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Zebra Spacing Paper - For Writing & Evaluation

What is Zebra Paper?  A simple method to teach children to evenly space letters and words when writing. It can assist in decreasing writing size as they mature and become more fluent in forming letters and words. For the struggling student, it can be used as a guide to help develop even spacing and decrease or increase letter formation to a more appropriate size.
Zebra paper also gives you concrete, measurable evidence of the student’s writing. FINALLY, you can easily measure and document what size their writing is at the beginning of intervention or the school year and then what size it is after a course of time or intervention.
Zebra paper can be used when first learning to write letters and words as a teaching guide. Teaching letter sizing and word spacing right from the start helps to avoid problems and bad habits.

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What Do You Do With All Your Summer Stuff??
Pool noodles and tubes, shovels, pails, and beach balls!  Now that the summer is over and everyone is back to school what do you do with all the summer stuff?  Most children (or adults) aren't ready to give up their summer fun yet.  Why not turn your summer stuff into some treatment activities during the school year. 

Pool Noodles and Tubes
Marble Racing:  Take  your pool noodle and cut it in half, now take one half and cut the top off, leaving the bottom and a groove for the marble to travel down.  Line up the noodles, a marble at the top of each and let them roll!   Which one is faster.  
Can your child find the fastest angle to hold the noodle?  How many marbles can they put in, one after the other?   
Can you bend the noodle and move your arms to get the marble through?  
String Noodle Pieces:  Cut your pool noodles into one inch pieces and then have your children use them to practice stringing.  
Find a broom stick and have your children reach up high to place them on the broom stick.  

Pool Noodle Building: Use your pieces of pool noodle and toothpicks to build a tower or piece together a person or object.  
Pool Noodle Sequencing: Write letters or numbers on the sides of your pool noodles.  Now have your children spell words or copy number order either with a visual model or verbal sequence.  
Write the whole alphabet, one letter per noodle piece and then ask your students to stack a tower in alphabetical order. 
Pool Tube Hopscotch: Use your pool tubes as part of your hopscotch board or obstacle course- Jump in and out.  
Write letters on the pool tube and have your children throw a ball into the letter you call out.  
Pool Tube Javelin: Take your pool tube and hang it from a doorway or ceiling.  You can also hang the tube from your gym basketball net.  Stand a few feet away and try to throw the noodle through your tube.  

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Teaching Independence now!

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Have You Taught Your Child How To ....
As school and activities increase, time decreases.  Spend time learning and practicing new tasks now so your children can be more independent and ultimately help you out around the house.
Can your child do these activities? Spend some time practicing together around the house: 
  • Hanging up a jacket or shirt on a hanger
  • Folding a shirt to put in a drawer 
  • Matching and folding socks 
  • Tie shoelaces 
  • Make a sandwich
  • Mix a drink like iced tea or lemonade
  • Cook an egg
Help Around the house
  • Make your bed 
  • Vaccuum 
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Put away the groceries 
Move outside and practice: 
  • Digging a hole with a real shovel 
  • Planting flowers 
  • Shovel the snow in the winter 
  • Bagging leaves 
  • Picking up grass clippings and twigs 
  • Taking out the recycling or trash

Increasing Independence
Some tasks may be harder to teach then others and what you think is simple may feel like impossible to your child.  When teaching a task start out simple and break it down into steps.  Or modify it then work up to the actual task.  
Use picture direction cards.  For example if you are making a sandwich you need pictures of bread, the inside of your sandwich and a knife.  Collect your items then place them in order on the counter.  Or use your phone- take pictures as you complete the task so your child can use them next time! 
Write a story:  Your child may understand when listening to a story more so then looking at pictures.  For example when folding towels.  Johnny takes the towels out of the dryer and places in a laundry basic.  Then he finds a open space to fold on.  He takes one towel out of the laundry basket and lays it flat on the bed.  He takes one side and matches it to the opposite corners.  Then he takes another side and matches it to the opposite corners, making a square.  Then he moves on to the next one.  
Watch a video: Search a video on You Tube.  Have your child watch the video, seeing the task in action may help your child complete the task.  
Modeling the task: Complete the task alongside your child so they can copy or model what you are doing in each step.  
Remember to "Ask Rather Then Tell"for example "What will you use to spread the jelly?" Instead of "Now you need to get the knife to spread the jelly."