Mindfulness in the Early Childhood Classroom

What is it?

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.”
—Jon Kabat Zinn: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Student Definition: Noticing what’s happening right now

Research demonstrates that this way of paying attention enhances both academic & social emotional learning.

What it is not

  • Religion
  • Being calm
  • Absence of thought
  • Discipline
  • A magic bullet

Why practice mindfulness?

  •  Self-awareness
  •  Emotional balance
  •  Impulse control
  •  Focus

Who can benefit from mindfulness?

Teachers, Children, Parents

 

Curriculum includes

  • An introduction to the benefits of mindfulness in a fun & developmentally appropriate way
  • Mindful listening exercises to improve focus & attention skills
  • Mindfulness strategies to help children become more resilient to stress/anxiety and be better prepared to learn
  • Mindful breathing techniques to develop self-regulation & executive functioning skills
  • Mindfulness activities to build empathy & friendship skills

 

Further reading:


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