Now that we have introduced all of our S.M.A.R.T. Core Floor Activities (Alligator Crawl, Balance Beam, Creep/Slap Track and Pencil Roll) we’re ready to lay out a course! As we design courses this year, wait spots are going to be crucial in helping maintain social distancing. In the past, we placed wait spots where there was a traffic jam, but this year, we recommend putting a wait spot between each activity. Wait spots can be marked with poly spots, Velcro spots or even a paper plate with Velcro on the back.
As we move into another month of Distance Learning, adding in purposeful movement to daily activities is becoming even more important. Movement is necessary in the growth and development of children because it helps build a stronger brain and supports emotional stability. However, not just ANY movement is beneficial. In the S.M.A.R.T. program, children are exposed to purposeful, specific movement designed to stimulate and mature areas of the brain necessary for academic success. As parents are at home helping their children with Distance Learning, it’s important to share the reasons behind the movements. We invite you to watch this video, S.M.A.R.T. in Action, to see an overview of the program.
If you don’t have access to the mats for Alligator Crawl that you usually use or balance beams, use the lines on the floor or painter’s tape. If you are the S.M.A.R.T. Teacher and are visiting a number of classrooms throughout the day, we suggest having a Creep/Slap Track for each room.
We are here to help, so continue to share your concerns throughout the year by completing our S.M.A.R.T. Teacher Survey. We look forward to supporting you on your S.M.A.R.T. journey this year.