This is an awesome resource for hundreds of breathing activities, games, stretching and crafts. Kids typically cringe when you tell them to take a deep breath, but if you do it in a playful manner, kids are all game. It is important to keep learning "fun" and this resource makes it possible to turn any concept into a playful learning experience. You can also purchase my Monkey Yoga Cards that accompany Rooted Elements. I hope you enjoy!
Rooted Elements is a thematic naturalistic guide for teachers to design engaging active lessons. It serves as a tool to address emotional and/or physical struggles for individuals or whole groups as they relate to the element characteristics. The practice is designed around earth, water, fire or air qualities while teaching about a specific theme. The lessons are geared towards teaching in an open space without desks and can be taught to all students, including students struggling with behavioral and/or academic challenges and need interventions.
Rooted Elements is practical and easy to use. It provides a foundation for teachers to be creative and inspirational with their lessons. There are hundreds of engaging games and activities flowing from places of stillness to high energy. This curriculum naturally fosters a reduction in student anxiety and stress while building self-confidence and a sense of well-being. It is geared towards creating positive relationships with ourselves, each other and our environment. The focus embodies being part of a whole intricate process and not separating ourselves from the web of life. The sample lessons have an intention of listening and learning from the plants, animals and natural phenomena that surround us because our world will teach us everything we need to know if we allow it.
The principles of Rooted Elements are centered in an eclectic yoga philosophy including the earth elements, animal totems and Reiki to help center the self. Some Sanskrit (an ancient language associated with India) terms are provided and explained throughout the text. A basic lesson wheel and outline is provided with several ideas to fill in the blanks, which allow the teacher to create a meaningful practice driven by intention and categorized by element features. Sample lessons are provided to exemplify the basic concept of the program. Rooted Elements promotes respect, coordination, and self-confidence while nourishing the mind, body and spirit.
All the components of this curriculum nurture the “whole” child in the process of learning.