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Mindfulness

Pause, Breathe, SmileWhy Mindfulness?

As we all try to navigate these new days as parents, we are encountering unique challenges. Our routines are altered, our plans adapted and our children a bit unsettled.

Our district understands the adversity students and parents are facing and we would like to support parents however we can.

One of the most effective paths is through a program called mindfulness. The goal of mindfulness is to assist in self-regulating our emotional state through maintaining a present moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, physical state, and surrounding environment with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance.

Mindfulness Sessions - Video

Resources

 

Websites

Mindful Schools

Mindfulness for Teens

Mindful.org

 

Ted Talks

All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes: Andy Puddicombe

Why Aren't We Teaching Mindfulness?: AnneMarie Rossi

 

Podcasts

10% Happier with Dan Harris

 

Apps

Calm (subscription needed)

Insight Timer (free)

Breathe (free)

Headspace (subscription needed)

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids (in-app purchases)

 

Recommended Books

Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn (add Amazon link)

10% Happier by Dan Harris (add Amazon link)

The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland (add Amazon link)

The Mindful Teen by Dzung Vo M.D. (add Amazon link)

Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nhat Hanh (add Amazon link)

The Way of Mindful Education by Daniel Rechtschaffen (add Amazon link)

 

Recommended Childrens' Books

I Am Peace; A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde (ages 4-8) (add Amazon link)

Sitting Still Like a Frog; Mindfulness Exercises for Kids by Eline Snel (ages 5-12) (add Amazon link)

Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey (4-8) (add Amazon link)

Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance (3-7) (add Amazon link)

5-Minute Mindfulness Meditations for Teens by Nicole Liben (add Amazon link)