Mindfulness is a sense of being in the here and now. Awareness of the present is a technique to help students focus on what is going on right now in a non judgemental way, not what happened earlier today, or will happen tomorrow, but now. I will be introducing this way of being to students this year to help stress reduction, self-regulation and assist in learning. There will be varying degrees of introduction to different classes and in my friendship groups. The following video will be shown to some of our students primarily in grades 2-5. If you are interested in learning about Mindfulness, this might be helpful to you as well. Click below to see "It's a beautiful day, a short animation on mindfulness.
I have also used a website called Mind Yeti to explain the concept of clearing your mind. Mind Yeti describes Hub bubbles, which are thoughts, feelings and sensations that may overwhelm kids. I am using this to help explain the concept to our younger students. This site also includes some on line calming sessions that you can use at home. It has a free portion, but you do need to sign up to access some of the 3-5 minute videos to facilitate calming breathing and focusing and relaxing.
Peer Leaders will be available to demonstrate some Yoga/Breathing poses during March Mindfulness. The month dedicated to teaching Mindfulness strategies to students. Here are some of the poses that will be demonstrated. These poses are from Yoga 4 Classrooms .
For a list of meditation apps for kids www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/meditation-apps-for-kids
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