Teach kids ways they can practice mindfulness at school.
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.
Select an item from your desk and model exactly how you want students to apply mindfulness by intentionally noticing how the item looks, feels, smells, sounds, etc. Ask students what they noticed about how you were being mindful.
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Mindful at School
Present the first slide from the slideshow. Ask students to pick an item close by. Mindfully examine it. What do they notice?
How to Be Mindful at School
Tell students that mindfulness is when you pause and focus on the present moment. Explain that there are many times during the school day when they can be mindful to help themselves greet others, manage mood, calm down, or get their minds ready for learning.
Check for Understanding: What can you do to be mindful at home? (Students give examples of purposefully paying attention to breathing, feelings, senses, or actions in the present moment.)
What Mindful Choices can Kids Make?
Print sets of the Mindful Moments cards for students to store in their desk and use when they want a mindful moment.
Set a time during the day for a mindful moment so students can choose an activity from their set of Mindful Moments cards.
Time: 20 Minutes