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Flow Form Teaches The Body

Flow Form Teaches The Body. Learn how we can integrate the Early Years Learning Framework with teaching the body.

Section 1: Flow Form Teaches The Body; Section 2: Teaching the Body Aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework

Of course, Flow Form teaches the mind through the use of imagination and education as we discovering what’s on the moon, or under the sea, etc. Additionally, throughout the program children are developing their creativity in a variety of ways. However, our main focus is to teach the body. Even within meditation we ask the children to experience loving kindness, or gratitude by feeling it within the heart.

When we teach the body – the mind learns through entrainment. That is, teach the body new ways to move and you teach the mind new ways to move through life.

When we teach the body, we’re essentially engaging in what’s known as embodied learning. This approach recognizes that the mind and body are interconnected, and learning occurs not just through cognitive processes but also through physical experiences and sensations. Here’s how the mind learns when we teach the body:

  1. Sensory Input: Teaching the body involves engaging the senses – sight, hearing, touch, proprioception (awareness of body position), and kinesthetic (movement) feedback. These sensory experiences provide rich input to the brain, enhancing learning and memory retention.
  2. Embodied Cognition: Embodied cognition refers to the idea that cognitive processes are deeply intertwined with bodily experiences and actions. When we engage in physical activities or movements, our cognitive processes, such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving, are activated and integrated with bodily sensations and movements.
  3. Motor Learning: Learning through physical movement involves the development of motor skills and procedural memory. Through repetition and practice, the brain forms neural connections that encode the sequence of movements and actions, leading to skill acquisition and mastery.
  4. Spatial Awareness and Body Schema: Teaching the body enhances spatial awareness and the body schema – the brain’s representation of the body’s size, shape, and capabilities. As individuals engage in various movements and activities, they develop a better understanding of their bodies in relation to space and objects in their environment.
  5. Emotional and Physiological Regulation: Physical activities and movement can have a profound impact on emotions and physiological states. Engaging in calming activities like deep breathing or gentle movement can reduce stress and promote relaxation, while energising activities can boost mood and arousal levels. These experiences influence emotional regulation and overall well-being.
  6. Integration of Learning: Integrating learning with physical experiences helps bridge abstract concepts with concrete, tangible experiences. This integration supports deeper understanding and retention of information, as learners can relate new knowledge to their own bodily experiences and sensations.

Overall, teaching the body is a holistic approach to learning that engages the whole person – mind, body, and emotions. By incorporating physical activities, movement, and sensory experiences into educational practices, we can enhance learning outcomes and foster a deeper connection between learners and the material being taught.

Teaching the Body Aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework

Teaching the body aligns closely with the principles and practices outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) by providing opportunities for holistic development and learning experiences that cater to the needs and interests of young children. Here’s how teaching the body integrates with the EYLF:

  1. Principles of Respectful Relationships: Teaching the body encourages educators to develop secure, respectful, and reciprocal relationships with children. By engaging in physical activities together, educators can build trust and rapport with children, fostering a sense of connection and belonging.
  2. Play-Based Learning: Teaching the body often involves playful and interactive activities that promote learning through exploration and experimentation. These activities align with the EYLF’s emphasis on play-based learning, providing children with opportunities to engage in hands-on experiences that stimulate their curiosity and creativity.
  3. Learning Outcomes: Teaching the body addresses several of the learning outcomes outlined in the EYLF. For example:
    • Through physical movement and sensory experiences, children develop a strong sense of identity and well-being.
    • Engaging in cooperative activities promotes children’s ability to connect with and contribute to their world.
    • Learning to control and coordinate their bodies fosters confidence and involvement in learning.
    • Physical activities often involve communication and interaction with others, supporting children’s development as effective communicators.
  4. Personal and Social Development: Teaching the body encourages children to develop personal and social skills, such as cooperation, sharing, and empathy. Through group activities, children learn to work collaboratively, take turns, and respect each other’s boundaries, fostering positive relationships and social competence.
  5. Physical Development: Teaching the body directly supports children’s physical development by promoting gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance, and spatial awareness. Engaging in movement activities also contributes to children’s overall health and well-being.
  6. Reflective Practice: Educators can use teaching the body as an opportunity for reflection and ongoing learning. By observing children’s responses and progress during physical activities, educators can adapt their teaching strategies to better meet the needs of individual children and promote continuous improvement in practice.

In summary, teaching the body aligns with the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework by providing rich, play-based learning experiences that support children’s holistic development, foster positive relationships, and promote engagement and learning across various domains.

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