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I just added 2 new items to my TpT store and I wanted to give you a little background about the activity that it involves!
Have you ever heard of Pokey Pins? I, in no way shape or form, invented this activity. I have simply evolved it to fit my literacy program AND also to try to get the long, lost skill of fine motoring back into the kindergarten classroom. Everyone's standards have steadily risen over the course of the last 10 years (that I have personally witnessed) and the kindergarten classroom has slowly evolved into the "new 1st grade". It is no longer focussed on the importance of social skills, cooperative learning, learning through play and developing fine motor skills. Now, they must be reading (stories) and writing (sentences) by the end of their first year of school.
So, knowing what I know about about the needs of kinders, I designed these Pokey Pin sets (originally introduced to me by 2 former student teachers who were very aware of children's developmental needs--thank you Kimberly Dean and Malinda Merrill).
Students are fascinated by the results and they LOVE doing this center. As Amy McElveen says to her students, it is just like creating your own "light bright". Your students go from this:
....simply by having students use push pins (or "pokey pins") on my activity sheets. So, they are using their hand muscles to build strength AND working on their alphabet and/or sight words required by the "program" (which happens to be Treasures for me).
There are many great advantages to this center:
*it is EASY to set up and prepare
*you need LIMITED materials
(construction paper, push pins, and an eraser to poke the pins in when not in use)
*most children LOVE this center
*it is a quiet activity that relaxes children
(in my experience, ADD and ADHD students are completely
engaged in this activity and ask for it over and over)
*it is INDEPENDENT and BENEFICIAL
- so you can pull small groups
*it is easily adapted to different skill levels
So here are my 2 NEW products I just recently posted at TpT:
This is set 2, which has a simple picture for every letter of the alphabet along with the correlating word and includes 1 center for 26 weeks of the year!
This set has 29 weeks worth of HFW that follow the kindergarten Treasures Reading Series sequence of words. However, they are common kindergarten words, so the set is appropriate for any kinder classroom.