The classroom-based mindfulness curriculum I offer is called ‘Paws b’.
‘Paws b’ is a 6-12 session curriculum for children aged 7 -11 and is offered formally as a series of PSHE lessons, and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.
During the course they will be learning about many things, including:
- Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.
- Ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, including concentration and memory, behavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
- Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of ourselves.
The feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b is very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and find the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.
We have been deliverying BASE ® Babywatching, which is a highly effective, schools-based programme, in schools for four years now with some amazing outcomes:
“a child who is a selective mute talking out loud”
“a child who is also in 1:1 therapy who in his sessions has been violent and destructive has taken to nurturing the dolls in therapy room”
“an 8 year old boy hugging his mum for the first time ever”
“boys who originally pushed and shoved one another helping each other out”
“a shy girl who never asks for help, having the confidence to come to the drop in and ask for help”
“confidence growing in a number of children allowing them to participate in group discussions”
What happens in a babywatching group:
A parent, and their baby, visit a class of children, once a week, for half an hour, so the children can watch the interactions between mother and baby, and their developing relationship. Guided by the Group Leader, who is this simple act of detailed observation reduces children’s anxiety and aggression by increasing understanding and empathy. Children feel safer, more focused and ready to learn.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about Paws B or Babywatching: Toni Medcalf, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07554-008179