Mindfulness: In school or at home, kids benefit greatly!
Mindfulness and the activities surrounding it are part of the growing conversation of today, but what is it exactly?
We like to define mindfulness as the art of being aware of the present. While that seems like a very huge task, it all comes down to being able to identify, and cope with, one’s own feelings, thoughts and actions.
It is an art everyone can benefit from, especially kids. In fact, there are many ways mindfulness positively impacts even the youngest minds.
Mindfulness teachings provide children with the skills necessary to react to a conflict in the best manner. By providing them with the ability to identify the emotion they are feeling and why they are feeling that way, we are then able to give them the tools needed to diffuse a problem effectively. This is a valuable skill that will follow them their entire life, in future academic, workplace and personal endeavours.
Stress, especially for children, is also problematic in its affects on their health. Stress often leads to anxiety and depression, which can follow them into adulthood and therefore should be managed early on. One of the ways mindfulness does this is through teaching introductory yoga and the basic skills to de-stress and relax.
Finally, mindfulness can aid in children’s ability to build their focus and attention. It can be difficult to get kids to sit still and be present, but even an activity like mindful breathing is a fun way for kids to focus on their current state and build this skill for future use.
Teaching mindfulness to students is an integral part of our curriculum at AHS.
A great example is, Sara Shinder, an educator who leads student and staff alike in regular mindfulness practices – lessons that can also be taken outside of school and practiced at home.
Please enjoy the downloadable AHS Mindfulness Activity pack below. The worksheets can be used to engage your children in these valuable tasks designed for lifelong success.
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Please feel free to reach out to us and share your questions and experiences!