Journey through the Body is an educational program for boys and girls between the ages of four and eight. An important age phase in which children learn and explore information that will influence them for the rest of their life. The curriculum has been developed for primary education, special education and afterschool programs.
Journey through the Body is also used by coaches, social workers, dance and movement teachers. Professionals who want to support children in a body-centered (somatic) way in learning to cope with the challenges of our time.
The purpose of the program is to playfully promote and increase three essential building blocks for a strong foundation in life: body awareness, self-awareness and self-worth. Also to prevent and reduce physical, emotional and psychological complaints, such as stress and tension, burnout, obesity, negative self and body image.
The intention is to empower children in making choices that serve their health and well-being. By providing them with knowledge about the body and teaching them to listen to it and to interpret its signals. In this way they learn to take good care of themselves, their health, their body, and to trust and to love themselves. Very important life skills in dealing with today's challenges.
The social interaction and group activities in the lesson plans stimulate social-emotional development as well as self-awareness and (emotional) resilience. The child also learns values that are important for a positive interaction with each other. A relationship in which respect (for differences) and compassion are central. In class the children are told that they are good as they are, the different learning styles are addressed and their uniqueness and their own way of expression are encouraged. This promotes self-confidence and empowerment.
Through movement and play knowledge about the body is shared with the children. Teaching them to understand the language of the body and how to use the body as a compass in taking good care of yourself.
Body-centered education focuses on the body and what the children sense and experience in the body. The body serves as a "laboratory" through which the provided knowledge (anatomy/physiology) is
investigated. The children learn about their body by looking, feeling and exploring. All senses are activated in the transfer of knowledge. The further exploration of knowledge happens through
movement (movement games, dance, yoga) and visualization exercises.
They learn to listen to their body through becoming aware of sensation, which is stimulated by mindfulness and also by alternating play and movement with moments of (self)reflection.
Drawing and/or coloring the body part at the end of class serves as the "connective tissue". In this section the connection is made between body and mind. Everything the children have experienced (body), learned (mind) and felt (emotions) is now united in a drawing. This ensures that they anchor and embody the received knowledge, experiences and insights.
The children are taken on an adventure through their own body through a series of creative classes. Each class is dedicated to a specific body part. In the last
class, all body parts are being connected and the whole body as a unit is the focus of class. The different body parts are explored, discovered and experienced through body-centered
Every class ends with drawing, coloring and/or painting the body part that was the focus of class. This creates a creative log of their journey of discovery. At the end of the program, the entire body will be drawn/colored and the children will have a fun and valuable "souvenir" of their journey to take home.
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