The Proprioceptive System helps to understand where the body is in space, how much force is needed and how to time movements. That means, it’s the body’s ability to maintain just enough muscle contraction to remain seated in a chair. As children are developing this important system, they may have difficulty with motor planning, motor control, postural instability and grading movement.
Michelle from LaCrosse encourages her students to stay low and GO by having her students Alligator Crawl under a low table. By placing something over the Alligator Crawl, Michelle’s students have to keep their chest and chin down.
If you don’t have a table, use cones with pool noodles or yardsticks.
Spending time Belly Crawling (or Alligator Crawling) helps develop many skills used at home and at school.
These are just a few of the benefits of Belly Crawling.
When changing up your S.M.A.R.T. course, put in 2 places to Alligator Crawl (& Creep!). Notice how this school put in 2 places to Alligator Crawl on rainbow mats.
Crawling on Hands and Knees (also known as Creeping) provides the important foundation for many skills:
These are just a few of the many skills Crawling on Hands and Knees develops.
Mrs. Russell is our October One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher! When you visit her Teachers Pay Teachers store, notice how she starts the year with simple Creep Track cards and as the year goes, she increases the complexity, but continues to make sure they are review material. Her beginning of the year bundle has simple shapes, colors and letters.