This coming year my students will be in a 2nd/3rd grade combination class in a tiny Title 1 school. They will have to share attention between the 2 grade levels and their individual learning needs.
It will be the first year my 3rd graders will have to take the difficult state standardized test.
It won't be easy and they will need their own happy place to de-stress to succeed and lead themselves to mindfulness. My 2nd graders will have to increase their knowledge and skills to be prepared for the tests the following year.
Students will have a clean, individual place to sit and breathe in the garden, while practicing yoga. The mats will also help cushion knees and hands while in certain poses. The mats define students' personal space, so others don't get kicked/hit accidentally. With the mats, my students will become authentic yoga practitioners.
The mats and yoga will not only give my students the proper equipment to exercise comfortably, but also invaluable mindfulness to tackle life's conflicts and increase focus to learning.
Using our class set of mats, our yoga and mindfulness will lead us to knowledge, kindness and social justice throughout each school year.
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