When teaching yoga and mindfulness I try to reach everyone. We all have different ways of learning.
Some of us are physical learners, social learners, visual learners, aural learners, verbal learners, logical learners and solitary learners.... we all learn differently so my hope is to get everyone interested in learning and exploring the same topic.
I recently taught a group of children about finding and pressing our pause button. I started with a conversation about what it means to pause and when would it be helpful to pause in our life.
The children’s answers included pausing to help fall asleep, pausing to not hit/yell at a sibling, pausing when feeling stressed/overwhelmed/confused, pausing before a big swim competition, pausing before tests...etc.
Then we practiced belly breath with our hands on our bellies to notice how it felt to pause and breathe for one minute.
After some warm ups I taught them eagle pose. When I teach eagle I use my foot to press my pause button- when I’m feeling wobbly, unbalanced, unfocused, I put my foot down, press my pause button, and lift it when I’m ready to unpause. We practice together placing our foot down, pausing, feeling stable, then unpausing. We say it out loud together- pause, unpause, pause, unpause. Then we all practice on our own and choose how we want to express our arms.
We end with progressive muscle relaxation- we tense our muscles, pause and feel the tension, and then relax our muscles pause and feel what a relaxed muscle feels like. By the end of class each child had at least one way to practice pausing (breath, body, mind) and could name a time they plan to practice it.
If I have enough time we draw about our experience after.
Let’s think about all the different ways humans learn and adapt our teaching to meet all learning needs.
***OUR LESSONS ARE ADAPTABLE TO SUIT YOUR CHILD*** This is the reason I didn’t go into Franchising and instead created a curriculum that was meant to be adaptable!! Every child is different and so will their learning style be different. Let’s celebrate that together ❤️ #babybrainconnections
Guys! We have been trying out some manipulatives by @readingcorneronline. The kids are loving these hands-on activities. They don’t even know they are learning, practicing and re-enforcing numbers, colors and following a sequence. This is particularly good for my kiddos as we have different learning styles. Visual - they are seeing the colorful images ✅ Auditory - they are hearing the sequence ✅ Kinesthetic - they are using their hands to create ✅ AND it’s kinda brilliant using ice cream sundaes because what kid doesn’t like ice cream!
Surprise! That wasn't dancing! That was acting out the story. Here's one way you can engage that child who has trouble sitting still, but really wants to be involved! The child who needs more structure can read/recite the story and the child who needs to engage more 'freely' can assist with their own expression of what they hear.
There was a little girl who got into trouble because she was always restless in class. She would shake her legs, get up and walk around and could not keep still and pay attention for more than 5 minutes. The teacher called her mother in and told her there was something wrong with her daughter.
The mother took the girl to a doctor to see what was ‘wrong’ with her. During the consultation, he asked to speak to the mother privately, then he turned on the radio as they left the room. They watched as the little girl got up and danced.
The doctor said: “There is nothing wrong with your daughter. She is a dancer.”
Later, when the mother enrolled her daughter in a dance school, the little girl exclaimed: “Finally, people like me! They have to move to think.” The girl grew up to become Dame Gillian Lynne, a famous British Ballerina, Theatre Director and Choreographer of World Renowned musical ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Imagine if the mother and daughter had accepted the label that ‘something was wrong’ with her daughter, just because she did not fit into the ‘normal’ school system. She may have grown up thinking she was useless and would never have had the opportunity to realise her fullest potential and gifts.
So parents and teachers, always remember that each child is born with unique gifts and each child is destined to be amazingly successful… our job is to help them find it!
culled from Adam Khoo
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This is me trying to teach my 10 year old math today! 🤣 Haha! 😂 He doesn't think he needs to follow the rules or write anything down. He also thinks he knows it all already, but then he doesn't know how to get the answers because he tries to do it his own way, & ends up trying to do everything by counting it in his head. When he actually listened to me & wrote down the problems, he got almost all of them right. Go figure! :)
All faiths are based in Love. Earth offers us varieties of everything. Why should this be any different with having a variety of faiths/religions?
Earth has a vast variety of flowers. You get to choose which flower you love. This does not make the other flowers any less beautiful. They were all created the same. Humans come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colour. You are beautiful. You are no more beautiful than anyone else. We are all created the same.
We all have different learning styles. We acknowledge that in formal education and in every day life that we all process information differently. How we learn Love is going to be different as well. Makes sense that there should also be a variety of faiths/religions. You get to choose which faith. It doesn't make any one religion/faith better than the other.
Earth is a playground of variety. Open your minds. Variety was never meant for divisiveness. 🙏❤