Curriculum Overview

Our base curriculum is accessible to pre-K through university students, including youngsters with special needs.  We are prepared to schedule classes in a variety of ways, including weekly or daily sessions through the school year, unit sections taught as a series, or even one-off events.

We are suited to teach in traditional or alternative school settings, enrichments, after-school programs, summer camps and beyond. We do our best to meet the needs of the constrained educational budget while recognizing that our service is valuable beyond measure.

 
 
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philosophy

The philosophy of our curriculum is based first on the belief that yoga and mindfulness is most effective as a course of study. We rely on a range of theories and approaches to support positive youth development, unique learning strategies and social awareness. Our Educators integrate these methods into bKIDS classes day after day. We believe that holistic health is imperative for a successful upbringing and transition to adulthood, which is why we offer tools and techniques for emotional, social, spiritual and behavioral wellbeing; supporting learning beyond the mental and physical experience. 

Most importantly, our curriculum relies heavily on the concept of embodied cognition - allowing young people to take what they learn in our classes out into the world with them; making it applicable to their lives. 


framework

Our curriculum framework is both structured and flexible, allowing space for both repetition and creativity. We take time in introductory days to define classroom expectations and learning goals, while probing students to ensure we cover the topics that are of interest in their lives.

Our base class structure, lesson planning feature called Metaphor from the Mat, creative specialty classes, and reciprocal teaching modelare the trademarks of our curriculum. Using these curriculum tools allows our Educators to meet students where they are and make certain they are absorbing information, day after day. 

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delivery

Teaching in the modern educational environment can be difficult, and so resourcing our Educators is key to the successful delivery of our curriculum. 

Educators receive comprehensive training in trauma informed instruction, compassionate communication, positive youth development, creative interventions and redirection, and rapport building - both with students and the adults in their lives. Beyond this training, our Educators are encouraged to define their specializations for site placement; including age group, special needs and community. Additionally, our organization works as a team, organizing supportive events, engaging in professional development, and participating in ongoing mentoring programs.