If you don’t have a lot of space, finding places to Alligator Crawl can seem overwhelming. In smaller classrooms, teachers have students crawl under tables or desks. Crawling under or through things naturally encourages children to stay low.
Having a simple S.M.A.R.T. course at home helps “get the wiggles out” and improves focus.
Take the course outside! Include many fun SMART activities you have learned thus far!
With the majority of playgrounds closed, find a hill to roll down!
How to: Household Item Balance Beam
Use painters tape to make Balance Beams at home. Start with straight lines, then change it up with a variety of shapes! Check out our S.M.A.R.T. at Home tip from January 2017.
Balance Beams are everywhere! Share a picture of where you walked a Balance Beam today!
It’s time to get outside! Share pictures of your Shadow Balance Beam with us!
A Parent's Guide to S.M.A.R.T. Activities at Home
We've heard from a number of teachers and parents looking for S.M.A.R.T. activities at home, and that's what we've been working on! Check back daily for great in-home activities and tips to share with your parents and students! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@achance2grow) for video demonstrations and more!
At school, an important part of your child’s S.M.A.R.T. course was the Slap Track. Your child’s teacher used it to review material, but you can use creeping as a movement break.
Slap/Creep Track in Action!
How do teachers add structured movement into their day? Here is a simple, but fun way, to add in movement while learning.
Do you remember building forts with blankets? Build a fort and work inside it today. Check out our Oct 2016 post about forts.
Link to: https://www.actg.org/smartnews/archives/10-2016
We recently rediscovered “Hide the Thimble,” make it S.M.A.R.T. by creeping to find the hidden object.
So, she created a card containing clever options and attached it to her school lanyard. With a set of S.M.A.R.T. Switch-a-roos within reach, Nicole is able to tackle transitions without trouble AND her students benefit from the added stimulation her creative card carries. She has kindly shared her creation with you! Find the download here.
One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher Stephanie Umberger, from La Crosse, knows it doesn't have to take a lot of time or energy to create a fun theme in her S.M.A.R.T. program. The students in her 4K program love when she changes up the course by adding two or three themed items. This month, she has shapes in one Slap/Creep Track and hearts in a repeating color pattern in the other. While fun for her students, we think this is great way to increase the number of inputs of the shape!
Grandparents (& Aunties and Uncles!) love getting homemade Valentine’s and children love making them. Here are some fun S.M.A.R.T. Fine Motor ideas for you to try with your child at home. Utilizing your child’s fine motor muscles by requiring him/her to isolate his/her pointer finger and thumb strengthening these muscles which help with handwriting, buttoning, and zipping.
Mosiac Hearts have your child rip scraps of paper into small pieces, then glue them onto a page on which you have drawn a heart.
Pipe Cleaner Hearts have your child string several beads onto a pipe cleaner. Connect the two ends of the pipe cleaner together and twist to secure. Finally, bend the pipe cleaner into a heart shape. You can use Valentine colors if you like, but we love other variations too!
Happy Hearts have your child gather odds and ends from your craft area (feathers, beads, sequence, etc). Cut hearts out of construction paper or use foam hearts from the craft store. Using school glue, have you child adhere the items making a face onto the hearts.
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide pages 42-43
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 61
We only have eyes for you! Or perhaps your students will when you add this fun vision tracker to your S.M.A.R.T. routine this February.
Download our heart maze template and print it onto card stock. Next, you can create a track by:
Once done (and dry in the case of glue) add a small ball or marble. Your students will track the ball as it rolls through the maze. Doing so will help to mature their vision system which will impact their reading skills. Who wouldn’t love that?
The Inspired Treehouse inspired us we hope you feel inspired too!
Heart Maze Vision Tracker (PDF)
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K MORE Guide pages 64-65
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 149-150