Tai Chi works on the inside of the body and helps us feel peaceful and focused. It becomes easier to find self-control. We begin to understand our needs and emotions and to anticipate a feeling that is building within us. Pretending to be an animal moving peacefully in nature takes us away from the noisy, hectic pace of daily life. The focus, calmness, concentration and ability to work together is amazing.
Tai Chi can help children with learning challenges. The Tai Chi movements in our program are simplified so it is easy to learn.
Tai Chi provides two things children desperately need: physical fitness and emotional nourishment. It provides children with the skills to be calm, compassionate, strong and resilient. The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommends that children should participate in activities that support the development of the whole child.
To implement Tai Chi into your school is a simple, low cost format: Our In School Residency Programs offer a proactive behavioral intervention to help meet the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students. This integrative approach to wellness consists of core practices and strategies to promote self-regulation, focus, attention and connection to others. The use of breathing techniques, Tai Chi-based movement, social/emotional learning activities and guided relaxation supports students as they learn to manage emotions, transitions and reduce anxiety.
This holistic approach supports learning and student achievement. Educators will also benefit through the use of these integrative tools both personally and professionally.
The K-12 in-classroom component of each residency program is implemented over a 6-10 week schedule. Each class consists of a 45-minute lesson, which can be held once, twice, or even three times per week. Each class will be age appropriate and directed toward the specific needs of the overall group and school.
Teachers will be provided an overview of the residency format at the end of the in-classroom workshop. Teachers will also complete a pre-residency survey at this time.
Teachers and students in each classroom are led in a 30-minute demonstration so that they may continue Tai Chi practices within the classroom.
Specific curriculum/presentation of information is grade-level appropriate. It is optional that the curriculum can be related to Common Core State and NC Essential Standards and co-created with their classroom teacher.
Classroom teachers participate in a brief follow-up meeting at the conclusion of the residency, providing an opportunity for review, additional questions, feedback and support, as well as to complete the post-residency survey.
Contact with school is maintained throughout the remainder the school year so that follow up meetings can be scheduled if necessary. A final year-end survey is completed by staff and collected. A follow up report is provided to school administration at year’s end (or at time deemed appropriate).
Improved overall health
Increased strength and flexibility
Improved body image
Better sleep quality
Improved executive function
Improved focus and attention skills
Better sensory integration
Improved emotional regulation
Greater self confidence
Decreased stress and anxiety
Greater compassion & empathy
Improved communication skills
Increased leadership skills
Greater sense of community & safer school climate