S.M.A.R.T. Newsletter - Nov. '16
Creep Track and Slap Track cards must be changed out regularly to keep students interested and moving efficiently. We recommend changing cards every two weeks.
S.M.A.R.T. at Home
Children are built to move. Movement helps to build the endurance needed in order to be still. Encouraging movement at home through fun games and activities will help them develop the skills necessary to be successful learners at school.
Older children can stand and raise their knee up while cross patterning. They can practice weekly spelling words, math facts, or skip counting.
That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher!
Coming up with new cards for Slap Tracks and Creep Tracks might seem tricky. Edie from Park Rapids, MN and Nicole from Alden, MN both had a great idea to keep things fun. These educators used zip top bags as the pockets on their Slap Tracks!
Edie liked to fill the pockets with different textures of something tactile for the children to gently slap. She used hair gel, play dough, bubble wrap, glitter glue, etc. What did the children like best? A small squeaker from a dog toy!
This time of year, you can use this idea and have students collect leaves to put into this type of pockets for some new and novel tactile stimulation!