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As a preschool teacher, yes, we worked on scissor skills--and yes they
learned when they were ready, but we gave them lots of opportunity and
assisted if they had trouble without making a big deal of it. There were
always a few in Kdg who needed some help. In some cases we used the
"double" scissors where a teacher could grasp it along with them. For a
very few, there were scissors with loop handles that helped. Check the
We found two things helpful--Get GOOD scissors. (The Fiskars for kids
seemed to work well) The cheap "dimestore" variety are worse than
useless--especialy for someone who is trying to learn.
Give them stiffer paper for learning if they are having trouble. We had
some old wallpaper books with heavy paper that we saved for this purpose.
The heavier weight didn't "slide sideways" in the scissors when they were