Here, at Stamford Park Infant School, we place great importance on the well-being of our children and the adults who work here. We recognise how a healthy body and mind help us to be calmer, happier and to achieve more.
Each day the children are immersed in mindful practises: daily affirmations, mindful breathing and simple yoga routines. They also experience guided mediation several times a week. In addition, as part of our PE provision, the children also have a series of fun yoga sessions with an experienced yoga instructor.
Some Benefits of Practising Mindfulness Regularly
By practising calming techniques on a regular basis, when children (and adults) struggle with emotions, they have the resources to self-regulate, such as using mindful breathing. In addition, by using mindfulness regularly, their ‘monster’ emotions are less likely to flare out of control. By practising when they are calm, it is easier to use the skills when they are not.
In Spring 2019, our children and staff enjoyed their first Mindfulness Day, with the focus on ‘Caring for yourself and others’. In Summer 2019, the children experienced another special day, with the focus on ‘Calmness’. A few photographs can be found, below, in our gallery.
Enjoying Mindfulness at Home
Why not ask your child to teach you some yoga or mindful breathing? Ask them what that day’s class affirmation is, or choose your own for you all to use. Affirmations are easy to include and are effective in changing our mind set from negative to positive. Gratitude, in particular, has this effect. You could even develop your own little calming area at home.
Resources and Links
Below are some resources and links that you might like explore, in order to develop mindfulness at home and enjoy the benefits there too.
http://www.relaxkids.com/calendar – for a monthly free affirmation calendar and free parent pack.
This school uses some of the Relax Kids Guided Meditation books and CDs, which are lovely for your child to relax to at bedtime. Please speak to Mrs Graham for age appropriate Relax Kids resources, should you wish to purchase any from the Relax Kids website store or other online shopping sources, such as Amazon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HrkXT5Bc9E – relaxing music for children
An extract from A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard Shared with the Children During Mental Health Week:
It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn't heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore's stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.
"Hello Eeyore," said Pooh.
"Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet," said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.
"We just thought we'd check in on you," said Piglet, "because we hadn't heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay."
Eeyore was silent for a moment. "Am I okay?" he asked, eventually. "Well, I don't know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That's what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven't bothered you. Because you wouldn't want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now."
Pooh looked at Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.
Eeyore looked at them in surprise. "What are you doing?"
"We're sitting here with you," said Pooh, "because we are your friends. And true friends don't care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are."
"Oh," said Eeyore. "Oh." And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.
Because Pooh and Piglet were There.
No more; no less.
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