The program is specifically designed for classrooms because that’s where children spend most of their time each week-day and importantly, its where the majority of their learning takes place. Children are most commonly in a sitting position when learning, which reinforce a static and rigid approach through the learning. Child’s body is connected to the brain, both of which are growing and developing.
Children engage more powerfully when learning is dynamic and stimulating. Classrooms are often busy and noisy places. They need to be, to keep children engaged with their learning. However a classroom also needs calmer and more relaxed moments between these time. Flow in the Classroom enables smooth, calm transitions between these stimulative, dynamic and creative periods.
Transition is when children are moving from one subject to next or from one classroom to next. There is change. That’s a space where a pause can be used effectively as a means of marking off one space or time form another. It takes only a few minutes but helps children and the teacher in that short time to absorb what they have learned and through relaxation techniques to get ready for next subject or class. It’s an inward turn to the self which relaxes and revitalizes the mind and body. Wellbeing increases through periods of silence and structured rest, even short periods such as these. Confidence and calm increases. It’s a technique which supports the process of learning and is very important.
A Child needs in the classroom changes during the day . Basic needs such as food, water, air , sleep and safety, should be considered when children come to classroom before they start the process of learning. If they are not at least partially satisfied these needs it’s very hard to move to next level, which are needs for esteem and belonging in the classroom. When the atmosphere in the classroom and the hierarchy of their needs are met, children are ready to learn and be creative and their need for knowledge and to understand will rise spontaneously and easily. Children can then develop the ability to focus their entire attention and also develop their memory and inner concentration. Our Flow in the Classroom program promotes transformation through the Hierarchy of needs.
Creation is a process where children need to engage their senses fully in the learning within the classroom. Usually the senses used most often are sight and hearing. The remaining senses such as touch, smell, taste are not integrated as thoroughly within the learning process in schools. All senses are dependent on and linked through breathing, which directly affect the brain and emotions. The emotional stability gained through correct breathing frees mental and creative energies in a constructive way, and the child exhibits more self-confidence, self awareness and self-control. By developing correct breathing techniques and by having awareness of breathing, children can learn how to utilize their full lung capacity, which leads calm and confidence and at the same time increased vitality.
The techniques of The Flow in the Classroom program is an effective and proven to be helpful to children and teachers within New Zealand and Europe schools.