With 1 in 5 children experiencing mental health challenges, now is the time to reshape how we think about education and place wellness and wellbeing practices at the forefront of Early Childhood Education.
When the Pandemic hit in 2020 and turned our world upside down and we found ourselves in lockdown, two things became abundantly clear. We needed to find activities to keep our children occupied and happy in the safety of our own home and most importantly, that being in good health both physically and mentally is critical for our overall wellbeing.
With that being said, early childhood development and education plays an integral part in the first years of a child’s life and will directly impact a child’s future wellbeing. For example, between conception and age three, a child's brain undergoes an impressive amount of growth. It doubles in size in the first year, and by age three it has reached 80 percent of its adult size.
Nurturing and responsive care for the child’s body and mind is the key to supporting a healthy brain. Positive or negative experiences can add up to shape a child’s development and can have lifelong effects. To nurture their child’s body and mind, parents and caregivers need support and the right resources. The right care for children, starting before birth and continuing through childhood, ensures that a child develops and reaches their full potential.
To support a child in reaching their full potential, parents and caregivers should provide opportunities to engage with the 6 pillars of wellness.
6 Pillars of Wellness as defined by the Global Wellness Institute:
Physical: Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.
Mental: Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.
Emotional: Being aware of, accepting and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.
Spiritual: Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.
Social: Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.
Environmental: Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices, and wellbeing.
To support your child’s wellbeing, Junior Genius Global launched a Home Wellness Collection which is a collection of wellness activities that will keep your child active and busy during the hot summer months.
The collection includes children’s story books with important messages about gratitude and emotions, yoga, breathwork and daily affirmation activities, massage balms to aid sleep, relaxation and connection. We included healthy and nutritious recipes to cook with your child, schedule planners to support routine as we understand the importance of routine in early childhood.
Junior Genius Global believes that by inviting wellness into your home through our Home Wellness Collection, we will create healthier future generations. The collection provides our children with the tools, practices, and routines they need to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Should challenges such as mental health arise, we feel we have included all the necessary materials to build resilience and learn coping strategies for our children.
For more information, or to purchase your collection visit www.juniorgeniusglobal.com