Goals: This After School Program is designed for kids in the 3rd-5th grades and will run for 9 consecutive weeks. Most kids and even some adults struggle to identify and process emotions. Identification and expression of feelings is a vital part of healthy development for all children. This program will educate children about the different emotions and what to do with these emotions and energy, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle. Dance, art, and movement expressions will be taught in order to help them process through their day to day emotions and stress giving them healthy tools to use at home.
Bio: Amber Worman M.Ed., LPATA, LPCA is a licensed Art Therapist and owner of Phoenix Rising Wellness in Louisville, KY. The focus of her work is with kids and teens through dance, movement, play, and healing arts. Taking a Holistic approach, the mission of her work is to help kids and teens learn about emotions, different forms of expression, positive self-care, and healthy lifestyles through healing foods, fitness, and caring for the environment.
Ages: This program is designed for 3rd-5th students.
Cost: $125.00 per student includes all 9 weeks
Medicaid Paid Option: Parents will need to contact Amber for further information
Dates and Times: January 4th 2018- March 1st 2018
Every Thursday from 3:45pm -5:00pm at the school
January 4th- Who Are You- exploring self through art and dance
January 11th- What's That Emotion- increasing emotional awareness through game play
January 18th- Emotion Charades- using game play and body movements to communicate emotions
January 25th- The Stomp and Jump Dance- learn how to express overwhelming emotions through dance
February 1st- The Shake and Clap Dance- learn further how to express overwhelming emotions through dance
February 8th- Color Dance- learn how to self-monitor the level of intensity of emotional expression through play and dance
February 15th- Mirror you, Mirror Me- learn how to self-monitor the level of intensity of emotional expression through play and dance
February 22nd- Magic Dance Sticks- learn about the importance of recycling, creativity, imagination, and expression
March 1st- Dynamic- learn to work together with other students and increase imagination and creativity.
January 4th- Who Are You: Through movement and dance poses of choice the child will express a greeting non-verbally and the group will mirror this greeting back, increasing ability to communicate and show empathy. They will then be encouraged to create a nametag about who they are. The group will use dance and body language to express who they are through a series of questions (are they quiet or loud, are they funny or serious). These will be used as a fun icebreaker and to introduce the children to movement and dance while increasing creative and expression. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
January 11th- What's That Emotion: Once greeting and the dance warmup has happened the children will start off with creating their own emotion bingo cards from recycled materials. Once created they game play for a round or two of bingo will occur. This will help increase conversation about emotions and emotional awareness in a fun engaging way. Prizes will be fruits to support a healthy child. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
January 18th- Emotion Charades: They will start with a greeting and a dance warm up to get them ready for the day's activities. Bringing the emotional identification they work on last week with them, they will play emotion charades. Each child will do think creatively with their body in order to express the emotion they drew to the group. This is an interactive way of increasing emotion and body connection. Prizes will be fruits to support a healthy child. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
January 25th - The Stomp and Jump Dance: The group starts with nonverbal greetings and a dance warm up to keep the routine going. Using modern songs the kids can relate to, they will learn to stomp and jump through overwhelming feelings and excess energies. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
February 1st - The Shake and Clap Dance: Following the routine set greetings and a dance warmup gets this party started.The group will be lead through songs and learn to shake and clap out excessive energies and intense feelings. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
February 8th - Color Dance: Dance greeting and the warm kick us off for the afternoon. The group will then created a colored flag to do the color dance challenge. The different color levels will teach them body awareness and control of impulses through game play and dance. The winners will be given a fruit as healthy prizes. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
February 15th- Mirror you, Mirror Me: After a greeting and dance warm up the fun begins. Building on the idea of the non-verbally greets, I will begin with doing dance movements and having them them mirror what I do. Throughout the class each child will get a turn to lead the mirroring to the group. This gives the child a sense of being heard and seen on a deep level. Increasing social play, empathy, and improved communicate. Playing dance Freeze will be used as well as well in order to increase control over impulses. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
February 22nd- Magic Dance Sticks: Greetings and dancing start us out and lead us into the magically land of creating. The group will create their own dance streamer out of recycled tree branches and other various materials. Then they will use their magically stick through dance and storytelling. This will increase the children's creativity, imagination, and expressive play and movement. Ending session with a free style dance party and breathing exercises.
1st- Dynamic: As always the kids will start session with a dance
greeting and warm up. For the last session of the program the kids will
get their creative hats on and design a group dance. They will be
encouraged to work together to design their dance moves step by step
increasing imagination and creativity. The breaking down process of this
will increase motor planning, and patiences. This session will also
increase their abilities to work together with other members, social
play, and communication skills. Confidence will be built as they perform
their last dance as a group.
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