Movement & Yoga
Movement is fully integrated into our environment. The sensitive period for refinement and coordination of movement is from 2.5 to 6 years of age. Children use movement to calm their bodies and become re-centered and focused.
Walking on the line: Through this activity, children develop motor control, balance, coordination, and body and spatial awareness. It also helps unfold inner discipline and refine listening skills. During this activity, children walk, tip toe, run, gallop, skip and march carefully and gracefully on an ellipse on the floor to rhythmic music. There are many extensions to this activity. Children also Learn to balance on the balance beam carrying objects such as a bell, water, or beanbags.
Yoga: Yoga is part of our normal work day. While yoga cards and a yoga mat is available to the children to use at anytime of the day, we also have a dedicated time every week for a more structured group yoga lesson. This time is used not only for exercise, but also to teach children to maintain a calm spirit.
Creative Movement: During group time, children play games that incorporate exercise, creative problem solving, rhythm, teamwork, sensory integration, and body awareness.