This year, Lower School will center on the theme Mind, Body and Heart, as part of Princeton Academy's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and commitment to boys' wellness. Within this concentrated focus lies Wellness Week, a new and exciting initiative that will incorporate a multidimensional approach to bringing out the best in boys.
Wellness Week kicked off on Wednesday, September 20, with Mindfulness practitioner Trish Miele from To Be Mindful leading students and faculty in structured, guided and grade-level specific mindfulness practices. Princeton Academy's personalized program All About M.E. (Mindfulness Exercises) allows for all boys (Kindergarten through Grade 4) to practice and recognize the value of being mindful in an ever distracting world, while also learning self-regulatory techniques as they manage their emotions with themselves and others.
The second element of Wellness Week was boys' yoga led by certified child yoga instructors Cindy Kaserkie and Susan Leonard. This program allows boys from all backgrounds and experiences with yoga, an opportunity to "hop on the mat" and give it a try. Cindy and Sue have thoughtfully crafted monthly themes, anchored by children's books to lead conversation and promote engagement within the practice of yoga. During their first yoga experience on Friday, September 22, the boys were encouraged to reflect on the theme "Working Together," which was paired with the reading of The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle. During the story, Cindy and Sue paused to guide the boys in various yoga poses based on the animals in the story.
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