Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment and without judgement. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Practicing mindfulness is increasingly being used way in educational
settings to meet childrens, and educators, social-emotional needs.
In this busy world we live in, learning about and practicing mindfulness is a way of helping children (and ourselves) to weather the inevitable storms that arise and find a way to truly enjoy life.
But it's more than that for me. I believe a good Mindfulness programme will teach children about the workings of their brain and offer them useable skills to settle their minds when needed. Brain science tells us that neural pathways are being formed throughout childhood and adolescence. A repetitive practice, such as mindful breathing and attentive listening, can help our tamariki strengthen these neural pathways and teach them concrete skills to self-regulate and focus their attention.
I offer mindfulness work for kids, teens and educators in a number of ways, including:
the MindUP™ Programme in educational settings (click here for more information about MindUP™)
professional development for educators of children of any age and in any setting: ECE (in-home or centre-based), primary schools, intermediates or colleges
an information session for parents and/or professionals about my Mindfulness for Kids work, addressing what mindfulness is and isn’t, why it’s important for kids and what my work involves
consultation, supervision, assessment and support for educational settings implementing a mindfulness programme
distance teaching of my Mindulness for Kids work which includes resources and support as educators embed this in their educational setting.
Mindful teaching + learning:
improves children’s self-control and self-regulation skills
strengthens children’s resilience and decision- making
bolsters children’s enthusiasm for learning
increases children’s academic success
reduces peer-to-peer conflict
develops children’s positive social skills such as empathy, compassion, patience and generosity.
The MindUP™ Curriculum
Mindfulness work usually takes place in your organisation or setting but this is negotiable. Skype calls and distance work are also possible.
Read more About Me and my Guiding Principles.
Please Contact Me to find out my availability + rates.
Ultimately the winds of life will blow.
Mindfulness is knowing something about
this and how to work with it.