Time Saving Tips 9/15

When planning a S.M.A.R.T. room you need to take in consideration how many students will be using the space.  An efficient S.M.A.R.T. program has all students actively engaged the whole time.  One of our S.M.A.R.T. recipes for a S.M.A.R.T. room has 8-10 stations of activities.
We recommend focusing on the CORE floor activities at the beginning and then build upon those when the students are ready for more.  When looking at your S.M.A.R.T. space find areas for Pencil Rolling, Creep/Slap Track, Alligator Crawling, and Balance Beams.  With a larger class of students, create two separate stations for Creep Tracks and Alligator Crawls.  A Balance Beam and one additional balance activity are also important to include.  A station of Learning Ladders with Rebounder would be a good addition to the S.M.A.R.T. room at the beginning of the year.  If you are not able to have a Rebounder, the student can toss/catch a ball, cross pattern, or jump/hop while reading the Learning Ladder material.
An effective way to spend the first couple of days in the classroom is to teach 2-3 specific floor activities. The Alligator Crawl, Balance Beam are great to introduce on day 1 with review of those same activities on day 2. On day 3 introduce Creep/Slap Track and Pencil Roll and remember to review those two on day 4. When teaching the activities at the beginning of the year, spend the time talking about the activity, modeling it for the students, and allowing time for everyone to practice. Educators have found that teaching one to two CORE floor activities at a time with the day after to practice is the easiest way to introduce more stations.