S’cool Moves Have Come to Madison!
Kids at Madison Primary School and Waverly Yowell Elementary School are energizing their brains by moving their bodies! Students from Pre-K to 5th grade are using S’cool Moves to calm down, focus, improve their reading and writing, and study everything from spelling words to history facts… and they are having fun doing it!
S’cool Moves is composed of research-based routines and strategies that are integrated with academic techniques to increase focus, improve academic stamina, elevate reading skills, and support regulation of the nervous system. S’cool Moves access the prefrontal cortex and increase retention of learned information and provide the means to teach students HOW to focus rather than just TELLING them to focus.
This past October, Rebecca Lewis (MPS) and Jes Henshaw (WYES) attended a two day conference October presented by Dr. Debra Em Wilson, the co-founder of S’cool Moves. Both teachers immediately began implementing the routines and strategies with their students and soon introduced them to the staff at both schools. The strategies and routines were well received since they filled a need to teach the WHOLE student and meet ALL needs, especially students with Tier 2 and 3 academic and behavior concerns.
Lewis and Henshaw are grateful to have receive a $1000 grant from MCEF to buy additional materials for students in MPS and WYES. The grant allowed both schools to have more Routine and Strategy posters and numerous tier 2 and 3 reading strategy materials. Dr. Wilson also helped the schools by donating an additional $600 of materials! And since these materials are all reuseable, these routines and strategies can continue to be implemented for years to come.
Below are some pictures of students using S’cool Moves. A S’cool Moves Bulletin Board in WYES entryway lets students and visitors know about the strategies and try out different ones!