This course will provide step-by-step, fun and practical exercises that you can do with your children (wee ones, little kids and big kids) to improve their (and your) mindfulness.
It has been proven that being more mindful allows us to enjoy life more without it flashing by ever so quickly, always wondering where the time went. We fall into daily habits which result in us not being present for our own lives. By being aware of our thoughts and actions, our "autopilot mode" switches off and we begin noticing things we haven't noticed before. We finally "wake-up" and focus our attention to all that is going on around us.
If we can instil this practice in our children, they will benefit in numerous ways. Being more mindful means children are
and more in control of their own lives.
How does one become more mindful? By practising. That's what this course is about. The fun and easy-to-do practice exercises with your child will enhance their (and your) mindfulness. As you work through the lessons, you will notice a positive difference in your child's attitude and performance. Each lesson comes with a .pdf summarising the practices shown in each of the videos.
Focusing on breathing is the most basic route towards mindfulness. This session shows you how to practice breath exercises with your child and to develop the foundation for mindfulness.
Mindful listening allows us to focus our attention on sounds everywhere. This session enhances childrens' mindful awareness through excellent listening exercises.
In this session, children pay close attention to the experience of seeing. Mindful seeing expands our routine task of observing the world to visually distinguishing precise details, noticing the beauty in all things.
Instead of gulping down food and not really enjoying it, mindful eating allows children (and us) to taste and savour every bite. This sessions has children using all their senses to become more aware of the eating process.
Mindful smelling allows children to become more aware of their surroundings by noticing scents and relating them to past experiences. The exercises provided here will help enhance your child's sense of smell.
Mindful moving is placing focus and attention to what your body is doing during movement. The fun exercises in this session will have your child notice how their body feels during specific actions.
Having gratitude allows children (and us) to be modest and respectful. The practice exercises in this session will help your child understand the importance of being grateful and to realise what they have.
Performing acts of kindness makes children (and us) feel better. This session shows practical acts of kindness that children can do for others and in return, feel happier themselves.
Thank you participating in this course. I hope it has taught you that mindfulness benefits everyone in both mental and physical well-being.
*Music Credit: "Friends and Memories", CactuStudios, 2016
As an educator for adults and children for over 20 years, I have learned how to deliver material in a way that makes students learn with ease.
My teaching style promotes active-learning – an approach to teaching in which students become engaged in a lesson. In contrast to a standard mode of instruction where teachers do most of the talking and students are passive, active-learning has students doing/thinking/talking about the material, not listening to someone else talk about it.
I have outstanding creativity and innovation in delivering course material to students; I put into practice what works best to motivate and enrich students’ understanding of the topic. As a result, I have a strong commitment to develop instructional strategies that foster optimal student learning.
I am extremely hard working, intelligent, enthusiastic and very well organised. My leadership skills are impeccable and I have a great rapport with my students and colleagues. I also present as a sincere, friendly, and non-judgemental person who is likeable and responsible. I am continuously growing as a teacher and my goal is to always increase my knowledge of learning theories and instructional strategies that are effective in teaching others.