Jessica, from Minneapolis, is incorporating Vision Activities into her small groups. She shared that while she is getting groups started at centers, the group at her center is doing Loop de Loos or Over and Unders. Jessica printed off the Winter Themed Loop De Loos and Overs and Unders (downloads available below). She placed them in sheet protectors so they can be used multiple times with dry erase markers and so her students can be independent while they wait for her.
Other teachers have informed us that they are doing Tactile Trackers or Wagon Wheels before small groups so that they can monitor their students. Check out the Vision Activities in your CORE and MORE Guides or Curriculum Guide for a variety of options to add into your small groups.
Pre-K CORE Guide pgs. 61-83
Pre-K MORE Guide pgs. 53-68
Curriculum Guide pgs. 141-179
Loop de Loo Winter (PDF)
Overs and Unders Winter (PDF)
Scanning Game Winter (PDF)
Steph, from Kasson-Mantorville, uses her Nutty Noodle to dismiss students at the end of the day.
She does this so she can watch their Visual Tracking and to prevent a traffic jam at the cubbies. Steph slowly moves her Nutty Noodle in a small circle, from side to side, up and down and diagonally. As she moves Nutty, she’s watching each student’s eyes to see if they are smoothly tracking the movement or if they are jumping. If she notices that a student’s eyes are jumping, she knows she can add in more Eye Movement Activities to her small groups to help her students develop the smooth eye movements necessary for reading.
Eye Movement Activities:
Pre-K CORE Guide pgs. 63-80
Curriculum Guide pgs. 148-158
As some transition to Distance Learning, it may feel like S.M.A.R.T. Vision Activities are going to fall by the wayside. EyeCanLearn.com is a website that provides eye exercises to promote visual health and school success. The website shares information on the importance of tracking, perception, teaming, and focusing. Eye Can Learn has examples of what a person with eye teaming difficulties might be seeing when they are trying to read. They have online exercises related to saccades, pursuits, visual discrimination, visual memory, visual closure, and visual forms.