FOR THE LOVE OF
Hey Easy Lemon Squeezy! Why are you so obsessed with MINI?!?!?
In my last blog post, I mentioned the new “golf pencil” craze. Mini is in!
It is not only an adorable trend but also really great for early writers and fine motor all around.
It makes sense, smaller hands = smaller materials.
Gone are the days of thinking big, bulky pencils are easier to hold. They might seem easier but they also call for an entirely different grip than regular width pencils. This creates habits our kids need to “unlearn” in kindergarten or their handwriting will be a mess.
Smaller gives kids the easier while asking them to grip the pencil the same way they will be asked to grip pencils and pens in school.
There is also something magical about kids using small materials. In my teaching and mom experience, I have found, big things call for big movements and little things call for little movements.
In our Monthly Writing Center, little movements are the thing, after all, writing is just a collection of very intentional little movements.
Each of our Monthly Writing Centers comes with a mini book for just this reason, turning the pages and writing small enough to fit in your mini books takes an amazing about of muscle strength and control. Also, for kids who aren’t sure about the writing thing, mini books and paper are way less intimidating. We have all had that moment staring at a big blank screen and not knowing where to start, the mini takes some of that intimidation away for kids.
Plus, mini is unexpected. Kids are accustomed to the 8.5 X 11 land of paper, worksheets and coloring books. This predictably starts at a very young age! Mini changes the landscape (literally) and adds some surprise!
Really look at the attention and care this kiddo > is giving to his writing. Mini means lean in, work slow, pay attention!
Mini is easy at home. Literally cut things up! The magic of paper is that it can be whatever shape or size you want it to be.
So shrink it all down, friends! Mini is magical!