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Help me give my students a soft surface to do mobility for their joints while practicing mindfulness to create lifelong habits for healthier bodies and minds.
My students from the Central Valley area in California are part of the local Title I school district. Our school hosts children from a myriad of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and home lives. My goal is to help my students thrive in third grade, where they are ready to learn each day by being physically and mentally healthy, and safe.
Mindfulness is one way of many ways to help teach them how to cope when there are stressful things happening in their lives.
My students for the 2019-2020 school year are eager to be in class, and they have shown open-mindedness to learn new concepts. I want my students to feel safe, welcome and cared for each time they step into my classroom, like a second home.
I utilize restorative practices in my classroom such as restorative circles, which we do twice a week. When needed, I have used a restorative circle to solve conflicts in the classroom. Talking out solutions has been helpful in making sure that students learn from their actions, and understanding how they can be and do better.
I want to bring mobility to my classroom to teach my students the lifelong skill of keeping their joints healthy, thus lowering the overall risk of injury from doing any type of physical exertion/labor. I also want to use this as a time to incorporate mindfulness to help them understand how to ground themselves if they are panicking or anxious. As a Title I school, I know that some students are coming from places where the school is their safe haven, and they may not know how to cope with their trauma. Each student will be utilizing their yoga mat instead of the tile floor. This time on our mats will be used to discuss ways to cope with negative feelings, breathing exercises, and talking about growth mindset. Using this softer surface, they will do a series of movements that help prevent the risk of injury and/or assist in rehabilitating joints.
Students should have coping mechanisms for traumatic or anxiety-inducing experiences that they can continue to practice throughout their lives.
My goal is to give my students the chance to practice these mobility movements during the school year, and beyond third grade. This form of rehabilitation for joints and muscles will be helpful to students of all body types and athletic abilities. Practicing mindfulness will be beneficial for a healthier and happier mind. These assets can be carried with them for the rest of their lives.
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|Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Mr. G, 3mm • Amazon Business||$17.98||5||$89.90|
|Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Seahorse, 3mm • Amazon Business||$17.98||5||$89.90|
|Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Birdsong, 3mm • Amazon Business||$14.38||5||$71.90|
|Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Blue Rocket, 3mm • Amazon Business||$13.79||5||$68.95|
|Gaiam Kids Yoga Mat Exercise Mat, Yoga for Kids with Fun Prints - Playtime for Babies, Active & Calm Toddlers and Young Children, Ears, 3mm • Amazon Business||$17.99||3||$53.97|
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