Fine Motor Skills should be strong in Kindergarten. Teachers can tell when your child needs a little extra help strengthening the muscles in his/her hand in order to be able to better hold a pencil, cut, glue, color, tie shoes or any other activity involving the hand. We do lots of cutting, coloring, writing, gluing, snapping, zipping, etc., etc in Kindergarten and your child’s hand must be strong in order to be successful in these activities. Many Kindergarten children cannot hold a pair of scissors correctly. This surprises me, but many parents tell me that although they have scissors at home, they don’t allow their Kindergartner to use them for fear of what might get cut that is not paper:) Children should be allowed to use child scissors with an adult nearby to supervise. Offer your child an old magazine and let them go with the scissors. Maybe they could look for the letters in their name, or pictures that begin with a certain sound, or pictures about fall, or pictures that they like, the list is endless. Once the pictures/letters are cut and scraps are cleaned up, your child could glue these pictures onto a paper and on another day try to ‘write’ the names of all of the pictures. Kindergarten children should be cutting every day and when they do, we will all begin to see immediate improvements.