Mindfulness in education
We know mindfulness is good for us. Mindfulness allows us to be present in the moment.
Mindfulness is also good for our kids.
Mindfulness awareness exercises help children develop concentration. Mindfulness can also help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.
So how can we teach mindfulness to kids?
Mindfulness is a big word for kids so we can start by telling them to start noticing thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and anything that is around us and happening right now.
One sensation we can start by noticing is our breath. Young children may find the instruction focus on your breath hard to follow so a ‘breathing buddy’ exercise is more appropriate. Children place a stuffed animal of their choice on their bellies while lying on their backs. They watch the rise and fall of the animal as they take each breath.
We have been working on noticing our breathing several times a week and have started to be able to sustain the exercise for up to three minutes. Maybe you can also practice at home.