A typical day offers a balanced program that includes:
Activity and movement is essential for the wellbeing of the whole child. Through guided meditations, mindfulness, music, and play, children learn yoga, They will build the skills to take their yoga off the mat and into their lives with tools for grounding, self calming strategies, and empathy for others.
We sit together to share a healthy snack and enjoy each other's company.
Time for children to complete homework independently or receive help with academics or IEP goals. Students without homework are offered independent reading time and academic enriching activities.
Play with purpose:
Children enjoy time to cultivate friendships through play. This includes weekly art projects, puzzles, games, mindful storybook, discussions, and activities as well as exploratory play. Kids also get a chance to go on nature walks, play outside in various sensory and physical activities.
Who: Kiddos K - 5th Grade
When: After school - 6PM, Zen Turtle follows the Monona Grove Elementary School Calendar.
We offer full day Teacher In-service and Snow Day care!
What: Not your average after school care program! Directed by Kat Casey, owner of Monona Yoga Center, teacher with a Masters in Education and over 10 years of experience teaching K-12, Yoga Therapist with years of experience as a yoga teacher, this program focuses on mindfulness, building positive self esteem, while growing their little hearts to hold empathy for the world around them.
Kat Casey, MsEd, plans the program to encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child. This program was born out of her own search for an after school program for her children that addressed social-emotional needs, and provided a growth mindset environment.
Bus Transportation from Winnequah Elementary Available!
$89/5 days a week* OR $75/3 days a week*
2 Children $150/5 days a week OR $115/3 days a week
Space is limited to ensure adequate care and attention.
Applications are being accepted now.
Applications for 2020-2021 School Year: We are currently only offering our Academic Support Program.
As schools change their schedules, so will we!
Interested in our Virtual School Academic Support Program?
Kat uses her years of experience and her passion for both yoga and working with kids to create fun filled, yet meaningful experiences. Kat will share and explore various children's books that discuss mindfulness, meditation, building self esteem, managing emotions and more. They will also have snack time, and assistance with academics &/or IEP goals. Of course, kids get to do lots of what the came for - silly, giggly, stretchy yoga!
Kat holds a Masters in Education with over 10 years of experience teaching K-12. She is also a yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist for children with special needs, Creating a kids yoga and mindfulness program has been in Kat's heart and mind for years, and she is over the moon that it is finally time for it all to come to be!
Kat has been teaching yoga and meditation in schools since 2003. While teaching in an in elementary school in Savannah, Georgia, she led the entire school in a daily guided pranayama (Breath specifically to increase mindfulness, critical thinking, improve school performance & overall wellbeing) and Guided Meditation. Everywhere she has taught, she has held after school yoga programs, and taught yoga and pranamana in the classroom. The profound effects of yoga with children and in schools is just beginning to be researched and published. Let your children experience what Kat has known to be true for years!