Are you noticing your students moving quickly across the Balance Beam? This means they are ready for a new challenge! When your students are ready for a challenge on the Balance Beam, but you haven’t had time to prep a change, have them stop and do a Flamingo Pose on the beam or have them close their eyes as they walk forward. Yes, it can be THAT simple!
Here's why: after you've given your student's brains and our bodies several opportunities to experience Balancing Activities with eyes open, you can increase the intensity of the stimulation by having your students close their eyes. Try it yourself! Stand on one foot for 5 seconds with your eyes open, then try it again with your eyes closed. Taking away the visual input engages the Vestibular system and naturally increases the intensity, it's really that simple!
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher this month is actually One S.M.A.R.T. Director, Betty from New Ulm!
Her advice is “Keep Balance Simple.” She shared that while talking with her team, they noticed that this year the students were struggling on the Balance Beam because they weren’t ready for changes yet. So they quickly changed their approach and brought back the yardstick balance beams.
Did your child spend enough time on their tummy as an infant? Did you know that Tummy Time helps develop the foundation for many important skills they need to be a successful learner? Check out some of the other skills Tummy Time helps to develop.
Your child may benefit from spending more time on their tummy so here are just a few ideas of how you can do it at home: