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Calmer Choice for Children and Students

Early Elementary Video Curriculum (preK-2nd)


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Here is the class outline:

1. Lesson 1- A Very Good Place To Start

In lesson one we set the stage for the 16 week program on mindfulness. Students learn what mindful awareness means and practice listening to the bell.

2. Lesson 2- Do You Hear What I Hear?

In today's lesson we focus on mindfulness of sound, and how to sit in a proper mindful posture.

3. Lesson 3: Every Breath You Take

Lesson 3 introduces students to the idea of using their breath as a focus of mindful awareness. This lesson begins with some curiosity, so no need to prepare them ahead of time!

4. Lesson 4: Keep Breathing

Today will continue their investigation of breath practices with fun experimentation.

5. Lesson 5: Gotta Love That Brain

Lesson 5 is about the brain. Students explore the prefrontal cortex (wise owl) and the amygdala (alarm). They will get to experience using breathing practices to help diminish the amygdala's reaction.

6. Lesson 6: Kindness Smiles

This lesson brings the concepts of kindness to mindfulness. The act of being kind to others can cultivates happiness in ourselves as well. By paying attention on purpose to the act of giving and receiving kind gestures, students develop the ability to generate positive feelings on our own, in any moment, whenever we choose.

7. Lesson 7: Noticing My World (part 1)

This lesson examines our five senses and how they interact with mindfulness. Focusing our attention on the information we are receiving through our senses brings our mind right into the here and now. This mindful awareness experience helps students recognize the interesting and beautiful world that is right here - always around and surrounding us. It also provides the opportunity for students to recognize that focusing attention on purpose, through the use of sense organs, with curiosity provides a point of attention which we choose.

8. Lesson 8: Noticing My World (part 2)

Students continue the investigation of their senses in this lesson. Our bodies are not in the past or future, our bodies do not worry; our bodies exist in the present moment. We have the privilege of tasting, touching, breathing - increasing our awareness of this present moment. Noticing what is right here, right now, can provide both a sense of relief and abundance.

9. Lesson 9: May I Have Your Attention Please

This lesson helps students gain an understanding of what it means to “focus and engage attention,” and is a basic introduction to the idea that they can choose the quality of attention they bring to any experience. Executive function processes, mainly seated in the pre-frontal cortex, comprise many higher-order skills that can strengthen and improve with mindful awareness exercises. Among these skills are evaluating information, organizing, focusing attention, prioritizing, planning, problem solving and regulating emotions.

10. Lesson 10: Growing Happiness

Paying attention to the things in our lives that bring us happiness or joy can have a profound impact on our outlook on life and our mood. Noticing feelings of thankfulness and gratitude for the things we receive in our lives, whether tangible or intangible (a smile, a breath-taking view of a landscape, a flower), has been shown to increase a sense of calmness, contentedness and happiness which in turn cultivates a more positive emotional outlook. When we purposefully notice things in our lives for which we are grateful we often feel comforted and uplifted.

11. Lesson 11: My Beautiful Self

This lesson gives students the opportunity to identify and express gratitude for their body. Scientific research has demonstrated that when students build awareness regarding the things for which they are grateful, they experience positive physical, mental and emotional benefits as a result.

12. Lesson 12: How Do You Feel Today?

In this lesson students have the opportunity to learn about and observe their own emotional responses. Research supports that students who can manage their own emotional response become more confident and successful, both socially and academically. Students have fun investigating different emotions.

13. Lesson 13: Hello Worry Bug

In lesson 13, students examine the feeling of worry and how it feels in the body. Students learn they are able to change the cascading reaction associated with the stress response and build healthier habits. The response that happens can be seen as empowering - providing the energy needed for the best response. Seeing the stress response in this way provides a strength-based mindset that has been shown to be health enhancing.

14. Lesson 14: Prickly Mind

Difficult emotions are a part of life for all of us. Teaching students to notice difficult emotions in themselves can help build their capacity to be able to choose a response, rather than react automatically. This lesson teaches students’ how they may be able to “hold” and “be with” those emotions more gently. The idea of “befriending” these emotions helps to engage students in managing emotions with greater compassion for themselves. Increasing students sense of mastery over strong emotion increases sense of power and competency in their daily lives.

15. Lesson 15: Trail Of Kindness

As we near the end of lessons with students, we return to kindness: a foundation for young children to practice and develop as they grow. In our previous lesson on kindness we engaged students in activities to notice how it feels when we are kind to others and vice versa. In this lesson we continue building on those concepts and adding to their kindness skills. This noticing will help develop inner resilience and a sense of connectedness to their world.

16. Lesson 16: Putting It All Together

In this last lesson we review all the things students have learned together. At the end, some students will take turns ringing the bell as the class practices the mindful listening skill. This is also a good time to discuss what could happen next with their mindful awareness in the world, celebrate their newly gained skills, and share or give something to students to help them remember all they have learned.

17. SURVEY

Please fill out this survey after you have completed all of the lessons. We truly appreciate you taking the time to fill this out, especially the open-ended responses, as they will inform us as to what needs to be adjusted/changed to make this program better.

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