From infants to kindergarteners, the use of mindfulness is an evidence-based technique aimed at helping children regulate their emotions and practice peaceful problem solving. Helping children develop an awareness for their internal emotional states, helps them to use words instead of fists, and peace instead of chaos. Children who have been exposed to mindfulness in an education setting are shown to have better academic achievement later in life and stronger peer relationships.
The Children’s Garden employs a literary model of mindfulness. We read books that describe a mindful practice using terms and images familiar and accessible to young children. Projects and practices are built around these books, making it an interactive curriculum. Our talented teachers help children build a mindful practice through breathing exercises, emotion labeling, and storytelling.