Mindfulness Practice for 7 - 12 yr olds
Mindfulness is a life skill.
It is the practice of focusing your attention on your senses, thoughts and emotions, noticing your experiences, without over identifying with them.
This mindfulness course for children builds on, improves and enhances their existing strengths by teaching powerful techniques to enable them to become less anxious and more focused.
By becoming more aware of their bodies and their thinking, children can learn to calm and soothe themselves, to focus when they need to, and to become aware of the messages in their emotions.
We will teach Mindfulness skills which enable children to learn ways to recognize when their attention has wandered as well as tools for impulse control. Rather than defining the word Mindfulness, we will plant the seeds of mindfulness by inviting the children to feel their experience first - to find their own still, quiet place within and to experience playful fun as they learn.
Parents are invited to attend several sessions during the term so the children can share what they are learning.
This course follows the evidenced based curriculum of Mindful Schools. A 10 week course which builds progressively on Mindfulness skills each week.
Students will receive a Mindfulness Activity book and a certificate upon completion of the course.
The growing body of research on mindfulness in school-based contexts reveals the following list of core benefits:
Better Focus and Concentration
Increased Sense of Calm
Decreased Stress and Anxiety
Improved Impulse Control
Increased Self Awareness
Skillful Responses to Difficult Emotions
Increased Empathy and Understanding of Others
Development of Natural Conflict Resolution Skills
Facilitated by Carmen Benton founder of Mindful Ed.
Carmen is a former school teacher, parent, and is founder of Mindful Ed, a Dubai based company which focuses on the teaching ex pat and local families the social and emotional skills needed for the 21st century.
Mindful Ed Afterschool Activity Programme:
Mindfulness by Mindful Ed
Best taught in three age groups:
Year 1 – Year 3
Years 4 – 6
Years 7 - 10
A series of weekly stand-alone classes that build on each other. These classes are best suited to 45 min or 1 hour sessions for 8 – 10 weeks. These classes are suitable for groups of 10 – 25 students.
The afterschool programme will follow the Mindful Schools Curriculum with additional activities from the Mind UP curriculum and adaptations for the international school model and be run by Carmen Benton, the founder of Mindful Ed.
The focus of each week for Years 1 - 6:
Introduction - Mindful Bodies & Listening
Mindfulness of Breathing - Finding your Base
Heartfulness - Sending Kind Thoughts
Mindfulness of Breathing - Staying at your base
Heartfulness - Generosity
Heartfulness - Kind and Caring on the Playground
Emotions - Creating Space or Show Me, Tell Me
Gratitude - Looking for the Good Week Seven:
Weeks Eight to Ten
Mindfulness Check Ins
Mindfulness Extra activities
Each session consists of two short practical lessons, and time for reflective recording in a Mindfulness journal.
Mindfulness After-School Activity Programme
Please contact Carmen at MIndful Ed to learn more or book a course for your school or nursery
Learn more about Mindfulness in Schools Programmes offered by Mindful Ed.
Download of a copy of Mindfulness Practice for 7 - 12 year olds