Walkabouts Online Platform (1 year subscription up to 4 students)
Our kinesthetic learners are those students who solve problems or create by moving their bodies. This is also the learning style most overlooked in the classroom but can be accommodated at home. All kids can benefit from an activity break during their lessons. Walkabouts combine an activity break with a lesson! Getting kids up and moving increases brain plasticity, and it's fun!
Each Walkabout lasts 7-10 minutes and starts with a peppy song. Students watch them on a computer or tablet. You have a happy little animated host (Jax or Gia) guiding you through the lesson, as you walk, hop, march, jump, squat, gallop, and more! There is a lot of following directions, which is always helpful to learn. As questions come up on the screen, children answer by moving their bodies. For example, in a lesson about irregular plural nouns, the screen shows the word "fish" at the top of the screen with "fishes" to the lower left and "fish" to the lower right. Students show the right answer by doing a log roll jump (a double hop with a sideways jump) in the direction of the correct answer. Then they move the single noun to the middle of the screen with an answer above and below. Students do a jumping jack for the top answer, and a squat for the bottom answer. It is really cute!
Getting started is a breeze. We mail you a paper with your access code and you are in! The teacher dashboard has 5 buttons. Only five! Most of you will use the big green button more than the others. It is where you create the Walkabout. All you do is select a grade level (PK, K, 1 or 2) then choose a math or ELA/Reading standard and that is it! The standards are written out and list a skill, so even if you are not required to meet any of these specifically, you can choose a skill to practice. I found the lessons reinforce, rather than introduce, concepts. You can choose from Headstart, Common Core, Nat'l Assoc for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or your specific state's standards. You can have a single student use this or a group doing it together and even assesses individual student's comprehension (up to 4 individuals.) A homeschooling parent can assign a Walkabout and give it to a student to practice certain skills. It is so quick and easy to use! I liked the option of printing out a worksheet to go with the lesson. They cleverly call these walksheets. I know a worksheet means sitting down with a pencil, but after taking an activity break, it is way to hold a student accountable for their activity and assess their comprehension. If you have an ADD/ADHD child, activity breaks are especially useful in helping them focus and learn. The ease of use and the quality of activities, along with an affordable price for a 1 year subscription all make Walkabouts a good option for parents and classroom teachers. ~ Sara
Walkabouts are web-based adventures that transform math, language arts, and reading concepts into movement-rich educational activities for PreK through second grade students. A year-long subscription to the Walkabouts platform includes access to more than 200 lessons, supporting PDF worksheets, and an online assessment tool.
What is so exciting about the 7 to 10 minute Walkabouts? Walkabouts:
Bring traditional lessons to life through physical activity.
Engage kinesthetic learners and those with ADHD.
Increase academic achievement and promote cognition.
Support national and state standards.
Are multisensory lessons that are created online, on demand.