Movement Breaks in the Classroom Workshop
The movements workshop was facilitated as a project by Occupational Therapist, Regina Broenner in collaboration with Khosi Radebe powered by Stanford Creative Works, A David Krut Projects initiative. The workshops were facilitated over a 2 day session in which over 30 parents and facilitators from ECD centers were in attendance at the Arts on Main Complex in Maboneng.
The workshop follows the David Krut publication of Movements breaks in the Classroom by Regina Broenner, an early child development resource for educators to encourage movement and play in their engagement with children to optimize their concentration.
Participants explored their understanding of gross motor activities. The outcomes of the session was that through simulating these activities, children are better prepared for the demands of school- such as handwriting, concentration, following instructions, sport skills and team work.
Focus was on sensory stimulation. Regina emphasized how senses are the foundation to experiencing the world around us and interacting with our environment.
How every sensation that we experience gives valuable information to our central nervous system. This information can be delivered by encounters from outside of the body through touch, sight, hearing , taste and smell.
An observable impact of the workshop was in the smiles and enthusiasm of the participants as they ran around the workshop venue playing with balloons and popping bubbles, an image resembling the livelihood of happy children in their element.
We received positive from the workshop participants who have requested for an ongoing relationship with the initiative and future workshops as follows:
The participants commended the hands-on approach, as it shows the users how easy the activities are to implement.
Requests have been put through for future workshops on exploring signs of early developmental delay as well as activities to help children with emotional challenges in their direct environment; as well as addressing how to stimulate an inclusive approach to integrating children in to the learning process.
A word of thanks to our sponsors:
David Krut Projects
Arts on Main Board of Directors