We are so excited about ClassDojo and their amazing video series - short, engaging vignettes for young children on amazing topics like empathy, kindness, perseverance and mindfulness! Kids will love the characters and learn all about these important topics in a fun and entertaining way... check it out!
At Kidevolve, we're always thrilled to hear about real-world, practical applications for kids using mindfulness. Check out this piece about a US elementary school that has taken the bold step to replace the outdated, punitive detention model with a positive and beneficial Mindful Moment room! The results are pretty clear...
What happens when you start nurturing a culture that supports kids becoming compassionate, aware and emotionally intelligent little people? People respond. A natural network starts emerging.
The last year has been a fascinating, fun and inspiring journey. As soon as Kidevolve began offering hands-on, physical programs to kids around mindfulness training, heaps of businesses, leaders, parents, teachers, researchers, academics, kids have hopped aboard to help influence the Kidevolve Space. Everyone recognizes that there is a very important spark here. Kids need mindfulness tools. And grown ups really need them!
All aboard. The theme at our Danforth program this week was emotional regulation. For many kids, emotions are like a roller coaster of ups and downs. This unpredictable ride can sometimes cause storm fronts for kids and families.
Kidevolve is committed to connecting kids with tools for social and emotional learning (SEL). This process through which children (and adults) acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Basically, we want kids to get in the drivers seats of their minds.
With high-stakes tests beginning in some elementary schools, increasingly overscheduled afternoons and pressure to do more demanding extracurricular activities at ever-younger ages, many kids are feeling overwhelmed.
Mindfulness (or 'body fulness', as this article mentions) is proving to be a grounding influence to counteract all of this swirling stress...
What Is Self-Regulation?
Just about everywhere you turn these days you come across someone talking about the importance of enhancing children’s ability to self-regulate. This is because of a growing number of studies showing that self-regulation lays a foundation for a child’s long-term physical, psychological, behavioral, and educational well-being (Shanker, 2012).
We highly recommend this important reading by Dr. Stuart Shanker
York University: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/selfRegulate.html