Posted by: Amy | May 19, 2009

Modeling Clay

Little R has been having trouble at school.  This problem has been going on for quite some time now.  His teacher and I have been writing back and forth in a journal, as well as meeting with each other, to try and figure out what the problem might be. 

Little R has been having a very hard time staying focused on his work and getting it completed.  He is having this problem even while another teacher’s aide is sitting at the same table encouraging him to stay on track!  One of the things he has told me is that he HATES to do writing work. 

Mrs. M suggested getting some clay for him to work with.  This should prove to help define those little muscles in his hands that are responsible for fine motor skills.  If only this activity could fix ALL of his schooltime troubles…

<<BIG sigh>>

Little R working on a clay coil pot.

Little R working on a clay coil pot.

Playing with clay proved to be quite the calming activity.  After a few minutes it got very quiet in my kitchen!  This is something that rarely never happens. :-)  Even Play-Doh doesn’t have this kind of effect.

Little C was having fun making little piles of the clay.  He kept commenting on how "hard" the clay was.  I guess they are both too use to Play-Doh.

Little C was having fun making little piles of the clay. He kept commenting on how "hard" the clay was. I guess they are both too use to Play-Doh.

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  1. It sounds like his school problems are mostly summed up by saying: He’s a boy!

    I like the clay idea. I never thought about it being a sneaky way to exercise the hand. Very clever.

  2. I hope you are right about the boy thing, Mrs. Edwards. I have been so worried and overwhelmed by all of his “problems.” I am hoping to nip them in the bud, so to speak, this summer. It will be interesting to see if homeschooling makes a difference as well.


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