As we have gotten further into the school year, they are almost able to hold their scissors and cut close to the line. And they get mad at me when I do the cutting so I have begun to let them cut their own pieces. This little girl is being very careful.
I feel like they are learning a lot and they are proud of their work, When we have a few extra minutes they go back through and practice the skills they have learned. I am creating the notebook as I go and will sell it only after it has been thoroughly tested and adjusted to work well with kindergarteners. I have learned some important lessons already.
- Think about the point of the lesson. The majority of time needs to be spent on the kids learning, not cutting (unless of course they are learning to cut)
- Remember when giving young kids this type of activity they need directions, examples and help (repeat this many times).
- The students should have time to go back and work on what is in their notebook. This allows them to continue to practice until they have it mastered.
- The kids notebooks do not look like mine and that's okay. They are proud of them anyway.
- Sometimes you need to step in and adjust how things are done.
Stay tuned for updates on this topic.