Mindful Kids is a mindfulness class for 7 to 11 year olds it is designed to introduce core foundations of mindfulness in simple, practical and fun ways. Mindfulness essentially is the practice of training the brain to be present. It is a secular practice, which involves paying attention to what is happening, as it happens and doing so with an attitude of kindness, acceptance, and non-judgment.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Research indicates that brain training involving mindfulness practices can strengthen areas of the brain responsible for attention, emotional control, and problem solving
- Improves listening skills, attention, concentration and focus
- Builds resilience
- Reduces reactivity to emotions such as anxiety, fear and anger
- Fosters a growth mindset
- Enhances social skills, such as empathy and compassion leading to improved social relations
Classes are offered 4 times a week (each session requires a min of 5 children to run and has a max of 15) and each class session runs for 5 weeks
Jan 19 - Feb 16 Thursdays 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Jan 19 - Feb 16 Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Jan 21 - Feb 18 Saturdays 9:00am - 10:15am
Jan 21 - Feb 18 Saturdays 10:30 - 11:45am
Classes are made up of 5 lessons that are 75min long introducing and exploring 8 tenets of mindfulness. Focusing first on intention, attention and attitude. As the course progresses, children then learn to cultivate gratitude, handle difficult thoughts and emotions, and finally develop kindness towards themselves and others.
Structure Of The Program
Mindful Kids can be broken down into 8 tenets: intention, attention, attitude, gratitude, resilience, kindness to self, kindness to others, and practice.
Mindfulness begins with the inner decision to be aware of thoughts and feelings without judgment. The children learn how the brain works and why paying attention to the present moment can be of benefit to them.
The ability to keep ones attention in the present moment is fundamental to mindfulness. To gain a better understand of attention we explore how our can tend to wander and how that might affect our experiences. The children begin training their attention to be present.
Is an expression of favour or disfavour towards a person, place, fact or emotion and directly affects our experiences. Learning the value of non-reactivity, we introduce curiosity and the concept of the beginner’s mind.
Is the practice of recognizing and appreciating the opportunities of happiness and wellbeing that are available to us in the present moment.
Is the art of handling difficult emotions, thoughts and mind-states with wisdom, courage and awareness. We also begin to explore the concept that thoughts are not facts and that our thoughts are affected by our feelings.
KINDNESS TO SELF
The children are cultivating an attitude of acceptance and kindness towards themselves. We explore what is meant by acceptance and kindness and how we can be kind to ourselves in practical ways.
KINDNESS TO OTHERS
Building on the understanding that everybody wants to be happy the children begin to explore empathy and how it leads to compassion. We begin to explore this concept through acts of kindness to others.
Reflecting on the previous lessons the children have the opportunity to creatively express all they have learned and develop a plan to put that learning in to use in a way they can personally own and be proud of.