Mrs. Francis and Ms. Pratt
- Finger Soccer: (Materials Required - masking, painters or electrical tape and a cotton ball, pom pom ball or ping pong ball.) Set up - use the tape to create goals and a center divider line. Game - Have two children lie on the floor propped up on their elbows in front of each goal. Each child should curl the thumb, ring finger, and pinkie of their dominant hand into their palm. The game is played using the index and middle fingers of their dominant hand*. The object is to shoot the ball through the goal at their opponent’s end. One player shoots the ball by flicking it with their index finger. Their partner tries to catch the ball using their index and middle fingers when it crosses onto their side. The players continue to flick and catch the ball with their fingers until time is called or a specified score is reached. *If a child has difficulty using only their index and middle fingers have them hold a small object such as a penny or checker with their ring finger and pinkie to prevent them from using them in the game.
- Letter Art: (Materials Required - Construction paper, index card or oak tag, colored tissue paper, glue and a pencil.) Have your child write a designated letter or word on a piece of construction paper, oak tag or index card. The letter(s) should be between 3 and 8 inches depending on if the child is writing a word (smaller letters) or just a letter (may be larger, but does not have to be) and the time frame available (less time equals smaller letters). Next have them tear some tissue paper into small pieces and use the index finger and thumb of their dominant hand to crumple the pieces of tissue paper into small balls. Some children may also need to use their middle finger to assist with forming the tissue paper balls. Finally, your child should put some glue on their letter (or part of their letter if it is large) and place the tissue paper balls on the glue. We prefer using liquid glue versus glue sticks since children must squeeze the glue, thereby working on their hand muscles; however, glue sticks will work for this activity too. Challenge: For increased difficulty, have your child make a pattern using two or more tissue paper colors.
- Click on this link for a variety of activities to improve core strength: Postural Tone Exercises
- Continue practicing at typing.com or Typing Agent.
- Continue to practice shoe tying, buttoning, and/or zipping.
- Continue to perform the Chore of the Day/Week.
- Continue to identify your zone and use strategies to adjust as needed.
- For this week, focus on identifying characters in movies, TV shows and/or books who are in the Blue Zone. Help your child identify why they are in the Blue Zone: i.e what they are doing, how they are behaving, how they are feeling or other non-verbal characteristics.