I made some simple cutting practice sheets for our Kinders this year. With a really large group, it helped me understand where a majority of my students are. After observing and reflecting on the exercise, thank goodness I found out most of the class has had some cutting practice!
Here is the range I've seen:
Awesome, awesome job! I actually had a few like these, too. I was pleasantly surprised to see 5 year old's tackling the narrow zig-zag line!
Mm- not too bad. You can see the student did pretty well. I think the folds and creases all over the sheets demonstrate the effort put in just to hold the paper right. Overall, though, they followed the lines fairly good.
Of course, though, we will have some who have had minimal practice. I've noted down these students and know that they will need more assistance and more hand-over-hand work.
Most students did great with the gluing. There were a few, though, who did not follow along with directions and either cut that bottom line, did way more than 6 glue dots, or glued the cut shapes from the practice sheet onto the paper instead of this:
|Not too bad..|
|Needs some more practice..|
I also have switched over to the tap-n-glue bottle caps which (so far) have gone over great! But again, I still ended up with one of these:
In the end, my little "study" and reflection shows that 1) we are in baby step mode- which is fine! Because I only see them once a week, I used to feel the pressure of showing so many products instead of evolving on the process, but I know now that to really get the most out of my kids, we need to cover the basics! and 2) Kinders love to please : ). They love to show off their good work and are so proud of their art, even if it's cutting dotted lines! It's because of their love for learning and sweet lil' ol' innocence, they inspire me to keep on keepin' on.