Cutting activities for preschool builds fine motor skills and hand strength, but there is also a developmental progression to scissor skills. When setting up a preschool cutting activity think about the 7 levels of cutting.
By providing children with a variety of activities and the opportunity to use scissors children will develop those much-needed fine motor skills. Setting up a cutting station is a great way to ensure that children get to practice cutting skills daily. Start by adding it to your daily routine during morning work time, quiet time or table activities.
Children use their pinching grasp as they use both hands to pinch and rip paper. Paper strips or tape is the perfect activity for this.
Snipping lets children practice opening and closing scissors and make a cut with just one motion. Cutting Activities for this could be cutting spaghetti. Straws or just strips of paper.
Fringing activities are scissor skills that require the children to snip paper rapitivelly without cutting through the paper.
Straight Lines and Zig Zag Lines
Straight lines require children to open and close the scissors multiple times per cut. Zig zag lines are more difficult because it requires children to turn the paper as they cut.
Curved Lines and Shapes
This is the last skill children will master. When cutting out shapes it requires children to use both hands at the same time. This is known as bilateral coordination.
Trello saved my teacher desk from endless piles of paper and my computer from a frame of sticky notes.
Here are 10 ways that Trello, a digital organization for teachers, saved my desk and my teacher life.
You can create a free account that can be used on the web or linked to all devices with an app. You can have up to 10 free Trello boards that can be used to digital plan and organize your teacher life.
Share and Collaborate
When using Trello lesson planning you will be able to share your pacing calendar with other likeminded teachers and work smarter instead of harder.
No HASSLE Small Group Organization
Trello templates for teachers are a great way to get your small groups organized, you will never again have to retype your small group list because you moved a few students around. You can drag and drop students around from one group to another and if you need to take notes on a child for an IEP referral you are able to do that within the app.
All Needed Files Are Just a Click Away
Link files for referrals, activities and fliers from your computer or cloud storage to cards for easy access. Never again will you forget where a file is.
Keep Lesson All in One Place
Never plan another lesson twice again. Trello digital planning will allow you to plan everything out in a Trello yearly planner card where you can house everything you need for that lesson. Links to files, YouTube videos, music and books. Each time it’s ready to teach.
Label and Color Code Cards
Label and color code information in planning cards so that information can be identified at a glance.
Important Dates to Remember
Add important dates to your yearly lesson planning template cards and put a due date on it so that you have all due dates in one place along with your lesson plans.
Never Forget Lesson at Home
There is no worse feeling than realizing you left your lesson on the kitchen counter and don’t have time to go back and get them. NEVER AGAIN! You can access all of your planning boards from any device.
No More Scrambling for Notes
You can take all observation notes in a Trello teacher template for small groups. When it’s time for a referral you will have everything right there in one place. No more running back to your classroom for those needed notes for an IEP meeting.
It’s as Easy as Using Sticky Notes
It's as easy as using sticky notes but you will have an infant amount of notes that won't be stuck where you will forget where you put them, because you can find your notes on any device. Reminder notes and checklist right in your pocket.
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.