SEL Family Newsletter October 2020

Monthly Theme: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner. Often, we are living busy lives, completing many tasks at the same time, and it is easy to lose touch with the present moment. Mindfulness is taking a moment to bring our attention back to the present. It can also help us calm down when we are angry, sad, or frustrated, and even become more aware of when we are happy or grateful. Find out more here.

Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, increase happiness, and even improve academic performance. When we practice mindfulness, it makes it easier to become fully engaged in day to day activities, and to enjoy the pleasures in life. Additionally, it provides us a greater capacity to deal with challenging events. In fact, mindfulness has been proven to decrease depressive symptoms, boost resilience, and improve our health.

Learn about more benefits here

How Can My Family Integrate Mindfulness into Our Daily Routine?

Belly Breathe

Mornings can be hectic and we often jump right into school or work without taking a moment to ready our mind. How about making room for a mindful minute? This can be as easy as engaging in belly breathing for 60 seconds. See the videos below to help you and your family get started.

Practice Guided Mindfulness with Mind Yeti

Mind Yeti is a website and app that helps children calm their minds and focus their attention through guided mindfulness activities.

Take a Mindfulness Walk

Walk together in silence. Practice being present in the moment by noticing your surroundings. Look around. What do you see? Take a deep breath and slowly inhale. What do you smell? Listen to your surroundings. What do you hear? Take turns sharing one observation or thing you enjoyed the most about the walk and discuss how it made you feel to focus on your surroundings.

Color Mandalas

Carve out time as a family to be fully present while coloring. Reflect on how you felt before, during, and after. Click here for free printable mandalas

Practice Breathing with the Five-Finger Breathing Technique

Sit or stand comfortably with your back straight. Open your hand. Now with the pointer finger of your opposite hand slowly trace your fingers one at a time while breathing deeply. Inhale while moving up your fingers and exhale while moving down.

Click the link above to access our CVESD Mindfulness Virtual Classroom. This virtual classroom is full of engaging ways to practice mindfulness. Just click on any of the images to explore ways to help you and your family focus on the present and feel a sense of calm.

Social-Emotional Learning at Home

Sample Dinner Circle Topics

In you child's classroom, students gather in a (virtual) circle to build community. You can do this at home while enjoying a meal. Please see below for some sample prompts.

  • What is something nice that someone else has done for you?
  • Where is your favorite place to go when you need alone or quiet time?
  • What is your favorite holiday? Why?
  • What was your high point today? Your low point?
  • If you could spend time with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Created By
Elizabeth Gianulis