Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. Research has indicated that mindfulness in school children may help to improve:
1. emotional well being.
2. learning and associated cognitive processes, such as attention, focus and executive function skills.
3. mental health.
4. physical health (reduction in blood pressure).
Many schools are adding mindfulness and yoga programs into their daily routine. Move with Me offers a wide variety of videos and flash cards to help you get started with a combination of mindfulness and yoga programs for young children. Here are some suggestions if you are working on:
- strengthening and balance – Body Series: 3 Yoga/Movement Story Videos for Strength, Flexibility & Balance.
- self control and focus – Mind Series: Yoga Story Videos for Focus, Self-Awareness & Self-Control.
- calming, confidence and self regulation – Heart Series: Yoga Story Videos for Calm, Caring & Confidence
- self regulation skills – Adventure Skills Self Regulation Flash Cards.
The best deal is on the complete bundle of 9 videos and flash cards. This can take care of your lesson planning for all of 2017!
Reference: Weare, Katherine (2012) Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People. Retrieved from the web on 12/9/16 at http://ift.tt/2h636CN