Cherry Run Elementary Adopts Yoga 4 Classrooms Program
The Yoga 4 Classrooms program, an evidence-based yoga and mindfulness program for school, is coming to Cherry Run Elementary this year as part of the school’s improvement plan. Counselor Erin Hurley, who is a trained Yoga 4 Classrooms instructor, provided training to her colleagues on a recent staff development day.
Yoga 4 Classrooms is designed to promote social, emotional, and physical wellness; learning readiness; and a positive school climate. Teachers are trained in the basics of the program and share their knowledge with their students. Hurley says the goal is to have 100 percent of students participating in the program by June 2018.
Two main strategies of the program are aligned with FCPS’ Portrait of a Graduate (engaging in healthy and positive practices and relationships to promote overall physical and mental well-being, and persisting to accomplish difficult tasks and to overcome academic and personal barriers to meet goals). To accomplish these goals, staff members are implementing Yoga 4 Classrooms during transitions and specials (art, music, physical education, foreign language in the elementary school, and library) and creating yoga stops at transitional points (waiting in line, bathroom breaks, etc.).
Led by Hurley, staff members will be compiling data on students’ emotional regulation, self-control, attention, and focus and updating and following this information throughout the school year.
Hurley also plans to align her monthly counseling curriculum with the Be Well portion of the Yoga 4 Classrooms program. In December, in conjunction with the Celebrate You theme, Hurley plans to focus on National Inclusive Schools Week with a day for students to share what makes their family unique. Parents are welcome to share information about their background, culture, religion, and native foods that make their family special.