Originally developed in New York City where recreational space is limited by New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the CHALK/Just Move is a classroom-based movement program designed to get kids up and active right at their desks.
A set of activity cards is used to lead the class in aerobic, yoga, stretching, and meditation exercises. Variations to the movements and poses make the program appropriate for children of all ages.
Exercises are also academically integrated and tied to the common core state standards, allowing teachers to weave in math, science, and English language arts material to complement the day's lesson plan.
Teachers value CHALK/Just Move both as a transition tool to move students between subjects and as a "reset button" to help focus the class. Teachers have significant flexibility in implementing the program during the school day as best fits their lesson plan. This makes CHALK/Just Move practical for use throughout the school year and for a variety of schedule configurations.
In 2013 CHALK/Just Move is expanding to schools nationwide, helping to make physical activity an integral, welcome part of the daily lives of children across the country.
Flood Brook School will be launching the Just Move program in classes this fall.
The Flood Brook School is part of the Mountain Towns Regional Education District (RED) and is a K-8, 300-capacity school located in the heart of ski country in Southwestern Vermont. The Mountain Towns RED Board consists of eight school board members from the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru and Weston.