The Parent Education component helps to build interest and excitement about the Y4C School Program, while encouraging the development of healthy mind-body habits both in and out of the classroom setting.
The Parent Education component includes a Parent Info Night event organized at the start of the residency for parents and students, as well as weekly parent handouts during 10-week residency designed to engage the entire family in the yoga and mindfulness activities shared in the classroom. Finally, and optionally, your Y4C Trainer can help contract with a local yoga instructor to offer a yoga class on-site for parents to be held weekly or more often as interest dictates.
Parent Info Night is typically organized at the start of the school residency and includes an inspiring, informational ‘Intro to Yoga 4 Classrooms’ presentation for parents and school staff, followed by some fun yoga-based activities for the whole family.
Weekly Parent Handouts include simple, family friendly activities related to the lesson shared each week during the 10-week classroom residency. Handouts consist of three parts: “Tell me about…”, “Show Me” and “Let’s Breath”.
“Tell me about…” is a simple way to begin a conversation about what the student is learning by focusing on the 'Be Well' topic discussed in that week’s class.
“Show Me” allows the student to demonstrate a pose learned while parents (and siblings) mirror the pose.
“Let’s Breathe” provides an opportunity for students to share the learned breathing techniques, empowering families to use them at home and other environments as needed.
Yoga Classes for Parents (and School Staff) may be scheduled on-site at the school for a nominal drop in fee payable directly to the contracted yoga teacher organized by the Y4C Trainer. Ideally, free childcare is coordinated on-site such that parents are able to enjoy and benefit from their own yoga practice.
Learn more about other components of the Yoga 4 Classrooms program:
Yoga 4 Classrooms consists of four components for schools working synergistically to ensure program effectiveness and long-term sustainability:
» Staff Development Workshop
» Classroom Residency
» Parent Education (see above)
» Adult yoga classes for the school staff