You could also try this version using duct tape if you’re unable to find the holiday rulers.
Your students will think you totally rule when you add this variation to your S.M.A.R.T. Space!
S.M.A.R.T. at Home
Ever wonder how to get your children to sit in their chairs for the full duration of a meal? Remaining seated can be a real challenge for young children, and here is why: stillness is the highest form of movement. Our bodies do not understand how to remain still automatically, rather, the must experience a lot of movement to gain that understanding. Essentially, our bodies NEED to move in order to learn HOW to be still.
The S.M.A.R.T. Program uses purposeful movement to help build the endurance needed to be still. One specific activity that helps is the Balance Beam. Knowing most teachers (and homes) don’t have a Balance Beam we recommend using low tack tape to create a line for children to walk on with a heel to toe method.
This month, we suggest adding some charm by setting out some Valentine’s for children to “deliver” while they make their way down the beam.
Encourage your child to walk slowly to the basket (or Valentine’s box), stop to deliver the Valentine, and then proceed on without stepping off the line.
Time Saving Tips
Learning Ladders are S.M.A.R.T. Activities cherished by teachers and students alike! Teachers appreciate folding their curriculum into the program and ladders are a great way to teach new material. The activity provides a fun way for students to get the extra “inputs” needed to master a skill or concept and they love moving while learning.
We recommend changing the content on Learning Ladders often, even every week. But WHO has time for that? Well…here is a Time Saving Tip that can help make this goal something every teacher can accomplish. Rather than making our ladders out of strips of construction paper or poster board we adhered magnets to the backside of the content, this month it is fun to use hearts.
We placed the hearts on a magnetic surface (think whiteboard, door frame, lockers) near the Rebounder.
That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher!
Those of you who are doing the S.M.A.R.T. Program in your classrooms will be tickled pink by this idea from an innovative educator! One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Courtney Theis, found her second graders were getting a bit bored with the S.M.A.R.T. Course around the perimeter of her classroom.
5) she changed the course when her students were getting bored
4) the taped lines tell her students where to crawl
3) she found more space to do the S.M.A.R.T. Program within her classroom
2) her students are developing their sense of midline when they slap the pink line while crawling
1) her students really enjoy crawling under the desks!
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide pages 47-49
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 66-68