You've got to do a lot of things to get ready to write. It amazes me what things I take for granted about writing. Things that Kindergarteners have to really work at in order to write well. Things as simple as how to hold a pencil, or which direction to write in, are second nature to those of us who have been around a while. But these kids barely even have the right muscles ready to write! So we always do lots of activities at the beginning to get ready. Things like lots of color and playdough, finger exercises, even teaching the kids to snap their fingers works the muscles they need. Here are some pictures of the kids getting a little crazy with their 'dough, and other fun things.