Week 1: Welcome to mindfulness! More about what mindful skill your child was introduced to in just a moment. First, what is mindfulness and what does it look like?
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the current moment. Our children today live in a fast-paced world with a lot of stimuli, and this can create a sense of distraction, upset, feeling overwhelmed, and more. Mindfulness is a tool that teaches them to attune to their own bodies and minds. We will be visiting one skill in mindfulness weekly and we will communicate that skill to you in our weekly newsletter. Sarah Shoemaker, our 5-8th grade Associate Director, will be visiting the class for twenty minutes a week to introduce the new skill, and then we’ll practice it and talk about it as a class community throughout the week. Watch our skills build over the next fifteen weeks!
This week, we reviewed concepts from 5th grade in a general sense and talked about responding vs. reacting. As we practice mindfulness, our reactions/responses become more emotionally informed and regulated. The transfer of the skills practiced in a seated, controlled setting, research shows, carries over naturally into our day-to-day experiences.
Remember, mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening. As adults, we never coerce a child into cooperation with mindfulness or shame a child for any inability to sustain mindfulness. We just practice and notice what happens. We applaud the effort itself.
Here is a link to one resource that will help you to learn more about mindfulness in education if you are interested (Evergreen has no affiliation with this organization, it is just an informative web page.) Keep an eye out for more parent resources as we continue our mindfulness curriculum.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s lead teacher or Sarah. Sarah completed the Mindfulness Fundamentals and Curriculum Training courses through MindfulSchools.org and has been trained in the curriculum that your child is receiving. Here is a link to a Mindful Schools video with examples of classroom activities similar to what we will be doing. .