Mindfulness and Children, Susan Kaiser Greenland

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Mindfulness teacher Susan Kaiser Greenland has worked with kids for a long time.  She graciously answers questions about her work below. How were you inspired to teach mindfulness to children? A couple of things happened. When I began experimenting with mindfulness and children I had two young children myself, one in pre-kindergarten and another in first grade. It just made … Read More

School Based FocusedKids "Brain Break" Store Opens

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When kids get the wiggles, they need a Brain Break!  Brain Breaks are vitally important for children as they progress through their day.  Brief times to stop, calm down, or move and refocus provide support for maintaining self-control.  FocusedKids curriculum offers many exercises involving the breath, the body, and the senses to use as brain breaks.  They are embedded in each lesson. … Read More

School Based FocusedKids “Brain Break” Store Opens

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Energize & Release Lesson

When kids get the wiggles, they need a Brain Break!  Brain Breaks are vitally important for children as they progress through their day.  Brief times to stop, calm down, or move and refocus provide support for maintaining self-control.  FocusedKids curriculum offers many exercises involving the breath, the body, and the senses to use as brain breaks.  They are embedded in each lesson. … Read More

Hug the Monkey

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Materials: Time: 10-15 minutes Monkey Puppet Hug the Monkey Coloring Page Why it Works A hug causes the brain to release its “feel good” chemicals into our bodies physically helping us to feel better.   In this exercise, (adapted from Dr. Rick Hansen), we use a monkey puppet to represent our “inner monkey,” that part of us that feels hurt … Read More