Students Get S.M.A.R.T. at Johnson Elementary School
It was S.M.A.R.T. time at Johnson School for kindergarten teacher, Tami Cline, and her students. Through S.M.A.R.T., Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training, students develop physiological and neurological readiness skills essential to classroom success. Students at Johnson School spend time in the S.M.A.R.T. room daily, and the benefits are numerous. According to Cline, “The activities help build visual skills, coordination and upper body strength.” Additional benefits include increased oxygen intake, development of eye movements and eye-hand coordination, balance, depth perception, motor planning, problem solving, and increased kinesthetic understanding of body in space.
Students who have not fully developed readiness skills often struggle with academics or behavior. S.M.A.R.T. helps children stay healthy while reaching their full academic potential. Cline said that students show growth from the beginning to the end of the year in each of the skills by participating in these activities daily.