As part of a new initiative to help young minds flourish, Southampton Elementary School has adopted a new mindfulness curriculum.
The evidence-based program aims to provide students with strategies to calm their minds, reduce anxiety and focus. The mindfulness lessons are presented to all students through the health curriculum by the school’s physical education teachers. During the weekly lessons, the coaches engage students in soothing breathing techniques and other activities.
The lessons are further enhanced within all classrooms, where teachers use bells to help refocus attention and provide students with an opportunity to take a few breaths before continuing their school work. The school also features hallway bulletin boards reminding students to practice mindfulness.
“We have found that the strategies taught through mindfulness are helping students to refocus,” said Principal Jaime Bottcher, who added that all teachers will be trained in additional mindfulness techniques and the school will involve parents in the methods.
Southampton Elementary School students participate in mindful activities daily.
Coach Rob Neff spoke to first-graders about mindful breathing techniques.
Southampton Elementary School first-graders Samantha Gutierrez (right) and
Zi’Yana Smith learned about mindful breathing during a recent lesson.
Photos courtesy of the Southampton School District