Awesome Kids Yoga refers to Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) for our play-based learning program. Vygotsky believed that play promotes cognitive, social and emotional development in children and so do we! With this learning theory, social engagement and collaboration with others are the very thing that transforms a child’s thinking. They are the very thing we focus on when working with children. That and serving our children as individuals by getting to know them and their abilities, then building our classes around those needs.
What does this look like in class?
It looks like a party! We Play games, tell stories and let our imagination guide us through the poses. Our theory is that the learning is solidified when our students feel comfortable, understood and loved. We take time to get to know our students, we focus on building community then we build the classes to meet the needs of that community. We work together, we listen, we play, we explore, we learn.
All of our games and in class activities draw from our collective mindfulness training and individual experiences. Awesome Kids Yoga teachers have specific training in teaching mindfulness to children, all instructors are hold a minimum 200 hr. yoga certification in addition to the 25 hour Awesome Kids Yoga certification and are registered with a complete background check. Our lead teacher Daina holds an education in early childhood development and brings the aspects of her education into the curriculum she writes for our program.