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Re: Teaching "scissor skills?"

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Mon, 29 Mar 1999 16:06:57 EST

Hi Donna,
I agree with you partially--the physical ability (hand-eye coordination and
dexterity) comes when the child is ready. Forcing the skill is like trying to
teach them to walk before they are ready--big waste of everyone's time. When
my oldest child was 3 1/2 he started to use scissors, however, my youngest,
who is two, has been using them successfully since 18 months. Developmentally
they vary greatly. Once a child is ready however, having quality scissors
available, showing them the easiest hand and finger positions and having
materials around that can be cut up are very important. The more they
practice, the better their coordination and the more options available to them
in art activities. I am not sure what you mean by formal. It would seem
silly to have a class with a focus on how to cut with a scissors. But to have
a class on collage or something utilizing scissors use seems pretty down-to-
earth. I support teaching skills through art with the emphasis ON art--not on
the skills.

An interesting intro to scissors that I teach to parents of
toddler/preschoolers is to combine cutting with playdough. The children
experience no frustration because each cut is successful--unlike starting out
with paper cutting. They become comfortable with the grip and the motion
pretty quickly.


In a message dated 3/29/99 10:56:42 AM Central Standard Time,
redhen writes:
<< The question of teaching "scissor skills" and "coloring in the lines" for
preschool and Kindergarten children has come up lately in our family.

Up front: my strong belief is that children will learn these things without
formal instruction when they are ready physically and developmentally and
don't need formal instruction. However, I'd like to hear what the rest of
you think, based on your teaching experience.

'Trying to keep an open mind,
Donna >>