The program is unique in that numerous developmental domains are targeted: gross motor [skills], listening skills, following directions, music appreciation, expressive language, self-regulation, and social-emotional development.
Worcester, MA (PRWEB) February 16, 2012
Ivy Child International, a nonprofit that practices cross-cultural positive psychology to help children, families and communities across the globe, is expanding its kids yoga and mindfulness curriculum due to an enthusiastic response by school administrators and parents in the community.
The current 16-week certificate program at SALMON Center for Early Education, Worcester, MA just completed its first month to astute appreciation. “The program is unique in that numerous developmental domains are targeted within one lesson. Gross motor [skills], listening skills, following directions, music appreciation, expressive language, self-regulation and social-emotional development are incorporated into the 60-minute [classes],” states Shirley Sherman, the Center's Director.
America Young, yoga instructor, conducts the music and movement portion of the class, during which nature and animal poses are the most popular. Rose Pavlov, positive child specialist, facilitates the mindfulness portion. Techniques like Pavlov’s Calming Hands™ and the Feelings Chart™ assist children with controlling stress triggers and identifying the most nuanced, complex emotions.
Ms. Sherman explains, “By having America and Rose work along side the teaching staff […] we are expecting [the] children to spend less time reacting to their emotions and more time managing their emotions, which will allow them to be [fully] engaged in activities and in learning.”
This is the first installment of the Ivy Star Certificate Series™ premier programs to be launched in 2012. The other two programs, Bullying Prevention and Multicultural and Music Education, focus on cultivating compassion and cross-cultural understanding in schools, afterschool programs, and community centers.
For details on programs and private classes: http://ivychild.org/programs/
To schedule an interview with Rose Pavlov, please e-mail: rpavlov(at)ivychild(dot)org.