Learning About Our Hearts, Bodies, and Minds Alongside Our Pre-K Kiddos
The benefits of kicking off the school year with a Student Well-Being focus
All TEA students learn about their hearts, bodies, and minds from different angles with larger overlapping concepts. Collectively we are all learning about self-love, self care, differing personalities, and how to identify and manage emotions.
As with all of our projects at TEA, our learning projects are anchored by guiding questions. Here’s an overview of the guiding questions our Pre-K kiddos often grapple with as they kick off their school year:
How can I be kind?
What are forms of verbal communication?
How do people communicate non verbally?
How can I feel safe, happy and confident?
What makes me unique?
How can I form and keep strong friendships?
How can I be resilient?
How can I honor myself now?
What are the many emotions that I and others experience?
What tools are in my self care tool kit?
Our younger students explore these concepts through dynamic play, creative expression (eg. dance, art, drama, music), animals, and nature. They also learn about the mind-body-heart connection through hands-on science and STEAM activities that teach about body systems, providing countless opportunities for fun. Finally, students will use their emerging writing skills to reflect and understand themselves and others.
What’s that look like in practice? Well here are a few excerpts some from the weekly communications our Pre-K Director (Miss Stephanie) sends out to our parents.