Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kourtney Phillips, introduced mindfulness to the students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center in an exciting new way for the 2017-2018 school year! The program is called Mindful Movement and is the newest favorite at the school.
In the second year of mindful instruction, Mrs. Phillips is teaching classrooms of students how to calm their minds as well as their bodies and to be “in the here and now”in order to have the best experience throughout the day. Mindful Movement is a variation of yoga that initiates thoughtful movements while the instructor gives the directions. It incorporates listening, movement, and relaxation into one activity. The movements themselves require students to be on yoga mats while their minds are taking in refreshing instruction.
In addition to Mindful Movement, Mrs. Phillips also uses morning announcements on Mondays to motivate teachers and students to use mindfulness in their morning routines. Mindfulness Mondays also give teachers a resource to use in their morning meeting such as a greeting, an activity, or a moment to reflect. These activities illicit feelings of togetherness, community, belonging, and, most of all, caring. Each classroom received a singing bowl this year to assist teachers in facilitating relaxing conversations, breathing techniques, and activities to focus the student’s energy.
Mindful Movement is another way that teachers at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are meeting the needs of all learners. By incorporating the students’ emotional growth into their educational experiences an amazing learning environment is created.