"The Little Captain and the Great Calm Sea"

On November 20-21, ISSA members Sardes (the Netherlands) and the Neohumanist Education European Network (Romania) organised a Peer Learning Activity in Utrecht about the role of yoga and meditation techniques in young children’s development of Self-Regulation. The starting point is 'The Little Captain', developed by Sardes as a professional development package that helps preschool teachers to stimulate children’s Executive Function (EF) and Self-Regulation (SR). Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions and switch between multiple tasks successfully. Children need this set of skills to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals and control impulses. The workshop, attended by ISSA members from Croatia, Serbia, Turkey and the UK, explored the value of yoga and meditation exercises and games in the process of acquiring EF and SR. Read more about this on the Sardes website.