This is a mindfulness page for families. It accompanies the Kindness Curriculum. You are warmly welcome here.
Mindfulness is being in the present moment—paying attention—in an open, friendly way. Research shows that regular mindfulness practice boosts immunity, reduces anxiety, increases focus, and improves emotion regulation. The research results are compelling, but more important is your own experience. In these online sessions, you'll actively engage with different mindfulness practices, both with your kids and on your own. Small steps can have big impact. There’s no way to get this right or wrong: show up as-is.
The Kindness Curriculum (KC) was developed by the Center for Healthy Minds in Madison, WI. It’s a mindfulness-based curriculum for preschoolers, taught twice per week over 12 weeks. The themes include attention, breath, body, kindness, emotions, forgiveness, and gratitude. This year, your child is learning the curriculum. We’d love for you to participate, too. This page includes three short videos, which describe settling practices used within the KC. These practices are helpful for both children and adults. Also included are five mindfulness sessions—each with a different theme—that you can experience with your kids and on your own. Within each, there’s a family activity and an adult practice (with different options).
If you complete 10 of these exercises, you’ll receive a free children’s book. If you complete 20 of these exercises, you’ll receive a $15 gift card. [Modify this with whatever we decide to do.] Click here to access the checklist [include link], which can be returned to the Community Early Learning Center when completed.
The bell practice is used in every Kindness-Curriculum lesson. It’s a way to pay attention on “the outside” (listen to the sound of a bell) and then pay attention on “the inside” (feel breath at the belly). In school, we’re often told to “pay attention” without knowing how. This practice shows us how in two different ways. It’s helpful for both kids and adults. The practice is short yet powerful:
In Lesson 11 of the Kindness Curriculum, children create a “mind jar,” which is filled with water and glitter. (You’re invited to make a family mind jar in the session “Awareness of Emotions.”) Whenever a child feels upset—angry, sad, or frustrated—they can shake the mind jar and watch glitter gradually settle (just like the mind and emotions gradually settle):
Caring for our Emotions
As children or adults, when difficult emotions arise, we often resist or reject these feelings. A more helpful habit is to care for our emotions, like we’d care for our child’s emotions or like a child would care for a favorite stuffed animal: [Waiting to record Miriam for this short video.]
Mindfulness for Families
Joy and Miriam, located in Appleton WI, are mindfulness coaches for both teachers and parents. We’re here for you. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or want more resources, please contact us through the website or directly:
Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald: 920-738-3230, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Jordan: 920-202-4679, email@example.com
pause, breathe, and be.