A little mindfulness can go a long way. ——Deputy Head of Pre-Prep，Ms Danielle Curran
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a beautiful and calming technique that offers gentle skills for kindness, focus and calm. Through mindfulness we can help children build empathy, manage everyday emotions and have fun as a way to become more content and happier! Part of our teaching philosophy is not only to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for our children to flourish, but, also to take home a wide range of abilities to help them develop their physical, social and emotional skills.
Through mindfulness practice we can attempt to teach children how to live in the present moment. In order to live in the present moment we must help them to recognise the beauty of each day, of everything as well as every moment. One way to do this is to encourage children to pay close attention to the present moment, and approach each moment with kindness and patience.
How do we teach children to become mindful?
· We can teach children to be mindful by noticing their breathing, focusing their attention, expanding their awareness and by being patient even when things seem hard.
How can children benefit from becoming mindful?
·Focus - strengthen their minds.
·Wake up their brains, build concentration and sharpen their sensory awareness.
·Open their hearts - accept life with kindness. Encourage them to feel a sense of self-acceptance and connection to the world.
·Rest and relax - unwind and relax. Help children to unwind their tangles. Reflect, relax and ease their busy minds.
Here at King’s School children are provided with opportunities to participate in practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness-being awake and fully aware. From engaging in mindfulness techniques, to washing our hands, and eating food, we can remind our children that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.