This information is from Josh Orpen, Americorps VISTA. On a personal basis, I can attest to this. My daughter benefited from visual motor coordination training. That was almost 25 years ago. Once she made certain connections, she prospered. I’m pleased to see that this program is alive and prospering.
The S.M.A.R.T. Curriculum
(Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training)
Movement is the key to healthy development. In a world dominated by television, computers, and video games, children are spending more time sitting down, indoors, and staring at video screens than ever before. At the same time, more children are being diagnosed with learning disorders and developmental delays. The best way to keep brains sharp in the summer is to
stay physically active through S.M.A.R.T. activities.
Precluding Summer Slide
Young students who do S.M.A.R.T. activities in the summer months have a significantly greater chance of achieving success in school. This is because movement stimulates the brain stem and develops readiness skills, such as body awareness, coordination, and functional vision, that are crucial to classroom learning. Students who do not reach this level of
developmental maturity often have difficulty sitting still, paying attention, and understanding and recalling information. They need a variety of fun activities to increase neurological activity and stimulate maturity.
A Chance To Grow, Communications Coordinator
Minnesota Learning Resource Center
1800 2nd St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Learn more about the Minnesota Learning Resource Center at www.themlrc.org