In mid-March of this year (2016) I was fortunate to travel to Hong Kong to introduce The Kids-Move Introductory Course in partnership with Frontier Teaching and Therapy Consultancy.
It was great to work with the 4 remarkable people pictured below, from left to right: Teddy, Shan Shan, me, Alice and Chasa. This amazing group had the vision to bring music, movement, and brain-based techniques to Hong Kong to help make learning easier for children. It was also fun sharing so many evenings enjoying Dim sum and tea!
I first worked with 6 dynamite trainers who were open to exploring new ways to teach movement and integrate brain research into their work. On Saturday March 19, 2016, we had a terrific one-day workshop learning, teaching, singing and playing with other participants. I was so impressed with how each participant took in the research and was open to playing the games (see pics below) designed to help integrate the 4 critical movement patterns: spinal movement, homologous movement, homolateral movement, and contralateral movement. I am excited to hear from the participants and learn how they have integrated the Kids-Move program.
It was amazing to spend time visiting Kindergarten programs in Hong Kong! What surprised me the most was the lack of outdoor space – and by that I mean NONE or very little – that the children have to play in! We are so fortunate in North America to have so much space to move around in. I was fascinated by how structured the kindergarten programs were and how well organized they have to be to make the best use of time and space. I am very excited about introducing our songs and games to their programs, to make the best of their movement opportunities. It will be exciting to see what the future brings – and what the possibility will be of doing more work with the amazing teachers and educators in Hong Kong!
Until next time, cheers,