top of page

Mindfulness Redefined for the Modern Student

My Mindful Class

How to Teach Mindfulness to a Child


My Mindful Class Happy Student
My Mindful Class

Is Teaching Mindfulness to a Child, is easier than you think?


You might as well try to catch a cloud with a net, right? Wrong! Teaching mindfulness to children isn't like trying to pin jelly to a wall. It's more like planting seeds in a garden - it takes patience, care, and a bit of know-how. So, let's get our hands dirty and start planting, metaphorically speaking, of course.


Start Small and Simple


Have you ever tried to get a kid to sit still for more than a minute? We know that sometimes it can feel like you're trying to herd cats. Introducing mindfulness to young children in lower elementary grades requires a mix of creativity, simplicity, and engagement. Begin with short, engaging activities. Think 'mindfulness minute' instead of 'hour of stillness.' The goal is for kids to focus their attention on something specific and to become aware and focused for a set amount of time. To be present with their attention. Attention is captured when one of our five senses is activated: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Start with a small amount of time and use a timer with a gentle sound. You could even turn it into a game - 'Can you listen and tell me when you hear the sound of the bell?' Keep it fun, keep it playful.



Use Everyday Moments


Eating an apple? Talk about the taste, the texture, the crunch. Walking to school? Notice the colors of the leaves, the feel of the breeze. It’s about adding zest to the mundane, turning the daily routine into a series of "aha" moments. Brushing teeth can transform into noticing the bristles' sensation, the foam's flavor, and the sound of water swirling down the sink. Waiting in line becomes an opportunity to observe thoughts and feelings, breathe deeply, and find calm in the chaos. Each moment, no matter how ordinary, holds the potential for mindfulness. By embedding this practice into daily life, children learn to appreciate the present, cultivate gratitude, and manage their emotions with grace. This approach not only enriches their lives but can also sprinkle a little magic into the routine, making every day an adventure in awareness.



Storytime with a Twist


Kids indeed adore stories, their minds ripe for the vibrant worlds and adventures that books can unfold. To infuse mindfulness into storytime, enrich this experience by integrating sensory exploration, making it a feast for their imagination. After reading a book, take the journey deeper. Engage in discussions about the characters’ emotions and predicaments, encouraging empathy and emotional awareness.



Mindful Class Teacher Story Time
My Mindful Class Story Time

But why stop at emotions? Dive into the sensory details that make the story's world tick. Ask questions like, "What do you think the forest smelled like in the story? Can you imagine the sound of the leaves rustling as the character walked through?" Use descriptive language to paint a vivid picture, encouraging them to close their eyes and visualize the scene, enhancing their imaginative and sensory skills.


To take it a step further, you can incorporate tangible sensory activities related to the story. Reading a book about the ocean? Bring in shells to touch or play sounds of the sea waves. A story set in a bakery? Maybe have some flour for them to feel or the scent of spices to sniff. This approach not only makes the story come alive in high definition for their imagination but also grounds their mindfulness practice in the physical senses, fostering a deep connection to the present moment.


This immersive method of storytelling not only entertains but also educates, teaching children to be mindful observers of their inner and outer worlds. It cultivates a habit of noticing details, appreciating the richness of their sensory experiences, and developing a keen awareness of emotions — their own and those of others. It transforms storytime from a passive activity into an interactive exploration, sparking curiosity and joy in learning about the world and themselves.



Daily Small Practice


When it comes to mindfulness for kids, simplicity and engagement are the most effective tools. Starting small with activities that capture their attention and ignite their senses lays the foundation for a mindful awareness that can flourish alongside them. From the mindfulness minute to sensory-rich storytimes, each activity serves as a stepping stone toward cultivating a deeper presence and appreciation for the world around them.


Everyday moments, from eating an apple to walking to school, can transform into extraordinary opportunities for mindfulness. It's these small, consistent practices that integrate mindfulness seamlessly into the fabric of daily life, teaching children to live with awareness, empathy, and a profound sense of curiosity.


By transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary and embracing the playful and imaginative, we guide children on their journey of mindful learning. You're not just teaching them a skill; you're giving them a compass for navigating life's richness with open hearts and mindful minds. One child and one moment at a time, we can inspire a generation to embrace mindfulness, enriching their lives and those around them.



 

Below, try out a 5-minute Morning Affirmation video, to start the day on a positive note.







Comments


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page