Do your students use the Overhead Ladder?
We love what is happening in the S.M.A.R.T. room at Park Christian School in Moorhead, MN.
At the start of the year, each rung of the Overhead Ladder has a handprint on it. This is to help children see where to place their hand on the rung. It also assists in stimulating eye teaming. As students move rung to rung their eyes are turning inward together to see a single rung as they move forward.
Fast-forward to spring, and the Overhead Ladder now has a math component added in. As students move from rung to rung, they are reading numbers and counting.
Think about the age level of the students you are working with. What kinds of concepts might you add to this activity?
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide page 76
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Program Guide 57
S.M.A.R.T. at Home
Sidewalk chalk can be a magical and affordable tool for summer play. How can you use sidewalk chalk to have some outdoor S.M.A.R.T. fun? We have several ideas for you!
From simple jumping and hopping activities to practicing spelling and math facts, you can engage your child in outdoor play and learning.
Ideas for 3s, 4s, and 5s
With the help of your child, make circles and color them in. Encourage your child to hop to the different colors you call out.
You could draw a letter or a number in the circle and practice letter or number recognition. Just call out a letter and have them hop to it!
We loved watching this in action as each first grader went through this station. It was one of the best student-direct vision stations we have seen! Great addition to this activity Jenny!
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide page 148
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Program Guide 64