Pet the Lizard

Bill HegbergMindfulness With Kids, Self-CareLeave a Comment

With yet another disaster to cause us stress, children add more stress to their already stressful lives.  Rick Hanson posted his “Pet the Lizard” exercise for adults in his recent newsletter.  I adapted it for kids to use at home and in the classroom as a way to help kids to quell their fears. Materials: Lizard puppet or toy, crayons … Read More

Back to School!

Kathy HegbergMindfulness With Kids, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Going back to school can include a mixture of eagerness and anxiety both for you and the kids.  We’ve worked together using FocusedKids to teach children strategies for managing stress, but it’s important for you as teachers to have the same tools.  So, I’d like to highlight a few ways mindfulness can enhance and create a climate for learning in the classroom … Read More

Five Things You Should Know About Brain Development

Kathy HegbergBrainLeave a Comment

There has been an explosion of research over the past decade that shows how important the first few years of a child’s life are in terms of brain development. To help us make sense of how those early experience can shape a child’s brain, we called up Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. … Read More

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

Kathy HegbergBrain, ParentingLeave a Comment

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

Kathy HegbergBrain, ParentingLeave a Comment

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

Kathy HegbergFeelingsLeave a Comment

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