Mindful Minutes: Take 5 and Shapes
Mindfulness can be learned at any age! When you give young children developmentally appropriate strategies to identify and manage strong feelings, they learn how to be more in control of their own feelings which can lead to processing healthy ways to discuss those feelings with a trusted adult or peer. Teach young children that being mindful at their age is making themselves aware of how they feel, learning techniques of how to calm and control those feelings, and eventually talking to someone they trust about those feelings. The goal is to help the young mind develop natural coping skills to handle stress and strong emotions well into the future!
Length: 5:04; 3-5 yrs
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[00:00:06.810]Hi guys, Teacher Mickey here.
[00:00:08.670]I hope you guys are finding things to do
[00:00:10.570]to keep busy at home.
[00:00:12.480]One of the things that I wanted to do for you
[00:00:15.860]was show you how to practice your mindfulness at home.
[00:00:18.690]So remember, when we talk about mindfulness,
[00:00:20.530]we're talking about being able to know
[00:00:23.170]what our feelings are, knowing why we got those feelings
[00:00:27.290]and then knowing how to calm those feelings down
[00:00:29.641]so that we can be okay,
[00:00:31.460]cause it's okay not to be okay
[00:00:33.690]but we need to figure out how to not stay there.
[00:00:36.780]So, I'm gonna do some of the practices with you
[00:00:39.650]that we've done in the Goldenrod classroom.
[00:00:43.380]One of the practices that we really love
[00:00:45.780]is one that Teacher Erin taught us,
[00:00:47.750]which is to take five.
[00:00:49.550]So if you're really upset about something
[00:00:52.100]or if you're really sad about something
[00:00:54.340]or confused or any of the emotions
[00:00:56.740]that are really strong emotions,
[00:00:58.900]we can take five.
[00:00:59.930]So right now, with me, I want you to put your hands
[00:01:02.700]up like this and put your finger down here
[00:01:05.800]at the palm and we're gonna take five deep breaths
[00:01:08.930]every time we reach the tip of one of our fingers, okay?
[00:01:12.680]Parents, you can do this with us too.
[00:01:14.210]Here we go.
[00:01:32.020]Four, last deep breath.
[00:01:38.100]Another way that we practice mindful breathing
[00:01:40.670]is using our breathing shapes.
[00:01:42.800]So, my boys, Malcolm and Benjamin
[00:01:45.950]helped me cut out some shapes
[00:01:47.520]just like the shapes that we have in the Goldenrod classroom
[00:01:50.540]and some of our favorite breathing shapes
[00:01:52.750]are the heart and the star.
[00:01:55.820]You can find a piece of paper or a piece of cardboard
[00:01:58.680]at home, you can cut out a heart
[00:02:01.080]and you can cut out your own star
[00:02:02.706]so that every time you want to use shapes
[00:02:05.420]for your mindful breathing,
[00:02:07.030]you can find one and you can do the same.
[00:02:15.580]All right, let's practice our mindful heart breathing.
[00:02:18.760]You're gonna do the same thing.
[00:02:20.040]Sit cross cross with your back up straight.
[00:02:22.840]Remember when you close your eyes,
[00:02:24.810]your brain gets a break from having to see
[00:02:27.590]what's in front of it and really focus on your breathing.
[00:02:30.370]Okay, do it with me, here we go.
[00:02:32.230]Take a deep breath in
[00:02:35.833]and blow it out.
[00:02:39.617]Do it again.
[00:02:45.860]You can go around the heart as many times as you need
[00:02:48.540]to help calm your brain down,
[00:02:50.310]calm your breathing down
[00:02:51.880]and calm your emotions down.
[00:02:58.920]And lastly, let's use the star
[00:03:01.140]to practice our mindful breaths.
[00:03:02.850]This is another favorite one in the Goldenrod classroom.
[00:03:05.360]When some of my friends are really upset
[00:03:07.740]and they need help calming down,
[00:03:09.540]this is what they use to help them with their mindful breath
[00:03:12.650]and then we talk about what they're upset about
[00:03:15.360]and how we can fix the problem.
[00:03:17.410]Here we go.
[00:03:28.985]I feel my lungs filling up with oxygen.
[00:03:34.410]Breathing out the carbon dioxide.
[00:03:41.500]And once my body has calmed down,
[00:03:43.410]I'm able to talk about what I'm feeling,
[00:03:45.635]where I'm feeling it and how to problem solve
[00:03:49.070]so that I can make sure I can manage that feeling
[00:03:51.920]and solve the problem that caused that feeling.
[00:03:54.490]Now, remember what you're doing when you're taking
[00:03:56.610]those deep breaths.
[00:03:57.600]You're breathing in all of that oxygen,
[00:04:00.120]that brand new air.
[00:04:02.440]And it's going all the way to your brain
[00:04:04.770]and your brain says, oh thank you so much,
[00:04:07.640]I really needed this to calm down
[00:04:09.660]and then your body goes
[00:04:12.620]and breathes all the old air out.
[00:04:15.190]Remember, everything that we've talked about
[00:04:16.620]when it comes to our heart
[00:04:18.200]and our lungs working together
[00:04:20.400]to make sure that our body has enough oxygen
[00:04:22.606]to help the blood in our bodies flow all the way
[00:04:26.000]throughout our bodies and help do its job
[00:04:28.230]as best that it can.
[00:04:29.653]Thank you for joining Miss Mickey
[00:04:31.870]during this mindful minute.
[00:04:33.660]Remember, it's very important to make sure
[00:04:36.380]that you take time to slow down with everything else
[00:04:39.500]that you're doing at home
[00:04:41.320]and to take those deep breaths.
[00:04:45.572]To help you calm yourself down, okay?
[00:04:47.800]If it's a beautiful day, go outside and do it.
[00:04:51.040]If it's a beautiful day, stay inside and do it.
[00:04:53.920]Either way, you can do your mindful minute
[00:04:55.840]on a beautiful day, bye.
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