Is S.M.A.R.T. starting to lose a bit of its excitement? Maybe the load of demands is taking a toll and you need a bit of fun to motivate your S.M.A.R.T. time.
Sometimes, a little creative twist is just the thing to keep students interested and engaged. Two of the S.M.A.R.T. programs' most passionate alums know just what to do. Amber and Sara are early childhood professionals from Pulaski, WI, who have been incorporating S.M.A.R.T. activities into the classroom environment for many years. To add a little excitement, they like to sprinkle in some thematic content to a few activities. Amber and Sara use children’s literature to inspire what new and exciting twists can be added to core activities. For example, when reading the classic The Mitten, these two creative educators will have their students walk across a Balance Beam and pick up mittens along the way. The Slap Track will have different colored mittens in the pockets. How about creating a “snowy path” to navigate through? Proprioceptive input is encouraged during a game where students move around like different animals. The student pictured below was flying like a bat.* How fun to encourage moving in new ways!