Our Mindful Time mission statement:
To build emotional resilience in children by using mindfulness. Teaching positive life skills that develop well-being.
As children grow it is important that we teach them skills of mindfulness so they understand their emotions, feel safe, and can manage to stay calm when things get more challenging. This will help them to self-regulate their behaviour. Try the free app Cove.
By helping children know the techniques to help them regulate their emotions and help them recognize their trigger points, children are empowered and can ask for help, use their calming space, express how they feel, ask for help, or move themselves away from the situation.
By teaching children mindfulness at an early age, the techniques will become embedded and will come naturally. So children who are familiar with mindfulness will be able to use such techniques such as palming, using a calming jar, or an emotional fan to express their emotions will find it easy to use them at a time of heightened emotion, helping them to gain control faster. Check out my story.
young people are no strangers to stress. From an early age, they experience stress from a range of sources. For some stress goes hand in hand with the pressure to achieve; for others, it is prompted by economic hardship, poor nutrition and for some, it may be linked with emotional deprivation. Life is busy and parent/carers, school staff do not always have the time to give children opportunities to express their feelings or explore problem-solving. Children often cope with several problems at once and suffer from stress. It is our responsibility to help children develop the positive life skills that mindfulness can bring.
The Mindful Time programme:
The frog was chosen because the children learn that sitting still like a frog can be calming. Frogs can sit still and yet remain alert to their surroundings. A frog can also move quickly and be active when it wants to or needs to.
There are 4 main areas to be covered within the scheme. Each of them will encourage children to be mindful, to develop self-regulation, increase self-esteem and positivity amongst themselves and others.
Mindful time should be taught by introducing basic breathing activities first.
These are very practical and visual
Following the breathing, activities come the short and simple focus activities.
At the beginning of every focus activity, an opportunity is made for children to express their feelings.
An essential part of self-regulation is to be able to express one’s feelings, even when they may be upset, scared, worried, frightened etc. children learn that these emotions will change and breathing and being mindful can help them.
The kindness activities are designed to promote love for oneself and for others. This can be for the school community, the local community and the world. When young children are stressed they need to know they will be loved and supported by their peers, and familiar adults.
Gratitude is an important aspect of mindfulness. To be grateful helps one to be happy. Children learn to be grateful for things they have, for people around them that help them, love them, for their achievements, for having the skills to ask for help when they need it etc.
Mindful Time is an effective programme created for young children with educators, parents/carers in mind. Check out all our services here.
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