“2-4-6-8, Who do we appreciate?” “Go Parish School!” Today was Spirit Day at The Parish School, as the kick off to the Gala with “Indiana Jones” the juggling entertainer, class cheers, and the unveiling of Cottage projects for auction at the Gala. There was large amounts of high energy cheering for his balancing circus acts and when he used students as assistants. I sure felt the Parish spirit with each class cheering for the school!
With a tornado warning on Monday, the Bears had a short three-minute music session. It has been a long week and the Bears had small amounts of energy and focus left in them for Creative Movement. “Things that go” is the Bears’ theme for this month so I planned activities with that in mind. We did a train song, which is one of their most requested song, playing rhythm sticks and following a track around the room. They love saying, “Train is here!” and “Train is gone!” We did a car song, driving around with a paper plate as a steering wheel. About a minute into the activity, most of them had parked their car in the middle of rug, just tired from all our dancing and movement. Thus, their steering wheel became their pillow and we ended with a long relaxation time, listening to Chakra Chants and breathing. Sometimes things that go, need to go rest.
Martial Arts with the Labs was very successful with these group of active students. They know the expected level of respect and decorum of martial arts classes, starting with the bow and breathing. Breathing in while raising arms up and breathing out while raising arms down really calm the Labs, getting their bodies still and minds quieter. The highlight of today’s class was our hand punches. Three students who sometimes wander around the room or in their own worlds were with the group. All ten students did one punch, two punches, ten punches, and twenty punches, all with kiai’s! I was very proud to see how they have increased in self-discipline, self-esteem, and self-confidence in our martial arts classes.