Welcome to a spot to share ideas for working with students in exceptional education in public schools.
Please describe activities you've successfully used with students to improve fine motor and self-help skills.
Creative classroom adaptations for sensory-based and ergonomic needs are sought. Technology applications, low and high tech, are appreciated.
Above all--be positive and professional in sharing your experiences and ideas. Thanks.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
High Tech meets Low Tech
A kindergartner in one of my schools really wants to write his name, but his shaky little arms and hands just get in the way. While he's maturing and practicing his hand control, here's a way for him to write his name, spelling words, anything he wants.
This morning my poor, long-suffering husband trekked out to the storage shed to retrieve the classic Scrabble games I'd bought last summer at some thrift shops. We tossed out the mildewed game boards and boxes and kept the letter tiles and stands.
A little Velcro magic and the letter tiles now stick to car headliner fabric, or felt storyboards, with a clipboard to add stability and make the writing "kit" more portable.
My little guy doesn't need thicker letter tiles since his pinch is quite accurate, but you might choose 1" cubes for your students if they need more surface area to grasp. Just use permanent markers to write letters, or numbers on the cubes.