Last winter and Spring, I had the privilege of piloting my EQ program in a North Jersey preschool. The pilot is a great success and we have begun our 2nd year. Teachers love it, the children love being Creators of Joy (CJs). They could recite CJs 7 voices and how they made them feel, for ex. happy, good, kind. I love visiting every two weeks and the picture you see is our Rainbow Rootie day when we all looked silly! When I visit, I demonstrate the different aspects of the theme they are teaching for that week. I learn as much as they do. The children love all of CJs buddies and continuously talk about them.
Research tells us that the emotional brain is growing the fastest from birth to six. This certainly was evident for the younger children ( 3 year olds) were able to focus on CJ and how the voices felt more easily than the older children. What a surprise! They had less academics (left brain stimulation) and were more open to the messages and feelings and using CJ in their play. So the earlier we start, the better!
The teachers asked for more time in their curriculum for CJ. This Fall they began this and are including more of the fun activities in the curriculum. The activities all included history, science and inter-relational opportunities. However, the trend in preschool is academics and yet the staff felt that they needed more time for these important skills.
Research is showing us that children who have more play and social and emotional learning instead of the current trend in academics actually pull ahead by the time they reach 4th grade. Play teaches those important skills of sharing, compromise, critical thinking to name a few....