As we have been talking to educators, many have shared they don’t have space in their rooms for Pencil Rolling due to social distancing and we have run into that problem when helping educators set up S.M.A.R.T. Courses in their spaces. One of the first S.M.A.R.T. Activities we find space for is Pencil Rolling because it takes up the most room.
With the new year, you might be ready to switch up your S.M.A.R.T. Course, so start by finding the area in the room with the most space (keep in mind the children are going to keep growing!). When possible, we use the group time area because that is generally where there is the most open room. If that isn’t possible, consider adjusting the placement of different activities. For example, having the children Alligator Crawl under a table may open up some area in the room for Pencil Rolling. Also, Alligator Crawl and Creep (Slap) Track take up less room than Pencil Roll, so those S.M.A.R.T. Activities can be placed in narrower spaces like isles or walkways.