Today's Snack: Core an apple and cut it into slices, then chunks.
Spear a chunk with a straight pretzel, and eat. A glass of milk goes well with
Enlarge the illustration above to page-size,
and print out one copy for each student,
or make your own and photocopy
Many kids don't like to write because
they haven't taken much time to practice their handwriting skills. A great way
to build a student's confidence about writing is to give fun, easy practice in
pencil skills. The thinking that it takes to avoid running into an "obstacle"
in this game is the same thinking that it takes to form the alphabet letters
correctly in writing, and to space words apart correctly.
This obstacle course game is fun and also
strengthens a student's fine-motor skills. So though this is aimed at children
in kindergarten and first grade, it'll come in handy with all ages, especially
at the start of the school year or after a vacation.
Make sure the students are holding their
pencils correctly: make the OK sign, release the index finger and thumb, lay
the pencil over the curve, let the index finger rest where the paint meets the
tan part of the sharpened pencil, with the other three fingers behind in
Now give each student a few colored
pencils and one of these obstacle course sheets. The students are to draw a
line through the obstacle course from the "Start" to the "Finish."
They can choose as many courses as they
wish, using a different color of pencil for each "run."
They can do this over and over 'til they are ready to
negotiate all the curves, angles and turns of alphabet letters with skill and