Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 | 10:00 am-11:30 am
Young children are already in the moment, so let’s learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the preschool/early childhood classroom. As children get older a growing number of them lack self-regulation, impulse control, focus and concentration. By bringing awareness to their awareness at a young age we can strengthen this life skill that can be used throughout their lives. Let’s prepare them to be learning ready and better able to handle their experiences with a greater ease. These skills are essential both in school and life and can be learned in fun and exciting way. I will guide you through some mindfulness activities, specifically designed for our youngest children that will help you create optimal conditions for learning in the classroom.
Combining the senses and basic practices, you will learn how mindfulness can be easily integrated into whatever you are already doing in your day. These practices for children will also help you reconnect your mind and body. Your role as a teacher is paramount in this process.
Walk away practical tools that you can use immediately with yourself and your children to manage stress and promote self-regulation, learning readiness and a positive classroom environment. These developmentally appropriate practices will provide a renewed sense of hope for both you and your students. Through this interactive and experiential workshop, we will use sharing, pairs, small groups, games, mindfulness practices, stories and humor along with some didactic teaching to help deepen your understanding of mindfulness and how it can be integrated into your classroom.
- Demonstrate at least a dozen ways to integrate mindfulness with 2.5-6 year olds
- Identify developmentally appropriate ways to bring mindfulness to your class
- Describe the role of a teacher when introducing mindfulness to young children