Entries by Stephanie Kennelly

Mindful Snack

A fun and effective way to introduce mindfulness is with mindful eating. Do you have a snack time? Perhaps your students eat snack during read aloud, or simply shovel it in before recess. The Mindful Snack activity from the Yoga Calm® Curriculum is the perfect resource to create a meaningful mindful experience. At the core of mindful eating […]

Class Parties and Special Events

To the nervous system, excitement and fear feel the same. Classroom parties. Decorations, change in schedule, novel activities… what provides excitement and anticipation for some students, may be experienced as fear and anxiety for others. When you create exciting (out of the norm) classroom opportunities, it is important to be aware of reactions such as fear, […]

Co-Regulating Breath with the Hoberman Sphere

What should you do when an agitated child refuses to do any breathwork or movement? We often say, “you are the intervention”. In fact, we dedicated an entire blog post to the idea of practicing these techniques for our own self-regulation before even beginning to teach youth. But, what does that really look like in […]

Trauma Responsive Practices

Mindfulness practices meet the needs of every body. Our trauma responsive approach is rooted in choice. People sometimes ask: Is mindfulness suited for all children? What about children who have experienced trauma or have mental health needs? Here is how the dictionary defines mindfulness: Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present […]

Mindful Movement Begins Early

Move Mindfully® Works for Washington County’s Youngest Residents This summer, over two dozen child care providers across Washington County learned ways to keep children in their daycare active and focused, from the hottest days of summer to the frigid days of winter. Last year, Living Healthy Washington County (LHWC) learned that many local child care […]

Free to Be You and Me

Free To Be You and Me Listen Now I heard this song by Marlow Thomas the other day. I haven’t heard it for 40 years. But every word came flowing through as I sang along out loud. It struck a chord deep inside me as it did when I was a kid. So, this pause invites you to step into and connect with the freedom that resides […]

Chair Routine

 The Move Mindfully® Chair Routine can prepare the body to experience gratitude.  Today we are going to think about gratitude. Gratitude means giving thanks for everything we have in our lives.  Today we will move our bodies and breathe in a way that opens up ours hearts and reminds us of all the things that […]

District 833 Mindfulness Curriculum

District 833 mindfulness curriculum starts with early grades Written By: Jackie Renzetti | Oct 10th 2019 – 6am. See original post rivertowns.net With a crowd of school staff, parents and students gathered for a final Battle of the Books competition at Red Rock Elementary School, one young competitor crossed her arms, slowly patting each one. […]

Trickster

Mindful Movement does not always need to be calm, slow and serious. We often talk about, “meeting the body where it is at”. This time of year can present challenges for adults trying to wrangle in the excess energy. Instead of trying to resist the silliness, we recommend offering opportunities for play within the mindful […]

Mindful Moment Cards

“How was your weekend?” A phrase that most of us mindlessly utter on Monday morning can be a fairly loaded question. Teachers, mostly white middle class women, come into the classroom with a cultural identity and, knowingly or unknowingly, expect conformity from our students. How does this play out in simple social exchanges? How about a […]