The after-school mindfulness program at The Healdsburg School will resume in September 2017. This class takes place Wednesdays, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
After-school Mindfulness is offered to students in grades 1-5 at The Healdsburg School. The program aims to foster academic success through strengthening attentional skills and empathy, and providing the foundation for learning and pro-social behavior.
The students in this fun program practice mindfulness with engaging activities, imaginative play, art projects, and mindful games. Content includes evidence-based curriculum from Mindful Schools, a leader in mindfulness education.
In our Spring 2017 program, the practices we shared included mindful walking, breathing, and eating, mindfulness of emotions, and the “mindful pause.” We heard stories and played many games aimed at fostering self-regulation and a greater awareness of how our bodies occupy space.
Our favorite was game is called, Just Chillin’, a challenging game inspired by Mindful Schools Guiding Teacher Vinny Ferraro, where students endeavor to sit perfectly still, noticing any impulses to move or speak. We set a record of three long minutes! Of course, the purpose of mindfulness is not to be still or silent. We practice so that we cultivate the ability to choose our words and actions — and to act with greater skill and compassion.
We also shared many projects including making calm down ribbons (similar to these “breathing sticks“), painting stones, making sparkle jars, painting terra-cotta pots, and planting sunflowers seeds to grow at home over the summer break.
Our Fall 2017 program promises to be full of lively fun and mindful learning!
When: Start Date TBA August 2017. Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Grades: 1st – 5th
Cost: Sliding scale. Please inquire.*
* No one turned away for lack of funds. By paying at the high end of the sliding scale, you allow children who may not otherwise be able to participate to join this program and help ensure that mindfulness education will continue to grow in Sonoma County.
For more information or to register, contact Chelsea True