Y3 KIDS

Y3 KIDS HAS committed to teaching mindful movement to preschoolers from low income communities. 

FERNANDINHA AT PUNHO FORTE - ASSOCIATION FOR KIDS - BAHIA, BRAZIL 2011

FERNANDINHA AT PUNHO FORTE - ASSOCIATION FOR KIDS - BAHIA, BRAZIL 2011

 

What is the problem we look to solve?

“Psychologists have long known that children of low-income parents often don’t reach the same intellectual levels as children of wealthy parents.

The recent developments in brain research have provided new insights into why this is so.

Parents who are preoccupied with a daily struggle to ensure that their children have enough to eat and are safe from harm may not have the resources, information, or time they need to provide the stimulating experiences that foster optimal brain development.

Infants and children who are rarely spoken to, who are exposed to few toys, and who have little opportunity to explore and experiment with their environment may fail to fully develop the neural connections and pathways that facilitate later learning.”

- Starting Smart

 

 

Our solution

90% of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5. During this critical period, children from low-income communities are not receiving enough amounts of stimulating experiences that foster optimal brain development. 

Y3 KIDS aims at using mindful movement education to promote healthy brain development. 

Early intensive intervention can enhance the healthy development of children. By creating a simple program of mindful movement education that can be implemented into the existing curriculum we can increase the likelihood of the child’s success in future learning. 

The program teaches basic body coordination, breathing exercises, and the foundation of meditation. The strategies use fun and explorative exercises. We use the power of music, play and imagination to connect with the children. 

In areas where the children don’t speak English, the lessons double as an ESL (english as a second language) class. This detail is useful in locations where tourism is high because a good percentage of the children will end up working in the tourism industry.