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Practicing Mindfulness in Early Childhood

Practicing Mindfulness in Early Childhood
  • Academics
Marisa Fujinaka, Early Childhood Teacher

Since the first day of school, students in Early Childhood have been immersed in daily mindfulness exercises. This year, Early Childhood teachers are being guided by the Calm Classroom curriculum and implementing moments of mindfulness throughout the day. 

When students and teachers take short breaks throughout the day to relax and re-energize their bodies and minds, the classroom community thrives. Research shows that the more we practice wellness techniques in a safe and structured environment, the stronger our brain’s wiring becomes for caring, composure and calm.

Calm Classroom is composed of breathing, stretching, relaxation and focusing techniques. Mindful breathing, focusing on our five senses, expressing gratitude, befriending our emotions and physical symptoms are just some of the exercises students have practiced throughout the year. Being mindful is, at its core, the ability to sustain a focused awareness on the present moment, and fortunately, children are uniquely suited to benefit from this type of practice. Habits formed early in life will inform behaviors in adulthood, and with mindfulness, we have the opportunity to give our students the habit of being peaceful, kind, and accepting. 

Their teachers love seeing the class embrace this mindful approach to life and are excited to see their inspiration grow each day!

   

 

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