Spring has sprung here in the northeastern US, and show season is in full swing! We had three super-fun Rockin’ Yoga assemblies last week. The schools we visited used a buddy system, pairing up third grade students with first graders, and second grade students with kindergarteners. 🌷
The power of peer mentors is strong–not only does it give the younger ones a role model to look up to and emulate, but it helps older students step into a role of maturity and leadership as they set the example of behavior for their buddies (and help them out if they need it!). It’s an excellent way to motivate older elementary children who may be feeling too “cool” for yoga and mindfulness. 😉
This can work great in your kids’ yoga classes when you’re teaching mixed ages or a family session. It also works well at home–give an older sibling the responsibility (and the choice, of course) of leading the yoga poses or mindfulness exercises with younger ones. The older child will love being in charge!
Here’s a super-quick fun mindful exercise for buddies to try, that will probably result in giggles, too: Wake Up Your Face! 😃
Do you use a buddy system in your school or kids’ yoga classes? Comment below and let me know!