July 8 was a day to remember. Children and parents had a great time at TATVA's Skating Expo 2017.
Here are a few images of happy children enjoying their performance.
Children need to play. Play enables healthy skeletal and muscular development, preparing children for an active and healthy adult life. Of particular importance is outdoor play that gives them adequate exposure to the sun. It is only exposure to sunlight that helps our body transform the inactive Vitamin-D in our diet into an active form of Vitamin-D that helps strengthen our bones in many ways. Another benefit of outdoor play in the sun, as shown by research into myopia, is that it limits the progression and, in some cases, even prevents the onset of myopia.
At TATVA, play is much more than an appendage to the curriculum. Starting from the early years, children are given 3-4 play periods every week. In the early years, 2 sessions every week are devoted to learning skating so that primary school children may develop their sense of balance, a sense vital to their physical and emotional wellbeing in later years. The remaining days of play are devoted to either free play or special, age-appropriate Waldorf games conducted by the Physical Education instructor. By Grade 5, this evolves into a systematic programme of Bothmer Gymnastics and, a couple of years later, into team games that engage all children vigorously.