with Renee Metty and April Prescott
Appropriate for ages 2.5-6 years old as well as older children most of class will be interactive and taught using the participants as students. We will adapt to the audience.
Learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the early childhood classroom and beyond. Young children are already in the moment. However as children grow older many of them fail to develop more mature levels of self-regulation, impulse control, focus and concentration. By bringing awareness to their awareness at a young age we can strengthen skills that can be used throughout their lives. These skills are essential both in school and life and can be learned in fun and exciting way. Let’s prepare them to be learning ready and able to handle their experiences with a greater ease.
Participants will engage in mindfulness activities, specifically designed for early childhood and elementary age children that will help you discover how to teach the content beyond sitting and listening. Mindfulness can be playful and fun for children and adults. Combining the senses, movement and basic practices, you will learn how mindfulness can be easily integrated into whatever you are already doing in your day. Because your role as a teacher is paramount in this process, you will learn a 3 step framework to increase your presence. Ultimately , you will discover fun ways through the brain and body to use the next day in your classroom. These practical tools can be used immediately yourself and with your children to manage stress and promote self-regulation, learning readiness and a positive classroom environment. These developmentally appropriate practices using a trauma informed lens will provide a renewed sense of energy for both you and your students. Through this interactive and experiential workshop, we will have people moving around, developing new skills and interacting with each other and leaving you with brain and body full of knowledge you can use directly when returning home. Let’s have fun with mindfulness and movement!