10 ideas to teach kids mindfulness.

This blog, ’10 ideas to teach kids mindfulness’ was inspired through the parents from my Facebook Community: Mindfulness For Children.

 

We want our children to enjoy learning mindfulness and meditation. So it’s important that we keep it enjoyable. The following ideas are meant to help you do just that. These ideas have been generated through a group chat post, in response to the question:

 

What mindfulness and meditation exercises are you finding the kids are really enjoying?

  1. Guided Imagery meditation was mentioned the most times.

This meditation is best down laying down. The children learn to use their minds eye to create mental imagery. Ideas for a mind’s eyes journey may include cultivating a beautiful garden in our imagination; or walking through a forest; or along a beach.

Try this adult version for yourself: Mind’s eye meditation with Elizabeth Mulhane

 

2. Breathing exercises where they are laying down with a stuff toy resting on their belly.

This is a great exercise for helping them find their calm. We can use this when we want them to settle down.

 

3. Listening to guided recording from Annika Harris and Kinderling

Several parents are finding their children are enjoying listen to guided recordings with them.

 

4. Watching Cosmic Kids on YouTube received a few mentions.

Remember to only use screen time as an added extra, rather than a regular way to practice mindfulness.

 

5. Parents are finding that reading books on the topic of mindfulness are helping. For example, Alphabreaths by Christopher Willard .

 

6. Watching Mr Andrews is also growing in popularity. Andrew Jordan Nance has made a series of magical mindfulness videos that kids seem to really like: https://youtu.be/UXiHInp-K3g

 

7. Parents are enjoying practicing varies forms of yoga with their children as a way of practicing present moment awareness and slowing down.

 

8. Mindful nature walks was also mentioned as a very enjoyable practice for children.

 

9. Calm App (guided meditations) came up a few times with one brilliant parent suggesting it’s best used at bath time.

 

10. A lovely exercise from Helene Papillion: Looking around and finding hearts. The more we look, the more we see them! Then we send them to the people we love and those who need them.

 

I hope you find this list gives you a new sense of creativity towards cultivating different ways of bringing mindfulness into the lives of your children. Learning to practice with children is a wonderful way to commit to our own practice while also helping them cultivate theirs. Additionally, parents are finding that this time is becoming a wonderful bonding time.

 

Kind regards,

☕️ Elizabeth Mulhane

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Who is the course for:

  • This certified online mindfulness training for Childcare Teachers has been created specifically for Childcare educators. There is no prerequisite for this course. Anyone working in the childcare industry is welcome to enrol in the course to become an Internationally Accredited Mindfulness For Children Teacher. Additionally, students can join our private Facebook community for ongoing support and networking.
  • Due to the reviews the course is now available for School Teachers, therapists, psychologist and anyone wanted to teach mindfulness to children.

Learning objective:

  • Understand and practice the four foundations of mindfulness.
  • Gain a psychological understanding of ways of improving wellbeing within yourself and others.
  • Conceptualise the connection between mindfulness and the early years learning frameworks (EYLF).
  • Learn how to create your own mindfulness and meditation exercises.

Learning outcomes:

  • Awarded certification as an Internationally Accredited Mindfulness For Children Teacher
  • Have the confidence and practical skills to teach mindfulness to children.
  • Capable of integrating mindfulness into the EYLF.
  • Incorporating mindfulness living within your life and daily routine.
  • A deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.
  • An ability to increase wellbeing levels within yourself and others.

Course Outline: This course is awesome and meant to be enlightening and enjoyable!

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The course is designed to run over 8 weeks through an online course component and a 60 page downloadable workbook.

• Week 1 – Module 1. Mindfulness and Wellbeing
• Week 2 – Module 2. Implementing Mindfulness into your Centre
• Week 3 – Module 3. Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Movement
• Week 4 – Module 4. The Mind and the Self
• Week 5 – Module 5. Self-Inquiry and Compassion
• Week 6 – Module 6. The Mind’s Eye
• Week 7 – Module 7. Mindfulness, Sound and Sacred Geometry
• Week 8 – Module 8. Consciousness

 

The international standing that this course holds has been obtained through both the International Mindfulness and Meditation Alliance (IMMA) and Cpd Standards. This course and the 10-week creative play program that is also included can be used towards Teacher Identified PD (TIPD) within Australia. If you are not within Australia just check if you can also use this course towards your TIPD. Australia sets a very high standard, so you should be OK. Either way, simply holding this qualification will add to your resume and career opportunities.

