S.M.A.R.T. Spaces 9/17

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! 

With this fundamental movement, the brain stem is highly stimulated and sensory systems are called to attention and actively engaged. The foundation of learning readiness is being attended to, both sides of the brain are being integrated, and neural connections are being formed. Therefore, we re-visit this all-important movement to boost your students’ success. And we do this right at the beginning of the school year to allow for frequency, intensity, and duration.

Here is a quick reminder of what you are looking for:

  • Stay low (chest and chin down)
  • Arms REACH out
  • Push with side of foot/toe

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.

References: 
S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE guide pages 47-49
S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum Guide pages 66-69