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In the Classroom: A Teacher Weighs in on Cadoozles!

At Zebra Pen, we love Cadoozles.  But our opinion means nothing if they aren’t living up to your expectations.  We asked a teacher to review Cadoozles and share her experiences.  Here’s what she had to say:

Anyone who knows a teacher, BlogLink_TeachersCadoozlesknows that we will NEVER say no to anything free. We take
anything, and keep everything. The popular mantra, “You never know when you might need it,” rings true in our noble profession. So…when I said that I was willing to try out some “free” pencils in my classroom, you can only imagine how elated I was when the package of Cadoozles pencils came. Opening the package with my second graders was reminiscent of Christmas morning with the ripping of tape and rustling of paper, mixed with an occasional ooh or ahh, until out came three packages of mechanical pencils. Let me fix that, not JUST mechanical pencils, but the most magical pencils my students had ever seen. (What I am about to write are exact words and feelings that my students used when first viewing and then operating these pencils.)

Cadoozles Starters Mechanical Pencil 2.0mm Assorted 12pk

Cadoozles Starters Mechanical Pencil 2.0mm Assorted 12pk

For those of you that have never seen a Cadoozles mechanical pencil, they are about six inches in length with the most adorable animal designs printed on them. The fox seemed to be the most popular. When I asked the students why they would rather use these than regular “number twos”, they talked about how cool the designs were and how smooth they felt in their hands. They were comfortable to grip and wrote quite smoothly. The idea of a mechanical pencil appealed to them because when the point breaks, there is no need to locate a sharpener or wait for the teacher to do it, but just double click and a new lead point is waiting. They also like the design because it fooled them into thinking it was a “real” pencil. Overall, my students loved using these new pencils and when offered a choice between the Cadoozles and typical pencils, they chose the Cadoozles each and every time.

As a teacher, I love that if their pencil breaks, I do not have to stop my lesson due to the incredible loudness of the pencil sharpener. I also like that the pencils don’t seem to roll around on the table as easily as the non-mechanical pencils, therefore causing less distraction and more attention to what it is that I am teaching. They also did not seem to bat an eye when I told them we were going to be writing but they could use one of the new pencils if they wanted to.

Thank you for allowing my students and I the opportunity to test out your fabulous writing tools.

Sara Dustin is a Reading Specialist in the second grade at an urban school in Taunton, MA.  We thank her for trying out a product she’d never seen and providing us her opinions, as well as those of her second-grade students.  We love that kids preferred Cadoozles every time in her classroom!

To learn more, please check out our Teachers’ Guide to Cadoozles:

Cursive: How to Teach Your Kids at Home

As a parent, we stay busy.  We go to Little League games and dance recitals, movie nights and birthday parties.  In the midst of the fast-paced day, we often miss the details.  Though our kids are learning more every day, and have access to quite literally the world, some of the things we take for granted are falling to the wayside.

Take cursive handwriting.

Cursive is disappearing from the classrooms, yielding to an era of word-processing prowess and textable data.  But more and more parents are realizing that, whether they homeschool or send their kids to a traditional setting, they want their children to know how to read and write in cursive.  Just the simple act of writing your name takes on an elegance no block letter can provide.

And who doesn’t like to receive a handwritten letter in the mail?

It’s hard to find the time to develop a curriculum yourself, so we’ve made it simple.  By combining our Cadoozles mechanical pencils with these handy tips and resources, you can guide your little scholar to cursive comfort in no time at all.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. First, if you do not currently home school or have a homework area set aside, find a great spot with a flat surface and no distractions. Kids don’t necessarily take to this right away, and can be easily dragged away by disruptions.
  2. Decide on the length of time to be devoted to this project. Take into account how much homework your child already has to complete, as well as extracurricular activities.  This can be taken on slowly, with a new letter every few days, or if your child is excited, in a few weekends.
  3. Make sure you’ve selected an appropriate writing implement. The child-friendly grip and patterns, and roll-resistant design, of our fun Cadoozles makes a tedious task more enjoyable.
  4. Consider developing a reward system to coordinate with the project. As each new upper and lowercase letter is learned, have your child color in a chart.  When they complete it, come up with an appropriate and fun activity or prize.
  5. Incorporate history into the lesson! Show your child historical documents and let them pick out letters they can identify as they go.  Let them know how much cursive has changed over the centuries; make sure to include more recent historical documents and letters (how about family records?)
  6. Ask your friends and family to get involved! Request letters to your child on social media.  You’ll be stunned by just how many people love the idea, and your child will be thrilled to check the mail every day.  Once your child is a bit more comfortable, have them write responses and include one of your own so your child can see your handwriting too.  Your family and friends will love it.
  7. BE PATIENT! This is hard stuff; give them time and take frequent breaks

Think back on when you learned cursive in school.  Handwriting is generally not taught in alphabetical order.  We’re including some resources for you to try.  You will find both pre-made and cursive worksheet generators online so try them out to find what works for you.

RESOURCES:

Handwriting Without Tears

Cadoozles help busy parents teach cursive at home

Kidzone

Cadoozles help parents teach cursive at home with proper finger placement

HandwritingWorksheets.com

These cursive worksheets help parents teach cursive at home. Cadoozles are a great pencil choice.

It’s the age of digital communication and we often get disconnected from skills we don’t use.  Are you an adult in need of a refresher on your handwriting? Check out this workbook from the National Adult Literacy Agency.  Grab some Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencils and get writing!