Mindful Movement is a great way to help children develop what Daniel Rechtschaffen calls “physical literacy.” In The Mindful Education Workbook, Rechtschaffen says, “When taking attendance, we ask if students are present, but even when they are right there in front of us they are still often not very present. Really being present begins with the body. We learn to relax, feel the breath moving in and out, and explore the sensory map of our bodies.” Mindful movements create a foundation for children to engage in mindfulness and be “present” in the classroom.
Here is an excellent video to use for mindful movement in the classroom. Try the palm tree pose with your kids!