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Beginning scissors skills for preschool and kindergarten are paired with simple science concepts in Book 2 of this program, ALL ABOUT LEAVES, created by an occupational therapist. This resource includes 8 developmentally graded cutting activities. This book is the second of ten books in the Scissor Skills & Science Series.
ALL ABOUT LEAVES helps kids master the second scissors skill: Make Fringe. Making fringe is a repetitive and simple task for children inexperienced with using scissors. This addresses and improves bilateral coordination (ability to use two hands together) as the child holds the paper with one hand and cuts with the other hand.
This book is ideal for 3 to 4 year-olds, but suits all children working on initial scissors skills. The science teaches children all about leaves: what leaves are, what their function is, how they look, and the way leaves change throughout the year.
This book has been designed to use over the course of one to two weeks. It is recommended children complete activities in the order they are presented.
In each of these 8 "Make Fringe" activities children follow 3 steps:
1- Color the fringe on the activity page
2- Cut the fringe
3- Glue the fringe onto the gluing page for the activity
The 8 "Make Fringe" activities include:
1- What Are Leaves?
2- Leaves Need Sun & Rain
3- Leaves in the Fall
4- Pine Needles
5- Wide Leaves
6- Narrow Leaves
7- Bushes Have Leaves
Why pair scissors skills with Science?
1- MOTIVATION: Many young children are eager to learn about science. Including science concepts in this resource raises a child’s motivation for cutting activities.
2- COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT: Science topics stimulate a child’s looking, listening, thinking, and reasoning skills. Teachers and parents can incorporate these science lessons into everyday life.
3- REINFORCE ACADEMICS: Incorporating an appropriate science curriculum introduces science into childrens’ worlds, as well as language and math concepts.
Also included in this resource is a poster called The 3 T's: Rules for Using Scissors:
Using pictures, this poster reminds a child to tuck his elbow to his side, keep his thumb up, and cut toward the table.
* TUCK! . . . TUCK your elbow by your side
* TOP! . . . Keep your thumb on TOP
* TABLE! . . . Cut TOWARD the table and away from you
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