Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness is increasing in popularity every day. The government are promoting Mindfulness as an affordable and sustainable practice to prevent mental health conditions developing. They see this as a perfect antidote to relieve the stresses of modern life that results in anxiety and depression that can be implemented into any institute. Mindfulness for schools and mindfulness for education is seen as the next big area that is being focussed on by government as they recognise how much this sector needs it.

It is sad to say that one of the most stressful environments is schools. Children have enormous pressure placed on them from an early age to perform well in exams and think about their future career. The teachers have a bigger workload to manage these expectations often having to work over their scheduled hours to complete paperwork that shows they are meeting targets. All this leads to an environment that is not healthy for mental health. This is why it is essential that mindfulness is brought into schools … not only for the children but also for the teachers. If the teachers are less stressed then they will be a more positive influence on the children they teach. They will also be able to manage their workload better as a recent study showed that mindfulness training increased concentration which meant those in stressful situations were better able to focus. At Satis, we are working with teachers to provide training in mindfulness so they can reduce stress for themselves, learn how to practice mindfulness with their colleagues and teach mindfulness to their students.  To find out more please contact john@satis.org.uk.

There are plenty of established resources to help school children access mindfulness. Below is listed some of the most popular and well established programmes for school children. there are also plenty of free resources that can be access through a quick google search. Like the below video.

 

Mindfulness in Education

The Mindfulness in Schools Project provides resources for schools in line with the National Healthy Schools Programme. The syllabus stands on its own as a teaching guide to Wellbeing. Their programme .b, pronounced [dot-be], stands for ‘Stop, Breathe and Be!’ is the name for the range of courses created to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness in schools. For more information visit: http://mindfulnessinschools.org/

The Youth Mindfulness Kids programme is a 16-lesson introduction to mindfulness for 7 to 11 year olds comprising fun games, engaging videos, and kinesthetic activities, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. The 16 one-hour lessons build up sequentially, introducing and exploring new facets of mindfulness with each lesson. The first six lessons focus on cultivating the foundations of mindfulness: intention, attention and attitude. As the course progresses, children then learn to cultivate gratitude, handle difficult thoughts and emotions, and finally develop kindness towards themselves and others. The purpose of the programme is for qualities such as awareness, empathy, kindness, compassion, and joy to become living realities in the lives of young children as well as embedded in their classroom community. For more information visit: youthmindfulness.org/ym-kids-programme/

Connected-with-Myself is Mind With Heart’s programme introducing teenagers to mindfulness and awareness. As well as experimenting with tools for cultivating emotional health, students are invited to ask where they turn for well-being, and how they can come to know themselves in order to ‘get the best’ out of who they are. Mind with Heart is an international education charity based in London. Their mission is to equip young people and their teachers with the skills needed to develop well-being, emotional intelligence and a more sustainable society. For more information visit: http://mindwithheart.org

MindUP™ is a unique ‘whole school programme’ grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology, activated by mindful awareness and a catalyst for social emotional learning. The model of training and support for schools is evidence based and supports effective implementation that is sustainable and has long term impact. MindUP™’s pioneering programme aimed at 4 to 13 year olds, is one of the first to champion Brain Education with the aim of empowering children to know and understand themselves, to be able to self regulate their emotional state and focus their attention. The 15 lessons help students develop an understanding of others, to build positive relationships based on tolerance, compassion and empathy. MindUP™ nurtures a growth mindset, fosters happiness and optimism, all grounded in the science of neuroplasticity. www.uk.mindup.org