Mindfulness is a practice second graders have been learning every week and its application within our academic subjects has been extremely evident and successful. Through mindfulness, students have been learning how to be present through their own breath and to be aware of their emotions and surroundings. This week, students discussed emotions more in depth: strong emotions they feel and in what context they’re felt. As they go about their school day, through academic rigor, they have begun learning how to stop and breathe through difficulty, articulate how they’re feeling, and recenter their focus and state-of-mind, when needed.
Research is showing more and more the importance of teaching children mindfulness and the awareness of their emotions. Specifically, emotional intelligence in children is a stronger indicator for adult well-being than academic intelligence. This article found that, “Kids who related well to their peers, handled their emotions better, and were good at resolving problems went on to have more successful lives.” Students love this time with Banni and are able to notice and articulate their growth as emotional learners!
Elementary PE has been staying active and learning new skills. Before winter break all elementary classes participated in a jump rope unit. Within the jump rope unit students practiced different types of jumps and learned about the benefits of jumping rope. We are currently in the middle of our basketball unit practicing dribbling, passing and shooting.