Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

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1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:52 am

In my line of work as a Special Ed teacher, it helps to understand and try to see the reasons why the parents of my (current and would-be) students say or do things that seem to question my abilities to teach their child. It still seems controversial to me, no matter how long I have taught and how much I have valued my work as a reflection not just of my abilities to teach, but as a reflection of the values I hold dear, as a mother and as a professional.

Maybe these parents are still reeling from the fact that their children have been given a diagnosis that they themselves have been suspecting before it was officially written on paper.

Maybe these parents feel vulnerable and are afraid to know what the future will be like when their children are older: will they be able to cope, adjust, be like the typically developing children, will their potentials be developed and be tapped for them to be independent citizens?

In everything, it is for the benefit of the child, and his/her family if the parents are willing to cooperate and work with the people who will help them develop the full potentials of the child(ren).

As a special education teacher, my work is not done at the end of our one-on-one sessions. There would be times when I get frantic messages or calls. There would be times when parents and I discuss at length what needs to be done, only to repeat the same conversation after a day or two. Being a teacher does not entail just working with a child but working cooperatively with his/her parents and family. In doing so, working together with the parents and the other auxiliary service providers gives the child the best advantage in tapping and developing his/her full potential. The journey won’t be easy nor short, but it is a start.

Posted by julie @ 7:35 pm

One of the latest fads to hit the country ispurchasing and coloring Adult Coloring Books. I love this idea except that I have discovered that I do not have the patience nor the talent to do pages and pages of these beautiful hand-drawn art works. I even wrote an article about it here : Art Attack

I have a few guilty pleasures and these include watching my favorite tv series and reading ebooks. One other thing is that when I discovered that I had no patience nor talent to color, I had a little of both when it comes to making Adult Coloring Pages.

By watching video tutorials and painstakingly doing trial and error drawings, I now have a wee bit of expertise in making a page or two.

Here are a few samples of my hand-drawn Coloring Pages:

Vines

Flower Frenzy

 

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The colored page was one of my earlier drawings. This was initially colored by my Bunso but I finished the piece. I was so impatient to finish coloring and it felt like a tedious task for me. I enjoyed drawing more than coloring.

I hope to be able to make these pages available online for those who want to have free coloring pages drawn by a Filipina.

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