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1 Movement Anchors Learning! S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K helps get kids ready to learn by providing the foundation for brain and body readiness. What is S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K? Brains and bodies ready to learn Foundation for basic readiness Fun physical activities Active brain stimulation Pre-K Teacher Tested and Approved! Mahube Head Start Anoka-Washington Head Start Attended adapted workshop Had adapted S.M.A.R.T. guide Received intensive on-site mentoring Reported children learned faster, more focused, concentrated better 1&

2 Overview of S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Playground Classroom Gross Motor Is there a need for S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K? Integrate latest brain research with teaching Based on a developmental profile Connection between the central nervous system and instruction Children come to school unprepared to learn Learning Readiness and School Readiness When my brain and body are mature I can LEARN! Letters Printing Counting Rhyming Following directions School Readiness Learning Readiness skills must be automatic! Eye Movements = Read smoothly across page Balance and Body Coordination = Sit still in chair Auditory Discrimination = Hear differences in sounds Learning Readiness 2&

3 S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Foundations 1. Brain Stem vs. Cortex 2. Frequency, Intensity and Duration 3. Movement Anchors Learning Brain Stem vs. Cortex The brain stem controls the coordination of subconscious motor activity The cortex controls the coordination of conscious motor activity S.M.A.R.T. activates the brain stem, where learning readiness skills are developed. Frequency, Intensity and Duration How often Frequency How big, bold, bright, etc. How long Frequency 3&

4 Feedback Loop Child&Processes& Informa2on Child s&performance Output Teacher s&instruc6on Frequency7Intensity7Dura2on Instruction Give s: Introduce Demonstrate Model Guidance (Physical) Instruction (Verbal) Teach Elaborate Show Tell Explain Present Read Look/Listen Correct View Observe Describe Define Rehearse Point Out Train Trace Feel/Touch Summarize Instruction Think in terms of... SAY THIS: This is an A. NOT THAT: What is this? A This is an A. Let s Airplane Write it in the air. 4&

5 Ways to Intensify Teaching Circle Time Flashlight or Laser Pointer Make it a movement! Use visuals Engage all senses Concept Cards Movement Anchors Learning Movement improves the ability to concentrate Movement matures the body and brain Essentially, our bodies NEED to move in order to learn HOW to be still. Increases dendrite branching = more connections Promotes myelination = faster connections Brings glucose and oxygen = brain food Movement Breaks Helicopter Spins Jumping Jacks Helicopter Spins Cross Pattern Marching Streamers with Music Creeping to Music Dance! Movement breaks help kids focus better during instruction. 5&

6 Why teachers like S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K All children benefit Movement with a purpose This is FUN! Integrates into curriculum Cost effective Mentoring support available Results - Seeing is believing! S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Activities Helicopter Spins Primary purpose: to encourage body awareness. Arms extended in a T Spin for 15 seconds Stop for 15 seconds Stand tall when stopped Classroom Relevance: Children sit still & remain seated Understanding of left & right Reading from left to right S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 35 6&

7 Jumping and Hopping Primary purpose: to encourage development of the proprioceptive system. Classroom Relevance: Sit properly Use proper amount of force Hopscotch Use variations of hopping or jumping Rebounder Use with Learning Ladders S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide pages 42 & 44 Cross Patterning Primary purpose: to encourage use of both sides of the brain and midline development. Touch right hand to left knee Then left hand to right knee Repeat! Classroom Relevance: same neural connections used to read, write, spell, math S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 59 More ways to Cross the Midline S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 59 7&

8 Rainbow Tracing Primary purpose: to integrate vision with the motor system to reproduce complex patterns. Classroom relevance: Eye-hand coordination is the motor component for learning language. S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K MORE Guide page 97 S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Course Let s try S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K! Slap Track Develops: Eye Movements Coordination Depth Perception S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 50 8&

9 Learning Ladders Shapes and Patterns Counting Letter Colors Emotions Develops: Eye-hand Coordination Automatic recall of content on ladder A B C D E S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K MORE Guide page 108 Balance Beam Develops: Balance Skills Coordination S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 40 Tactile Trackers Develops: Eye Movements Fine Motor S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K CORE Guide page 64 9&

10 Free Creep S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Results Positive effect on early cognitive development early literacy skills learning readiness Prepared children for kindergarten S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K children performed better on a majority of tests. IGDI end of the year test scores were higher than comparison Fall to spring improvement scores on IGDI were better than comparison Scores for both IGDI and Brigance tests at both sites compared favorably to national norms No Evidence of Fade When followed into Elementary Head Start/S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K children were ready to learn upon entering Kindergarten. Head Start/S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K children continued to learn at levels expected of all children in subsequent grades. Performances at the normative level of Head Start/S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K continued through Grade Two. 10&

11 Include Movement Every Day Crawling Creeping Rolling Spinning Jumping/Hopping activities Balance activities Cross Pattern activities Helping children and adults reach their highest potential Find current workshop information and sign up for our e-newsletter at: Twitter handle Pinterest A Chance To Grow 11&

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