Why Mindfulness is Good for Kids | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Why Mindfulness is Good for Kids

Kids will learn that being mindful will help them to notice their feelings and emotions, which in-turn, helps them to manage stress, control impulses, and motivate themselves to make healthy choices.

Objectives

  • Differentiate between actions that are mindful and actions that are not mindful.
  • Describe the benefits of being mindful.

Lesson Plan

This unit helps a child to understand and practice mindfulness. To practice mindfulness is to purposefully pay attention to your breathing, feelings, senses, or actions in the present moment. When a child is mindful, they increase their ability to regulate emotions, manage stress, and self-motivate. Print the Mindful Moments cards and  fitFlow yoga cards to practice mindfulness with your students.

Set The Stage

Ask kids to share a time and place when they were mindful (paused to focus on the present moment).

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Captivate

Mindful

Present the slides to students. Ask them to identify if the scenario describes a person being mindful (paying attention on purpose) or not being mindful.

Educate

Benefits of Being Mindful

Explain that being mindful helps a child recognize their feelings and emotions, which in-turn helps them make healthy choices. Being mindful also supports self-control and helps manage stress.

Check for Understanding: What are the benefits of being mindful? (Answers may vary to include: manage stress, control impulses, and motivate themselves to make healthy choices.)

Activate

Relax

Present the two mindful moment activities (body scan and breathing exercise). Pause and allow students time to independently complete the activity of their choice. If time allows, do both!

Close the Lesson

Today we learned that when you are mindful you are doing good things for your body and brain. Name a time you can pause for a mindful moment and do a breathing exercise or body scan.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts -Promote Mental and Emotional Health
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

  • Play Greetings from the fitGames series for kids to practice ways to be mindful when greeting one another.
  • Read about Breathing Techniques to help your students relax and become more mindful of their choices.
  • Read about how you can help kids be more mindful of their choices with the cue "Think fit. Be fit!"

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