Creating a bridge between children-teachers-families that is sustainable and has health at the core.
Tell us about your idea
As a result of the pandemic’s shelter in place, school life is becoming more integrated with home life. If hybrid-models of education are going to be tested in fall of 2020 with students spending less time at school and more time at home, then the top priority for carrying lessons from school to home is to establish a consistent model of care and education for the children. Growing supportive connections between children’s school and home environments will require educating parents on early child development and reframing the concept of academic learning. Our idea is to focus on creating a bridge between children-teachers-families that is sustainable and has health at the core.
At Project Commotion, we believe that these skills can be taught through play, movement, and a strong understanding of one’s own body. In a school setting, this translates to lesson plans centering around fundamental elements of lives that we are constantly experiencing: nature, the mind, body, health, and various types of communities. We envision children learning how to take deep breaths, to stand up and wiggle their bodies if they are feeling stuck or need a break, and thinking about important concepts by acting them out. We envision students showing each other how leaves blow in the wind by rocking side to side, how giraffes stand tall by tip-toeing around the room, how colors can represent moods by making their own unique dances.
It will be important that children are held to the same expectations at home as they are in school, so that not only are they physically safe, but they also feel safe with a secure knowledge of procedures and boundaries. However, it’s important that this safety is enforced by routine, not fear. This model would incorporate more elements of self-awareness (Where is my body in space? How close am I to other bodies), self-hygiene (when was the last time I washed my hands? Have I touched my face recently?), and adjusted social interactions (How close do we need to be to play this game? How many people should we include?).
By focusing on pillars of well-being during these times, we can encourage children to think of their lives and how they move about the world in a holistic way.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
Project Commotion in San Francisco, California. Project Commotion is a vibrant community space in San Francisco, California, where children, families, and educators are invited to learn together through movement, sensory experiences, and play. We were inspired to share because learning (socially, emotionally, and cognitively) through movement and play is our passion!