"Fundanoodle is an education readiness program designed by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers to develop and improve the motor skills needed for success in and out of the classroom."
This company is a direct sales company that has "Education Ambassadors" who host parties and share these products with others. From what I can tell though, the Education Ambassadors, are not about making money but more about sharing their passion. They have a love for teaching and love to share tools that really make an impact.
Another section of the catalog explains that their products are designed to combat the negative impact of touchscreen technology.
Muscle Mover Cards.
What's included.This is how the set arrives.
Muscle Mover Cards in ActionI did not read the instructions on how to play the game that was on the box, I was just too excited to give them to Adam to see what he would do with them. Adam is 3 and this is how we explored the cards. I first flipped to letter A, the writing side and laid it on the table while it was still attached to the ring. It did not lay flat so I quickly took it off the ring and laid it right on the table. I told Adam to start at the green line and follow the grey line all the way down to the red. He really wanted to follow the green line first and then the grey. All writing practice is good, so I wasn't bothered.
Education Ambassador recommended forming the letters with play-doh or wiki sticks. Both are great options. But they could also simply trace with the tip of their finger.
How to use this tool.Every home with young children needs flashcards of some sort, with all the letters of the alphabet. Yes you can pick up a set at Dollar Tree. But the durability of these Muscle Mover Cards, the writing opportunity and the movement recommendations make these cards have a lot more versatility. These cards would quickly give you ideas on how to spend quality time with your children while they also build fine and gross motor skills. And I know I said it once before, the graphics are very cute.
As most of you know, we LOVE our Mother Goose Time curriculum, which is an all inclusive ,preschool and beyond, themed curriculum. Each month with Mother Goose Time we focus on three letters. We learn their sounds and have the opportunity to practice writing those letters in the My Little Journal. This set, would go along very nicely with MGT. Since you get only three alphabet cards each month, collecting all letters by the end of the year, this would be a great way to have the complete alphabet in cards as a part of you classroom all year long. But it could also coordinate well with the MGT lessons because you could pull out the three letters you are focusing on each month and have a writing station. You could use those three actions during all your transition times, etc.
As part of your classroom these Muscle Mover Cards would offer another way of learning handwriting. Every child learns differently, and if the green means go and red means stop concept clicks with your child there are other products from this company with more writing opportunities.
Pros and Cons
I love the green means go, red means stop way of teaching. My older boys have really struggled remembering to start letters at the top when writing. Introducing this early would have been very helpful, but I was still learning as an educator. Now that I know this is a hard habit to break, I find it all the more valuable to start off right. Not only that, but from what I have seen of the other writing tools, for older children, they have them practice writing the letters within a square, which was something I loved about Handwriting Without Tears.
This card set, is not a complete writing curriculum. It's not going to step by step walk you through how to teach handwriting. But it's a great tool to have and something else to put in front of your children beside a screen.
I am a little bummed that when the ring is put through the cards, it will no longer fit inside it's box.
The flip side of that is that it won't be tucked away and forgotten about. It could be hung on a hook and visible for your children to grab when they are ready for fun.
I am also a bit disappointed that you can't leave the cards on the ring when writing. It didn't take long to get the cards on and off the ring, but it's just another step, when we are often running short on time. I really can't imagine a better way of storing them though. If they were in a box they could easily be dumped out and all mixed up. On the ring, they can easily be grabbed and taken on the go. You could also easily have your child finger trace or form the letters with wiki sticks while the cards were still on the ring.
All in all the Muscle Mover Cards are a great little product with lots of versatility that is Adam approved. To top it all off, they are only $17.99. So find an Education Ambassador today at Fundanoodle and get your home or your school a set.