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What Happen in Movement Classes?

Students Learn to Take Responsibility for Behavior


“…the majority were better equipped to take responsibility for their behavior.”

Article by Cherry Sanford

Elementary Teacher



As an assistant in the Wellness Through Movement Program at Kohala Elementary this spring, I had the opportunity to witness evidence of progress in the children’s physical and emotional health and well being. While engaged in a variety of fun and enlivening movements, I observed children in the process of learning to listen to their own bodies and emotions.
After many years of teaching experience, I can easily see that elementary Continue reading Students Learn to Take Responsibility for Behavior

End of the Year 2014 Report

Class of 2014 K-2
Class of 2014 K-2

Wellness Through Movement Mentorship January 2014-May 2014 





WHAT HAPPEN (A list  at the end of this Blog)

With the Last Working Directly with the Children

Wellness Through Movement that has never happened before like this winter at Kohala Elementary. Information from the body, the heart of the child, is getting buried and further out of reach but success was made.  Teachers and parents are reporting health, vitality, and empathy may be declining as pressures increase and as a results more challenging behavior in children at younger ages.  Challenging behaviors are become more extreme and at younger ages.  Parents, Principal Garcia, Teachers Continue reading End of the Year 2014 Report

The Human GPS

The Human GPS for Learning

How Movement and Cognition Unite

 Thinking and reasoning are used to address learning in Education but rarely is the brain and body considered an operation of two hemispheres opposite and complementary. Arts, movement, and even (western) yoga classes are valuable “breathers” to thought and reason but to educate the foundation of how the human nervous system learns awareness in quality of movement must be united with cognition. WTM does so by looking at the integration of three functions:

1. Motor Patterns (different than motor skills) – the character of movement form as perception

2. Cognition – development and structure of thinking

3. Perception – when the is brain activated (by a pattern of sensation) and attempts to notice and process

To clarify the above definitions:

Movement patterns are sensations synergistically operating with the senses in action, specifically the sense of “proprioception.” Proprioception negotiates between senses, thoughts and actions trying to carry out intention.   Proprioception in this context is defined as the sense of motion between body parts and character of motion as a whole. Cognition is the development and structure of thinking.   And the attempt to notice and process thought negotiating with the senses is what is labeled perception.

The design of structure and function in motion displays communication between thoughts and senses.  Mindset can be read by “movement patterns.”  Movement, its efficiency and dysfunction of patterns give insight to this body-mind communication. Continue reading The Human GPS

Parent Hour

photoKohala Elementary School Cafeteria

April 30, 2014

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Wednesday

Come and share. Come and learn about the exciting changes and challenges we have seen in your child. Share with us  what you have learned while your child has attended WTM and if there are any questions before we end the program.  Learn about the new ideas for WTM in the coming years.

Wellness Through Movement is about teaching the whole child through the sensation of the body supports self-awareness, self-direction, communication, and social and emotional ease.

Thank you to our Sponsors of Community Members, First Hawaiian Bank, 21 Century Program, North Kohala Community Resource Center and Kohala Elementary School

Wanting Children to Listen: Parent Meeting


Thank you to the over forty parents who attended the Waimea Elementary Wellness Through Movement Parent Hour this February. Parent’s main concern was getting their children to listen.

Learning how a child listens takes an understanding of how children  “feel more than they think.”

Recognize the physical sensation of intonations behind words. This is what your child hears.  The facial expression, body posture and emotion behind the word are what children “hear,” not the words themselves.  Children also look to their parents (instead of feeling their bodies) to clarify if they are okay. If parents are upset the child feels worse. Human beings need training to recognize the truth about themselves. The physical feeling in the body holds the information.

If centered the severity of a challenge changes perception. Take a deep breath next time you are in a hurry or frustrated with your child.   With long exhalations making the sound of “Ahhhh” let attention turn to the vibration of the sound within the body.  This centers and calms the nervous system. (See book: A New SENSORY Self-Awarenesshave your child do the lesson, too).    Training attention to turn inside the body simultaneously as you speak is not necessarily easy yet profoundly affective especially if reactions are anger or frustration. Perception can drastically change reaction and the outcome of a situation.

Please don’t believe this concept until you try it out. Experiment with this next time you are upset with someone.    Feel where the breath ends, or the hum inside the body after a few exhalations.  Then remember to keep attention to the sensation inside the physical body while speaking.  Careful, if you lash out your attention will lose the centeredness needed for others to hear you. Experience this concept. The experience will teach you so much more than these words.

The foundation of the program “Wellness Through Movement” is to train dual attention. Attention inside and out is a kind of awareness then used daily situations (and every movement lesson).  Movement lessons reprogram motor patterns related to perception.  Dual attention gives awareness of how the body changes perception and expands integrity, kindness, and open ears.

The awareness within reveals truthfulness, develops self- responsibility and regulates reactions.  The sensation of the body is the foundation of “thinking.”    Sensory and motor circuits are cognition (Scientific America Mind, Jan-Feb 2011, p. 39 – 45). Our bodies teach us more than the mind will ever understand. Learning from this awareness awakens the heart, mind and body.

Video for to train dual attention now available


WTM Begins January 28, 2014 Kohala Elementary

Parents and staff from the WTM® program joined together for Parent Hour  at Kohala Elementary to share with community about the upcoming programJanuary 22, 2013 to May 14, 2013 for children in elementary grades.  In this program children will receive in-depth  support physically, mentally, and emotionally  all through exciting movement and tumbling games.  Program will be after the short school day starting at 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Program is free to the public of the Big Island of Hawaii thanks to the 21 Century Mentorship Grant and local community members support.