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Re: snowflake cutting and fine motor skills

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Mon, 7 Dec 1998 21:11:34 EST

When we get around to making them, we use
math skills to fold in half and then in THIRDS so we get 6 points. I
know this sounds petty, but I feel that is important to do them as
accurately as possible and to integrate with other curriculum if we are
going to do them. >>

This does NOT sound petty! I was pretty shocked when my third graders (well,
many of them, not all) could not cut symmetrical Christmas tree shapes from
squares of green construction paper today! I demonstrated it first, too!
These kids were cutting on the wrong side (ending up with two half trees), or
not getting that they only needed to cut one HALF of the tree, then unfold.
Didn't they ever make Valentine hearts? Or with their other teacher? Hmmm.
So your comment about simple cutting and fine motor skill tuning is not petty
in my opinion. 8 and 9 year olds should be taught and grasp these concepts
(in my humble opinion) in the first and second grades. Keep it up!