Kids in grades K-5 are often very inquisitive, curious, and ACTIVE! However, at times, many kids can also be very impulsive, judgmental, and distracted....which can present challenges in school, at home, and with peers. Social-emotional skills can take years to fully develop. The skills gained from mindfulness training build the foundation for all other learning and, some say, are a strong determining factor in one's future happiness, success, and over all well-being.
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice at a young age can help to build a solid social-emotional foundation:
. Self-management skills (self-regulation, self-awareness, body awareness)
. Coping strategies (maintain emotional balance)
. Resiliency (perseverance, growth mindset)
. Compassion for self and others (kindness practices)
. Attention/focus skills (managing our busy minds, staying in the zone)
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice can also teach kids healthy habits of mind and body:
. Taking care of themselves (physically, mentally)
. Eating healthy (slowing down, experience eating, awareness of food choices, hydration)
. Sleeping (recharging their bodies and minds)
. Listening to their body's signals, before injury or accident (intuition)
. Tuning-in more to their Inner Coach and less to their Inner Critic
Kids can learn and develop a mindfulness practice:
. In the community - classes, workshops, mini-camps
. In school (if the school incorporates mindfulness lessons into their daily activities)
See this Mindfulness Video by Julie Bayer Salzman. Kids explain what they've learned from their mindfulness class and how it helps them manage their emotions.
1-30 Minute Lesson/Week for 8 Weeks or 1-30 Minute Lesson/Month for 8 Months.
Lessons included with the Health Curriculum or in a classroom where the teacher supports programming.
Teachers learn and practice mindfulness for themselves, to better manage their own stress and to be an anchor for their students.