HOP on POP can be your thematic addition to the Rebounder! Your students can be jumping and calling out rhyming words. Younger students can use pictures of rhyming words on a Learning Ladder while older students can be reading word families.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 can make for a fun addition to your Tactile Trackers. Simply print a photo of the characters, trace the outer edge for a nice thick line, add a tactile component for your younger students (we used dots of school glue) and trace these favorite characters! Don’t forget to reteach your students that they must trace with their left eye covered, then the right eye covered, and finally with both eyes open. Three times for smooth eye movement practice!
Downloads for these materials can be found in our Time Saving Tips section.
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Program Guide page 40, 44, 50-53, 64
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K MORE Program Guide page 108
S.M.A.R.T. at Home
March is a month when classrooms are often filled with whimsical Dr. Seuss activities. At home try a fun one inspired by his classic Green Eggs and Ham. This fun balance activity only requires a wooden spoon, a plastic egg, and some space.
Time Saving Tips
We provided a lot of suggestions for concepts to review in your Slap Track and Creep Track this month during our nod to Dr. Seuss. We know how little time teachers have in prepping those materials so we have done it for you!
Students were monkeys from the book If I Ran the Zoo as they went across rung by rung. Above the Overhead Ladder, you notice six books written by Dr. Suess. This served as the items for students to focus on for the Near/Far Focus activity. Students sat at a distance in a chair and pulled out smaller flashcards with images of the book covers. While covering one eye, students would look at the small image on the card at near point and then shift focus to far point and find the matching book cover. This process of shifting focus from near to far point would be repeated with the other eye covered, then both eyes open. This activity is designed to develop and strengthen our visual focusing ability.
The Green Eggs and Ham station had children sitting on a mat and looking at a chart on the wall. They took an “egg”, unifex cube, and placed it in the egg carton next to them. Students used the color charts on the wall to copy the pattern in the egg carton.
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Program Guide page 40, 47, 57, 59, 84
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide page 51, 66, 76, 78, 166