Our Mindfulness Minute Series (4 of 6) emphasizes self-regulation and self-awareness for your elementary-aged keiki (child). As I mention in my trainings, the strategies we use to help our keiki, “return to center” are the same strategies we can and should use in our daily lives. Stressed students cannot learn, stressed children have difficulty at home and stressed educators can have difficulty teaching and stressed caregivers . . . well, you see my point.
waterford.org “seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners.” This link on their website offers incredible strategies for educators (and caregivers) to build a keikiʻs understanding of self-awareness and self-regulation. When we understand these two critical elements in social emotional learning and trauma-informed care, we elevate the importance of self-care. I hope these links will help you with your keiki (and yourself) in establishing calm.
In the third part of this series, I focused in on Kilo- the Native Hawaiian art of observation. This worksheet from Positive Psychology provides prompts to help your keiki become mindful of their bodies and surroundings. If I were to add anything, I would use nature and have keiki, Kilo their surroundings and be aware of their, “body, mind and spirit.”