- Early Childhood
by Tabatha Kiely, Kindergarten Teacher
As a community, students and teachers at The Country School are learning about the Yoga 4 Classrooms program and incorporating elements into daily life. The program is focused on physical, social, emotional, and self-regulating strategies and skills, designed to foster well-being, resilience and lifelong learning.
"Yoga 4 Classrooms features 67 yoga and mindfulness-based activities, divided into six categories: Let’s Breathe, At Your Desk, Stand Strong, Loosen Up, Imagination Vacation, and Be Well. The program includes a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games. Wellness, positive psychology and character-building discussion points such as the power of positive thinking, nutrition, and being a peacemaker, address the whole child – physical, social and emotional, while improving learning-readiness... (It) helps to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly school day...and its benefits go well beyond the classroom. Yoga 4 Classrooms provides children with important skills they can use in and out of the classroom for lifelong health and well-being. "
The Kindergartners engage in these activities everyday after lunch and recess as a way to transition into our afternoon. We also have a yoga "center" now where students can go to practice their poses or strategies independently.