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[SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

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    [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

    Hello all!

    I'm planning for my daughter's upcoming year of fun and gentle learning activities, but while building her Christmas list around the SC A supply list, I came across the recommendation to use Cut & Create: At the Zoo for crafts and cutting practice. The book looks great and I'm excited to turn the creations into puppets or masks, but I can't really understand why such an advanced-seeming book was recommended for this age group.

    How would you suggest I incorporate the activities in the book to maximum effect? Should I trace and cut the pieces myself, leaving assembly/gluing for my daughter? Should I complete the entire craft myself?

    Should I simply choose a different item in its place? I think a Kumon book might be more appropriate and get more of its intended use, but I saw that at least one of them is recommended in a future level's supply list and I wouldn't want to use it twice. Eek!
    Last edited by zealousplus; 11-11-2017, 03:48 PM.
    2018
    DD~2 (no learning difficulties), starting SC A (with few modifications) in January

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    Re: [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

    Originally posted by zealousplus View Post
    Hello all!

    I'm planning for my daughter's upcoming year of fun and gentle learning activities, but while building her Christmas list around the SC A supply list, I came across the recommendation to use Cut & Create: At the Zoo for crafts and cutting practice. The book looks great and I'm excited to turn the creations into puppets or masks, but I can't really understand why such an advanced-seeming book was recommended for this age group.

    How would you suggest I incorporate the activities in the book to maximum effect? Should I trace and cut the pieces myself, leaving assembly/gluing for my daughter? Should I complete the entire craft myself?

    Should I simply choose a different item in its place? I think a Kumon book might be more appropriate and get more of its intended use, but I saw that at least one of them is recommended in a future level's supply list and I wouldn't want to use it twice. Eek!
    Hi there!

    We tried Cut and Create when my children were in Levels A, B and C all at once. It was not easy. I ended up only doing about three crafts total from the book and it was quite labor intensive for me to complete all the stencils and parts for myself (to model the finished craft) and three students — yikes! We just did the best we could.

    I think this book is included for children who are more mature in motor skills but behind in academics (?). Or maybe it’s just a really great craft book in a sea of mediocre ones (?). Either way, it’s optional. You’re not obligated or expected to use it. Memoria Press does not sell this product or receive any revenue from your purchase of it, so don’t feel like you’re letting anyone down. You can use whatever source you’d like, including Kumon.

    There is also a craft book from Rod and Staff called “Easy Animal Paper Crafts” you could substitute. The link to it is here: https://www.milestonebooks.com/item/4-334063/ You can also do the first book in Art With A Purpose https://www.milestonebooks.com/item/38-60111/ We use this series and we love it. It is incremental, purposeful and uses a very short supply list of easy to find items. But again, MP does not profit either way, just do what you’d like. As long as it builds motor skills, develops artistic skill and eye training, it’s eligible.

    HTH!
    Last edited by Anita; 11-11-2017, 10:15 PM.
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      #3
      Re: [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

      Welcome! Yes, all optional supplements are just that: optional. You will not miss anything if you omit them now, nor will you miss anything later if you choose to select one from another level.

      Anita is right. Sometimes, as with Down syndrome, we have 6- to 8-year-olds in Level A. The cognitive/oral language skill development is suitable for Level A, but fine-motor might benefit from some more intentional work.

      With a chronological 3-year-old, feel free to wait on this, choose another, or simply teach Level A as written! You will find many free suggestions to improve writing readiness in the Level A guide. You can add any of the other items to your Christmas list from the Level A supply list that might benefit your child week by week.

      Glad to have you here!

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        Re: [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

        I wanted to chime in and say my little guy (4 years old with fine motor delay) really likes these. We've only completed one, but he was super proud of himself. I copy onto cardstock, cut the templates out, trace onto construction paper, and cut out around the lines (to make the pieces he's cutting more manageable). He cuts them out (with guidance, mostly hand over hand), then I show him where to glue them down. The shapes come out very wonky but he is so proud and really enjoys them.

        If you want something more independent, kumon my first cutting could be good.
        Susan

        2018-2019
        A (10) - Barton, R&S math 3, SC 3
        C (9) - Barton, R&S math 2, SC 3
        G (5) - Simply Classical C

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          Re: [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

          Glad to hear this! We assembled ours in a similar way. I loved the part-to-whole teaching embedded in them, and those handmade zoo animals graced our laundry room for years!

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            Re: [SC A] Cut & Create: At the Zoo

            Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
            Glad to hear this! We assembled ours in a similar way. I loved the part-to-whole teaching embedded in them, and those handmade zoo animals graced our laundry room for years!
            Yep, he really enjoyed it. He took it to OT to show his therapist, he was so proud. I also meant to say we worked on one animal over the course of a week or so -- just a bit here and there. Not the entire thing at once.
            Susan

            2018-2019
            A (10) - Barton, R&S math 3, SC 3
            C (9) - Barton, R&S math 2, SC 3
            G (5) - Simply Classical C

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