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Friday, July 2, 2021


School Glue  (Tune:  This Old Man)
Just a dot~not a lot!

School glue, school glue,
Just a little dot will do.
Put a dot and spread it around.
It will hold your paper down.

School glue, school glue,
Don’t use more than a dab or two.
When it dries up, it will disappear.
Your work will look good never fear.

Pencil Grip
Help children recall the correct way to hold their pencil with this echo chant.

Where is Pointer?
On the top.
Ready to write.
Start at the top.

Where is Thumbkin?
On the side.
Ready to help
Your pencil glide.

Where is Tallman?
On the bottom.
Keeps the letters
Where you want ‘em.


Scisssors Snip
Cut it out! Cut it out!
With your scissors cut it out.
Snip, snap, and cut it out.

Thumbs on top,
Take small bites.
Hold your page in the other hand tight.

Cut it out! Cut it out!
With your scissors cut it out.
Snip, snap, and cut it out.

Here's a video for parents with suggestions to help their children with cutting skills.

Thumbs on Top!
Remind children when they cut to think about "Tooty Ta" and put their thumbs up. Hold a sheet of paper in one hand and take "little bites" with the scissors.

Elbows In
Another trick an occupational therapist taught me was to give children two wadded up sheets of paper to hold under their arms. This will give them more control when they begin to cut. Another trick from an OT was to have the children lay on their tummies and cut.