Yes you’ve read the title correct, Mindfulness for children!
I am a teacher of Mindfulness and I love seeing positive changes within our communities today! There are so many positives that come from learning how to be Mindful, and it’s free!
- You will find that the students will quickly start to feel relaxed and contented! When a student feels relaxed, they will learn more and improve their memory capacities.
- You will also find improved success as a teacher because you will feel calmer and deal with the daily ups in a responsive manner rather than in a reactive way.
- Students will improve their social and emotional skills, academic performance and focus as they learn how to control their mood and behaviour using effective skills.
What’s not to like about Mindfulness?
I shall be introducing Mindfulness by using mindful activities, and by looking at current research on Neuroscience. I am positive that looking at the brain science behind Mindfulness will help to engage students. Children have a natural curiosity when it comes to learning about the brain.
I shall include some excellent activities to engage students and allow them to practice Mindfulness inside and outside of school.
Let me introduce you to CASEL.
Mindfulness for children helps teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills to students. I aim to follow the 5 core competencies recommended by CASEL:
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Responsible Decision Making
*If you are interested I do have the lesson plans which include the above objectives.
Why introduce Mindfulness at School?
Many students have ups and downs in their daily lives, just as much as adults, this can lead to them feeling overloaded and overwhelmed at certain times of the day.
The objective of Mindfulness for Children, is to reduce these ups and downs by teaching your students to become more responsive to their thoughts and feelings. Once they become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, they can learn to respond to them in mindful ways, by using the techniques they have learnt.
Scientific research supports the brain science and all activities are extremely interactive, this allows students to participate actively to Mindfulness. Group work and pair work is encouraged throughout the duration of the Mindfulness course.
Students will find themselves having more positive interactions with the world, they will start to enjoy more wonderful little moments, which they sometimes miss.
What’s to lose? Nothing! Get involved with Mindfulness, introduce these skills to many people, so they too can experience some of the huge benefits which Mindfulness offers.