Class Stretching Movements for Children Part Two
Stretches that the students can do to relieve stress and relax before, after or during work. If students are restless or feeling stressed about upcoming tests, or need to calm down to focus on work, take them through some of these stretches to get them focused and engaged in the upcoming tasks.
Students need to sit down on the ground and place left leg straight out in front of them. Make sure their knee is as straight as possible. Then they bend their right leg and place the sole of the foot against their left knee. Students lean forward and reach for their left toes, holding in a controlled position for ten seconds. Then swap legs, repeat both legs twice. The stretch should be felt in the back of the student’s thigh.
Students start facing the wall and hold onto it for support, then place their right leg forward with a slight bend at the knee. They then place their left leg back with a straight knee. Students lean into the wall while keeping their back heel flat on the floor. Hold this for ten seconds then swap legs. Repeat the stretch on both legs twice.
Students perform these from a seated position to help lengthen the spine and relieve pain in the back. Students can complete sitting exercises anytime. The students should sit up straight in their chair, and then stretch their back as though they were trying to touch their shoulder blades together. Hold the stretch for ten seconds.
Students stand or sit with their right leg crossed over their left at the ankles. Students take their right wrist and cross it over their left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top. Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body until they rest in the centre of the chest. Students stay in this position; they keep their ankles crossed and their wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in this position for a few minutes. Students should feel noticeably calmer after that time.
Students simply massage the muscles around the junction of their jaws. For the best effect, get students to try yawning and holding the yawn while they massage the muscles around the joint.