What is Paws .b?
Paws .b introduces using mindfulness to young children from the ages of 7 - 11 and is designed to be delivered in the classroom. Paws .b lessons help teach children how to use mindfulness in everyday life, particularly how to calm the mind and step back from negative thoughts.
What does the Paws .b course cover?
The course covers many themes of mindfulness practice, such as helping children bring their attention to present moments in order to help them manage stress. With a Paws .b course you will cover six key points. These points are:
Learning to improve relationships with peers.
How to understand your own mind and what makes you happy and healthy.
Increased focus and concentration.
Healthy techniques for coping with stress, anxiety and worries.
Techniques and strategies to help you feel calm and relaxed.
General skills for finding happiness and well-being.
These lessons will benefit students greatly as they help teach them well-being as well as resilience, helping them be better prepared for the world as they grow up. Sessions can be easily tailored to suit a child's needs and learning style, offering different ways to extend thinking. Overall Paws .b creates a safe space for a child to develop the necessary skills to prepare themselves for the world ahead, all in a manner that is applicable to a child's life.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Generally speaking, mindfulness helps to promote overall well-being, by paying attention to the real world around you. Mindfulness practices help you stop worrying about what has happened, or might happen in the future, and focus on the here and now.
These kinds of practices help to promote curiosity as well as help us be better equipped to deal with what is actually happening in front of us. Mindfulness is a fairly new technique but has been showing promising results. Mindfulness has been shown to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others.
If you are still unsure about what mindfulness is, the Mindfulness in Schools Project provides a clear explanation of what it is and what it is not.
Why should you use mindfulness in primary education?
We live in an ever-changing world with uncertain futures, and the need to prepare young children emotionally is becoming increasingly more important. By teaching these mindfulness skills to children at such a young age they will be well practised, confident and able to look after themselves in the future and in adult life.
Paws .b also help a child's emotional development as they will be able to self regulate their emotions through recognising them and understanding them.
Why I teach Mindfulness:
I truly believe in helping children and young people overcome their mental health obstacles
and trauma. Through various mindfulness technics and practices, I help them to become aware of and understand their minds and bodies. I believe in using mindfulness techniques because they can help you take a step back from thoughts and feelings that might overwhelm you. This enables you to become more in control of your reactions to potentially stressful triggers.
These skills are invaluable for adults to have in this ever-changing world, so it is best we prepare our young children early on. So they can grow to have happy healthy minds and achieve their goals and succeed on their personal journeys.