Upper Elementary Lesson: The Warrior and the Wise Man

Upper Elementary Lesson: The Warrior and the Wise Man

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The Warrior and the Wise Man by David Wisniewski is a Japanese-based tale and I will just say - the illustrations in this book are gorgeous. I think it lends itself really well to an art class that is focuses on Japanese art, silhouettes, collage, layering, etc. But it’s also a great book for concepts around history and geography, as well as the Buddhist and Zen religions. Full disclosure - it’s a wordier book, so I did cut some parts of the story out in order to conserve time for a 45-minute class. But the message around creative problem solving and the difference between pushing through an obstacle with “blind force” versus “reasoned action” (from the author’s notes in the book) provides the foundation for a great discussion with older kids. The yoga practice focuses on being “wise” with our bodies, meaning paying attention to how they feel in each pose.

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