Creative teamwork and cooperative, higher functioning
T’ai Chi teachers who want to launch a children’s program
A workshop can be as short as 30 minutes (recommended for four and five year olds), and as long as three hours (recommended for teacher training and for larger groups). More in-depth workshops for groups of t’ai chi teachers seeking to introduce this program into their schools and communities can be held for a whole week-end, from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
The workshop begins with an explanation of Chinese Taoist philosophy, made simple enough for a four year old to grasp. Participation from each student begins with easy, basic questions and answers. “T’ai Chi originates in the mind.” A thoughtful, reflective tone is set for the rest of the training.
Next all participants warm up their bodies systematically, from top to bottom, encouraging the “flow of qi” throughout. Repetitions are cut by one-third for younger children. They can use up their attention span on the warm-ups if made too lengthy and can’t concentrate on the games, which are the core of this training. A workshop for pre-Ks might be as short as forty minutes.
The T’ai Chi Games
Follow the Leader, Lead the Follower (eyes open, eyes closed)
Traffic Cop, or “Come Here, Go Away
Dog Chases its Tail
Push the Turtle (Bagua)
All groups who have tried this training report feeling calmer, energized, more centered and grounded, more in touch with others, and a significant increase in feelings of well-being and connection.