Time Saving Tips - Sept. '22
Creating a music playlist can take a lot of time and feel very overwhelming. But, if you've been to a S.M.A.R.T. workshop, you KNOW how important it is to use music in the classroom. Music changes the mood of your classroom because it affects the nervous system. Music can bring on the "feel good" brain chemicals, raise or lower the heartbeat or blood pressure, and reduce anxiety!
Use music to set the mood as students enter the classroom, and we love the idea of having fun, upbeat music playing to greet them. Or Leslie in North Carolina used music to indicate when it was time to clean up. She chose a song that was 2 minutes and encouraged students to have everything cleaned up before the song was over. PSST, this technique saves you time too! Use music during a brain break with flagging tape streamers! Remember, purposeful movement breaks like this save you time when you use them intentionally to get students' brains back on track.
In Wausau, One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher, Megan asked the S.M.A.R.T. Mentors to help her set up her room during a S.M.A.R.T. Workshop. There are many ways to set up a S.M.A.R.T. Course, so we hope this short video will inspire you as you set up your S.M.A.R.T. Course!
We set up the room as a way for the students to enter the room during morning arrival or after lunch while Megan is checking folders or helping students, which is why the students can go to their table spots after the last Creep Track. Megan can easily add Cross Patterning from the last Creep Track to Alligator Crawl to make a continuous circuit.
Is there anything more beautiful than freshly printed Creep Track Cards? Start the 2022-23 school year with new Creep Track cards. Remember to keep it SIMPLE; use review information on the cards because the Creep Track is a vision activity! Creep Track = Review
This month we're sharing our Ten-Frame and Domino Dot numbers 1-20. You can print off multiples of two numbers and put them in an AB pattern for lower grades or upper grades; you might have the students count by 2s or 5s to 20.
Here are some more ideas and downloads for Creep Track Cards:
This year your child will participate in an exciting program called S.M.A.R.T., Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training. S.M.A.R.T. is a multi-sensory learning approach involving brain stimulation activities to help prepare your child to learn.
S.M.A.R.T. develops auditory, balance, visual, fine and gross motor readiness skills, which are all essential for classroom and academic success. S.M.A.R.T. Activities also improve your child's physical strength, coordination and ability to pay attention. Once these readiness skills are in place, your child will have the foundation necessary to succeed in school!
S.M.A.R.T. Activities will be integrated into the daily classroom schedule in a fun and positive way to help your child reach their learning potential.