Think back to your S.M.A.R.T. workshop. What is the very first activity we encouraged you to teach your students? The Alligator Crawl!
Refer to your guide for specific instructions on the Alligator Crawl.
Want to know more about the importance of crawling? The linked article, Why Babies Should Not Skip the Crawling Phase, contains excellent information on the benefits of crawling.
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE guide pages 47-49
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 66-69
S.M.A.R.T. at Home
"Why is my child participating in the S.M.A.R.T. program?"
Learning does not begin in school nor does it start when a child becomes “school age”. Learning starts at birth and occurs in every setting and with every experience a child engages in.
We think you will enjoy this article “Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body” by mother and author, Laura Grace Weldon.
*Excerpt from Quality Early Education and Childcare from Birth to Kindergarten by Elaine A. Donoghue
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Time Saving Tips
Have you pulled out your Slap Track/Creep Track? Are your cards ready to go?
Don’t fall into the teacher trap and put in material that is too hard for your students! This can be especially challenging at the beginning of the school year because we are not always aware of the level at which our students are individually working. Keep it brain stem by keeping it simple.
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S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE guide pages 50-54
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 69-71
Duck Feet (PDF)
Paw Prints (PDF)
That's One S.M.A.R.T. Teacher!
S.M.A.R.T. teachers are always looking for budget friendly items to make and keep the program fun. It’s the beginning of the school year so dollar stores are brimming with back to school items that do the trick!
With road tape on wooden blocks, she created an instant Balance Beam. A big challenge with the Balance Beam is getting children to move slowly with a heel-to-toe walk. The road tape acts as a guide for the “cars”, their feet, to slowly maneuver along the track without falling off. Children can set up the blocks to be straight or add a turn here and there for an added challenge. Older children can try it backwards!