Tip – Teach your students copying and color skills in a fun and creative way.
Start by having them fold an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of paper in four parts. Then have them draw two circle shapes in the two upper sections. Next ask them to color the circles and then copy and color their own shapes in the two lower sections. Emphasize coloring in the whole shape.
For even more fun, give them another sheet of paper and do the activity again. This time encourage your students to draw the shapes in the two top sections for you to copy. Keep to the circle practice or have them challenge you with other interesting and fun shapes. Once you finish your copying, return the paper to your students for coloring all four shapes.
As your students make each shape, they are getting both writing and drawing practice. As they color, they also get eye-hand coordination experience.
“Write” is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (p.2061) as “to form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen.”
“”Draw” is defined in the same dictionary (p. 561) as “To inscribe (a line or lines) with a pencil or other marking implement.”
The game described above has been designed to reinforce both writing and drawing skills. The circle is also the letter O, and all the other shapes are completed curved line.
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 171 – 172.
June! Month of the Dads
Right after Father’s Day makes a great time to find out from your students how they celebrated. Emphasize appreciation for all that fathers do. A wonderful project could be a “Thank you Dad” card. Work this out in your own favorite way and with whatever materials you have on hand. Most important is to help your students capture their feelings and give them a fun and concrete way to pass them on to their dad.
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