HOW S.M.A.R.T. ARE WE?
Franklin Elementary staff welcomes all of the wonderful students and families back to school. We also want to thank all of you for a fantastic start to our 2021-2022 school year. We are proud and excited to continue to offer S.M.A.R.T at Franklin Elementary. Mrs. Perko continues to promote, sustain and expand this program in our District. Thank you, Mrs. Perko!
S.M.A.R.T stands for Stimulating Maturity Through Accelerated Readiness Training. We work on the development in the brainstem that helps brains and bodies be great learners. SPINNING: Spinning encourages a child’s body awareness which helps the child sit still and remain seated in their chairs. It helps produce a calmer, more focused child. CROSSING MIDLINE: When children do this activity, they are using both sides of their brain to coordinate smooth controlled complex movements. They need that crossing over daily for reading, writing, and even tying shoelaces. CREEP TRACK: The purpose of the creep track is to develop balance, depth perception, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, and eye teaming. Students love doing all of these movement activities. These are just a few of the movement activities that we do in S.M.A.R.T that stimulate our brains and bodies.
Ms. Kuoppala’s 3rd grade class at Franklin read the story, “Ferdinand” – a great story about a bull who got picked for the Cultural Event of Bullfighting.