Entries by Stephanie Kennelly

Early Childhood After Lunch Routine

The transition from lunch to learning can be difficult. For both children and adults, the transition from lunch back to learning can be difficult. Especially on days when weather does not allow for outdoor time to burn off higher energy! Our after lunch routine is the perfect movement sequence to meet high energy and get […]

Dakota County SHIP Grants

Funding Available for Dakota County, MN Public Schools What is it? The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awards funds for schools to implement physical activity. The research is clear that healthy students are better learners and that being successful in school, can have life-long positive effects on […]

Move Mindfully® Card Deck

The Move Mindfully® Card Deck We are so excited to release our Move Mindfully® Card Deck. After spending years in schools and therapeutic settings we have developed a tool that takes adults step by step with images, scripts and tips to support integration of mindfulness and movement into social emotional learning. Think of this resource […]

Performance Routine

Do nerves get the best of you before a performance? Band, choir, drama, presentations and performances all require an incredible amount of mindfulness. It can be overwhelming! Are you, and the children you work with, ready to perform? The good news is that there are systematic breathing and movement routines that together create the optimal […]

PeaceMaker MN

PeaceMaker MN made Move Mindfully® implementation a reality. Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan, MN has long been a champion for social emotional learning. Spearheaded by a social worker passionate about the Move Mindfully® framework, a variety of funding sources were utilized. District grants, Give to the Max Day and PTO donations […]

Grounding Routine

Children need to move. Active Classrooms, The Latest Trend Heath.gov recommends that children move 60 minutes per day. Not only does this recommendation hope to address childhood obesity by increasing caloric output, but there are also implications for learning. Children who move 60 minutes per day report better sleep, stable moods, more time on task […]

From Tired to Awake

School can be tiring sometimes. Maybe in an elementary school it looks like laying on the carpet, instead of sitting criss cross. In a high school, it may be a flat out snore in the middle of lecture. Feeling the warm afternoon sunshine come through the window, even teachers can feel their eyes start to […]

Snow Day Routine

When the weather limits our time outside, stir crazy energy can make children, and parents, feel restless. Are you stuck inside due to inclement weather? How are you meeting your children’s energy? It is wise to be proactive and encourage gross motor movement throughout the day to break up screen time and sedentary activities. However, […]

Volcano Breath

Breath work allows us to set an intention and align our body and mind. The practice of mindfulness begins with noticing breath. Once you can sync breathing and movement, our physiology begins to shift. A great breath to use starting out is Yoga Calm‘s  Volcano Breath. It is an upward arm movement synced to inhale, […]

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District elementary students “Move Mindfully”

Elementary students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District are practicing breathing techniques and yoga-based movements through a new curriculum called Move Mindfully. Edward Neill, Vista View and Sky Oaks elementary schools are implementing the new curriculum after receiving funding through Dakota County Public Health. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, parents are invited to learn more about the program […]