The Dragon Adventure
Suna Senman, Vivianne Birget Friedberg
(LiTPEACE, Oct. 1, 2014)
Introduction for Parents and Teachers:Harvard University Center on the Developing Child finds the need to “Incorporate vigorous physical exercise into daily activities, which has been shown to positively affect stress levels, social skills, and brain development;” stated in InBrief – Executive Function – Skills for Life and Learning . This introduction portion of the book is purposed to clarify the educational benefits of the moving adventure and give you, the adult, expert child development information and strategies that you can apply in every day life.. Suna Movement Adventure series addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social development of young children. The stories are moving adventures to read and then act out. Children love playing the imagination games, and benefit from the science behind the activities. This book, The Dragon Adventure, is based on ten movements recommended for everyone to do daily in order to bring equilibrium to your being. The movements stretch and increase blood flow to the muscles and organs in the body. Energy paths, called meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine , can recalibrate to a calm-active status from over active or sluggish states. The still positions are the most important for stability physically, mentally and emotionally. In addition to the fundamental qigong exercise, the moving adventure uses neurolinguistics, imagination and positive psychology to increase motivation to learn, ability to follow direction, and most important, positive self-esteem . The language used is carefully selective to support the child’s willingness to explore and expand their understanding by refraining from negation, stereotyping and prejudice. The story stimulates imagination, described by leaders in pediatrics , as the foundation of common sense, problem solving and critical thinking . Positive psychology proposes that humans are fundamentally happy and overcome setbacks through supportive relationships and character strengths.Universal language, mental creativity and optimism acted out in physical movement imprints positive messages into memory. In learning, the first approach to any task holds uncertainty and even fear. Approaching the “dragon” adventure physically, mentally, emotionally and socially (through your participation with the child) creates a real experience in the child’s memory, via neurological pathways, to access when approached with future obstacles in life. The Dragon Adventure is dedicated to provide foundational components of physical, mental, emotional and social health for young children.