S.M.A.R.T. at Home 9/17
"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.
A recent article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “A child’s day-to-day experiences affect the structural and functional development of his or her brain, including his or her intelligence and personality. Children begin to learn to regulate their emotions, solve problems, express their feelings, and organize their experiences at an early age and then use those skills when they arrive at school.”*
Recognizing that real learning and brain development depends on rich experiences and fundamental movement, S.M.A.R.T. is a program that brings brain stimulating, developmentally rich movement activities into the classroom in fun and active ways. S.M.A.R.T. targets the learning readiness skills necessary for a student’s academic success. Implementing S.M.A.R.T. for 20-30 minutes a day gives your child the “brain boost” they need for continued learning. Ask your child’s teacher to share some of the activities with you and encourage your child to show you some of the movements at home!
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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