This course is specifically designed to teach mindfulness and meditation to childcare teachers by incorporating a focus on the integration between mindfulness and the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Each week contains both the theoretical and practical components of learning mindfulness and various forms meditation. There is a quiz at the end of certain lectures to consolidate learning and students also need to complete practical assignments along the way. Nothing too difficult – just ensuring you are confident and competent to teach mindfulness and various forms of meditation to our children.

Throughout the course you will learn how to incorporate mindful living into every day life for yourself and your children. That is, the course is designed to maximize wellbeing through teaching ways of living mindfully, rather than simply adding another thing to do to the list of things to do. And throughout the course there is a strong focus on developing YOU… and your knowledge… and ability to meditate. The deep understanding that you will come away with from this course is designed to maximize your own flourishing and your ability to create creative sessions for children to enjoy using the principles of different styles of understanding wellbeing, meditation and movement.

The course also includes an additional bonus program/s: A 10 week mindfulness based creative play (MBCP) program to use within your centre (that shows you how to integrate the early years learning framework). This program was design to scaffold your ability to integrate mindfulness and meditation into creative and educational programs for children. That is, you can run the program and also use it as a framework for creating new mindfulness based educational programs. Additionally, the program also provides teachers with a separate booklet of mindfulness and meditation scripts and a separate craft booklet. Furthermore, the 10 week MBCP program aligns itself with an additional 10 week well being program to be ran in the home by parents.Overall, this research based program has been designed to create flourishing within our children through promoting education, mindfulness and ways of improving wellbeing, both within the centre and the home.

You will also received personalised feedback on your assignments and private one on one mentoring. I connect with my students via zoom, Facebook messenger, or phone (if you’re living within Australia). Learning through private mentoring, from someone with years of practical and theoretical experience is an necessary ingredient if you are wanting to gain a deep understanding within this field, of how to practice and also teach mindfulness and various forms of meditation, for promoting flourishing. It’s also important to remain part of a community of like minded people – that have the fullness of this teaching – so you can always reach out, share ideas and discuss how you’re going.

 

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Note about me: When you study with me, be assured that I will also be available after you have gained your certification, to continue to guide and support your growth through our private Facebook group. I have always been passionate about my meditation journey, and my personal growth towards attaining continuous stages of enlightenment. My passion for learning, and also wanting to understand myself and others has lead me to studied every religion. And I am also passionate about art (holding a Cert.in Fine Art, with two years full time training) and enjoy informally studying various fields of science. Additionally, you will be learning from a genuine practitioner that has over 30 years of meditation (including fully awakened kundalini) and fasting experience (including a 40 day/night fast) which has lead to further develop my various spiritual gifts. I also enjoy various forms of movement, including dance, yoga, Tai Chi and traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu (which included 12 months of full time training). Furthermore, I have also completed a B.Psychological Science (including an Honours degree) (2A) – receiving distinction for a 2 part thesis on improving wellbeing through mindfulness and sound; gained post grad mindfulness teacher training through the Wollongong Nan Tien Institute of Higher Education & Emory University, (SEE Learning). And I also have plenty of experience teaching children, raising 5 of my own and being a grandmother of 2. I have taught clay play and mindfulness in Childcare’s, and taught children aged 5 to 12 years through after school sessions at Sydney Montessori, where I implemented a science club, a chess club and arts and craft sessions. And I was a Cub Scout Leader for Scouts Australia for 4 years (completing all the leader training modules and various certifications over the years). Currently, I am still working with children on a one on one basis, using my flourishing program to continue to develop programs to share with my private community. A version of the 10 week flourishing program is freely available via our public

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Kind regards,

Elizabeth Mulhane B.PsySc(Hons)

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www.mindfulnessforchildren.com.au