Time Saving Tips
The end of the year is in sight! Still, it is important to change out your S.M.A.R.T. Vision Trackers to keep your students engaged. We know you’re short on time, so we’ve made a few simple spring vision mazes for you to download, print, and use with your students.
You will find four different mazes all with the same 3 colors so it’s easy to give directions as you monitor the students. (Remember to have students cover one eye and trace the first color, then cover the other eye and trace the second color, and finally trace the third color with both eyes open. Another Time Saving Tip: we’ve included a download for that too!) We’ve created two Spring, two rhyming, and two open-ended mazes so you add your own content!
Here are some fun ways to help your child develop vision skills at home:
Sometimes we educators can get a little tripped up when creating new cards for the Creep/Slap Track. Because it is the end of the year we feel that we have to TEACH all day long and forget the Creep/Slap Track is a vision activity. (That’s why this month’s S.M.A.R.T. Spaces includes a free download too! We’re sharing Creep/Slap Track cards to help you through a busy end of the year.)
Remember, the cards in Creep/Slap Track are there to direct the movement of the eyes from side to side, this helps stimulate the brain and build the eye movements needed for reading. So, remember, the cards in the pockets of the Creep/Slap Track must be review information! If a student cannot read the material simply tell them to gently slap the card with their hand.
Off with the lights, on with sight word review! One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Michelle at Southern Bluffs Elementary, uses the Basic Vision activity to boost her students' sight word knowledge and vision skills. When she turns the light on, she reads the word on the page and when the light goes off, the students repeat the word.
This may seem like a reading task, but Michelle knows by pairing it with Basic Vision, she is helping to develop her students’ vision systems too. When she turns the light on, the lens in the eye bends and when she turns the light off, the lens relaxes. This S.M.A.R.T. Activity builds flexibility and endurance of the focusing system, critical for reading up close AND shifting focus from the board to the desk repeatedly.
Michelle is also One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher because she wrote her 100 sight words in sets of 25 on different colored paper so she can easily keep track of how many cycles she’s done. On Monday she reads the 25 words on the blue paper, on Tuesday she reads the 25 words on the green paper, on Wednesday she reads the 25 words on the yellow paper, on Thursday she reads the 25 words on the white paper, and on Friday she lets the students pick which words to read.