About the program
Journey through the Body is an educational and preventive curriculum that focuses on the well-being of children aged 4-8 years. It teaches them to listen to their bodies in a playful way and to take good care of themselves.
Through a creative journey of discovery through the different body parts, in which body-centered education, mindfulness, movement (movement games, dance, yoga), visualization exercises and drawing are fixed components, three essential building blocks for a strong foundation in life are stimulated: body awareness, self-awareness, and self-worth.
The program focuses on boys and girls between the ages of four and eight. An important age phase in which children absorb information that will influence them for the rest of their life. The program has been developed for primary education, special education, and afterschool programs.
The training has been developed for teachers, educators, teaching and class assistants, pedagogical staff, PE teachers, dance and movement teachers.
It is also used by life coaches for kids, (remedial) educationalists, and psychomotor therapists. In short: professionals working with children and who want to enhance the well-being of children in a body-centered way.
The aim of the program
The aim of the Journey through the Body curriculum is to playfully promote and increase three essential building blocks for a strong foundation in life: body awareness, self-awareness and self-worth.
The program focuses on promoting well-being and preventing and reducing physical, emotional and psychological complaints. Journey through the Body also helps children to self-regulate stress, tension and emotions, to process stimuli, to improve concentration and focus, to get out of the head and into the body, to feel and indicate boundaries, to improve motor development, and to develop a positive self-image and body image.
Content & class format
Through a series of eight creative lessons, the children are taken on an adventure through their own bodies. Each class focuses on a specific body part. In the last class all body parts are connected to each other and the whole body as a unit is the focus.
The class format consists of 5 steps through which the different body parts are explored, discovered and experienced in a playful way.
- Step 1: Science – information and exploration exercises to increase knowledge about one’s own body.
- Step 2: Movement – movement games, dance and yoga.
- Step 3: Dreaming – guided relaxation and visualization exercise.
- Step 4: Drawing – creative processing and anchoring of the knowledge and experiences gained in class.
- Step 5: Celebrating – receiving and giving compliments.
Mindfulness is the common thread that runs through the entire program.
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