Inclusive Extra-Curricular Activities
Miss Vanessa from The Little Yoga House comes once a week to teach our Sprouts yoga sequences, games, songs, and breathing exercises. Yoga for kids is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a non-competitive environment. This class captures the imaginations of preschoolers through yoga adventures, animated poses, and magical relaxing journeys. Our silly yoga sequences enhance children’s concentration skills while improving their motor coordination. Fun yoga games are used to teach collaborative play as well as sharpen listening skills, both helpful tools as your child transitions to school.
Children are also encouraged to respect and pay attention to their bodies, making sure each pose feels good and coming in and out of positions when they feel ready (something most adults have a hard time doing!). As children grow and their bodies change quickly, this becomes an important skill.
In addition to all of the physical and mental benefits, is a central tenet of yoga practice is respect and honor: for ourselves, for each other, and our environment. In a yoga class, children often go on a magical journey around the world, and learn about many cultures and places. Since many of the yoga poses are of animals, children also learn about different animal habitats, endangered species, and even recycling! Children have an innate affinity with the natural world, and animals in particular. They understand and enjoy learning about and caring for the earth and its inhabitants, both human and animal. In this way, yoga is a holistic practice, with an inner as well as outer focus. But most importantly for kids, yoga is fun!
One aspect of our curriculum that sets Green Sprout apart from many of the other preschools in Austin, is our Chinese program. Siu Gi, our Chinese instructor comes once a week to teach Mandarin Chinese to our students, ages 1-5 years. The key to early language learning is to integrate language with a variety of fun activities, games, and songs. This method is called Total Physical Response. It has been shown to be both extremely fun and effective for young children learning a second (or third) language. Cool Panda has developed its own curriculum that relies heavily on TPR. Cool Panda Mandarin Chinese classes make use of songs, body movement, games, books and picture cards. Most, importantly, Siu Gi strives to make every class as fun as possible so that children feel like they are playing instead of learning a new language that might otherwise seem like a daunting or discouraging task.