Can you really teach children to be mindful? This international school has successfully done it
Do you remember growing up with mindfulness taught in your school, mama? While it may not have been a priority back then, schools are now actively incorporating mindfulness in education and it’s proving to result in more present, calm and focused students. With life’s many distractions, practising mindfulness can encourage your children to become better equipped in coping with stress or stressful situations, and teach them to respect one another.
What is mindfulness?
According to mindful.org,
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
You may think this just means a couple of glorious minutes of getting your little ones to sit still before they go back to being playful or rowdy, but you’ll be surprised by how children take on this approach and make it a part of their everyday lives.
Nexus International School (Singapore) is one school that spearheads mindfulness, teaching kids useful techniques in being present and managing their emotions. Students have even expressed that whenever they face an upsetting moment at home, they will excuse themselves to practise mindful breathing as they find that it helps them calm down. In the classroom, teachers find that the practice enables them to be more receptive to learn. They settle down faster and are able to listen better in class, allowing better focus and concentration.
The educators at Nexus use innovative learning techniques that are tailored to each child to help them learn better and become confident, self-regulating learners. Mindfulness can start from something as simple as breathing. The ‘pebble breathing’ technique is great for younger children, while ‘square breathing’ is suitable for older kids. Watch the video below for a few simple demos you can try at home, mama!
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Nexus International School (Singapore), 201 Ulu Pandan Road, Singapore 596468
Tel: (+65) 6536 6566, [email protected], www.nexus.edu.sg