When: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 am PST
In today’s stressful world, it is often the case that our kids need to take it easy, breathe, and relax. But the flip side of relaxation is true as well. Sometimes kids need to be energized, to get the juices going, so to speak. Any classroom teacher is well aware of the 2:00 slump where their students have difficulty focusing and thinking. They are often slumped down in their chairs, head in hand, or even worse, head resting on the desktop. Add a dreary, rainy day to the mix and the sleepy state increases.
So why does lethargy occur in mid-afternoon? Well, it seems that it is a natural occurrence. Our biological clock, the circadian cycle ticking, causes us to become sleepy between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. Ideally, one would take a short 20-minute nap to re-energize, but for kids in school, this isn’t possible. They have to maintain focus and attention for learning even though they are sleepy. So what is the antidote for this condition? Very simply, it’s shake, rattle and move!
We’ll spend some time looking at why we get the afternoon slump and play with some ways to get our kids re-energized, like The Swings, Jelly Jiggle, and Breath of Joy, so that they can do their best work at school by thinking more clearly and learning more effectively. Many of the activities and exercises explored can be found in Sandy’s book “Creating the Peaceable Classroom”. Participants will also benefit from this experience and may want to adopt some of the exercises themselves. We all need energization!