with Renee Metty
Learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the preschool/early childhood classroom. 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 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. 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 walk away with practical tools that you can use immediately yourself and with 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
A Mindfulness Facilitator, Consultant and Speaker, Renee Metty is the founder and CEO of With Pause, a company that designs and implements mindfulness based programming for business, schools and general audiences. With a M.Ed in Early Childhood and M.Ed in Special Education, Renee’s experience over the past 20 years in education ranges from birth to adulthood. She helps everyone from the home office to the C suite. She also founded a mindfulness-based, Montessori inspired preschool called The Cove School which serves children ages 2.5-5 years old. Renee helps you bring moments of pause into your day to increase focus and concentration, improve creativity and reduce your automatic pilot and manage stress. Within that pause lies possibility and in possibility there are many paths. She believes that one’s greatest asset is the quality of attention you bring to every aspect of your experience. Renee will help you cultivate more joy, engagement and connection in your life. She is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and loves seeing the shift of perspective in people’s experience. Her prior life includes a BS in Business Administration which led to 5 years plus in both Fortune 500 companies and a small startup during the dot-com boom. Renee attributes who and where she is to the people that have touched her life in big and small ways. Renee is most grateful for her parents, husband and 3 amazing little beings and considers them to be her greatest teachers. By nature, she is a doer, but continually works on being by maintaining a daily practice and going on several silent retreats a year.