting for spelling curriculum and thought these articles might be helpful as you review All About Spelling as an option!

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Spelling Can Be Easy

Click to see the 6 articles in this series…

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Organizing You Can Read

Organizing You Can Read Sight Words

As I prepare You Can Read to use with Ladybug, I am appreciating some organizational methods I put into place when using it with Krash!  It is making it very easy for me to get things ready for her! I have never shared how I organize it all and thought maybe I should! 

Not familiar with You Can Read?  It is a sight word program for younger readers who are eager to learn to read, but still need lots of hands on fun in the process. It can be used with younger kids who are showing interest or for any age child who is just learning to read.  The 18 units are based on the Dolch Pre Primer & Primer Sight Word lists, as well as a few I added in, for a total of 72 words. There is also a color and number word set.  The base 18 units are available for free here.  There is also a Bundle for $10 which gives you the additional word units plus all of the extras, plus one simple download for the base units.

 

The main organizational tool I use with this program…

Accordion File Folders

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I got mine at Target when they were in the dollar section {maybe for $3, I can’t remember}. I have 3 folders like this to fit all of the units in, this is just the one that holds the first units {there are 18 base units plus color and number words}. I used the little tabs that came with the folder to write the unit number and the actual words in that unit.

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What’s in the folder?

 

All of the base printables {many are laminated to be reused, so I had none of that to do for Ladybug}. I just looked for what was missing {consumable like the color by word} and printed those for Ladybug.

 

Printable Extras from the You Can Read Bundle~ You Can Read includes many special extras that are ONLY available in the bundle.  I chose which ones I want to use for her and print those also.

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One of the extras is a sensory bin word search which has tons of tiny laminated words.  I sort ours in this awesome plastic tray. I had to re-sort all of our words {such fun} since I dropped it as I was pulling it down off of the storage shelf!

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Extras from other sources ~ I use a few printables from other sources. First, the sight word color by number printables that are located here. I printed her a new set to color, and also included the set Krash colored which is laminated so we could play matching games with them! We also use Education Cube inserts that were made specifically for You Can Read by my friend Jenn.

 

Sight Word Readers & First Little Readers ~ We have 2 sets of small easy readers we use and I have them all labeled with the key sight words in the books. Some books could go along with different units, so I just sorted them based on how many we had for each unit. If you use other sight word based easy readers, you can find key sight words in them and sort them out by unit.  We also have an old set of Open Court K readers which I have sorted also. 

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The Sight Word Readers already have the key sight words printed on the front.

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I sort the books I want to use for each unit and file them in the pockets so I don’t have to go hunting when we get to each unit!

 

Here’s a peek at the stash for Unit 1…

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 68

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

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April showers bring May flowers….I am SO looking forward to seeing some pretty flowers! It has been quite chilly in our part of the country and the blooming of trees and flowers has been slow in coming! Good thing seeing our Tots bloom doesn’t depend on the weather! Take a look at the different activities posted this week to see how you help your Tot bloom!

Sometimes “life” just happens and following your Tots lead can delay “official” Tot School! Take a look at Mama Charlton’s experience with Tot Meredith over at My Spare Time. Sometimes it’s for the best!

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The Rosen family has been enjoying studying the letter Q and building a castle to entertain both Tots and older children alike! Take a peek at their week over at A Family in the Land.

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Over at Monsters Ed, Mama Jolene shares with us what Tot Pixie is working on in weekly tot trays. Take a look and see if any would appeal to your Tot!

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