This is an innovative program of combining yoga with emotional intelligence to help children grow stronger, overcome learning difficulties that relate to stress or self-esteem, and grow confidence. Children’s ability to relate and connect to others will improve; bullies will build empathy; timid children will stand up for themselves; and children will develop a strong moral character.
Each feature includes beautiful and original illustrations for children to read and enjoy. Reward cards and activities are included.
Each week your classroom can enjoy growing compassion, love and resilience in Monica’s ‘Virtue and Yoga pose of the week.’
This weeks Virtue and Yoga pose SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. When you believe in your capabilities, and believe you have the right to be treated with respect and kindness, you have high self-esteem.
If you believe you don’t really matter, or that it’s okay if people are unkind to you, then your self-esteem may be low.
People who have experienced difficulties can often experience low self-esteem, especially if they think the experience might have been their fault; that they are somehow to blame.
Children with low self-esteem may experience shame and blame, and adopt this mantra as their truth.
Children with high self-esteem understand that bad things happen, but they will be okay, it isn’t their fault, and they are still worthy and capable.
Self-esteem can vary and is capable of change at any age. Finding and seeking opportunities to acknowledge trust, faith, self-care, self-love and kindness in children will help them internalise these virtues and raise self-esteem.
When children raise their self-esteem they learn more easily, are kinder to others, and increase their ability to think outside the box (divergently).
Everyone deserves a chance to build self-esteem and build a happy life.
With high self-esteem and self-belief, you can set goals and realise your dreams
Our yoga pose of the week;
Victory pose is the stance you take when you feel like a winner. Arms stretched up and out, feet wide, heart open and lifting up to the sky. You’re super excited and shouting for joy. Imagine you’ve just succeeded in your Great Big Goal. That’s what Victory pose feels like. Put yourself in Victory pose and feel like a winner. You’ve done it. You’ve achieved your goal. You are a champion. Hooray!!!
Ask children to think of their goal (their Great Big Goal, or a little one, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s exciting to them). And then put them into Victory pose and ask them to imagine they’ve done it! Imagine your own goal too. Shout hooray, get excited, feel it, be it, imagine it, touch it.
This pose will uplift and generate motivation to reach your highest dreams.
THIS WEEKS ACTIVITIES
Booklet - 'All About Me'
Help children build self-esteem by helping them learn who they are, what they like, and how they feel. During the process of creating this book, children will be acknowledged for all of their virtues (even the ones they show in tiny amounts). This will help children build an internal image of himself or herself as someone who is seen for all the wonderful things they are
I SEE YOU
A short activity designed to help children connect with one another, and see each other for their character and unique qualities.
How to use affirmations to help children build self-esteem and reach their goals.
Coloring in pages, Self-Esteem title for room, how to acknowledge virtues, how to do the yoga pose and all printables.
Each week’s feature uses the beautiful and original art by Monica Batiste who is a trained Fine Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator. Monica is a published author and educator who teaches yoga to adults and children.
The five aspects of Emotional Intelligence which were first realized by Daniel Goleman, and are now considered the most important development to realize full potential.
• Social skills
EQ is built through regular acknowledgments, and an understanding of how emotional intelligence impacts and improves self-esteem and behavior.
Growing moral character to develop the whole child.
Virtues incorporated into emotional intelligence based activities with art and yoga are a part of this program. Developed from The Virtues Project by Linda Kavelin-Popov, who has helped thousands of families build connection through growing family values.
Yoga builds resilience
• Improve learning difficulties
Yoga has evolved from thousands of years of practice and supports inner peace, calm and mindfulness.
Virtue and Yoga posture of the week, created by Monica Batiste is fun, meaningful and will help your children build a reservoir of emotional intelligence that will benefit the child for his or her entire life.