Our forward-thinking program introduces mindfulness to young children and helps make BIG feelings child size! Children learn from a young age that feelings are a normal part of everyday life and everyone has them. With help from our ‘Feelings Family,” children soon become secure in their feelings and the feelings of others through understanding that we all have a beautiful rainbow of feelings inside and that every feeling is ok.
Our ethos is working together for a brighter future and so our program is available to anyone and everyone who cares for a child.
The program consists of 4 phases:
Phase one is Identifying and labelling feelings
Children learn how to recognise and label their feelings as well as being able to recognise feelings in other people, building empathy.
Phase two is putting feelings into context
Children will begin to think about why we might feel the way that we do. We support children to understand that whilst everyone has feelings, we may not always feel the same way about something. Feelings are something that happen within and what ever you feel or someone else feels is important because all of our feelings matter.
Phase three is managing feelings and incorporating mindfulness
Children learn what they can do when they experience a feeling. Sometimes children may feel quiet, shy, sad or tired and that’s just how they are feeling. Just like us adults, children can experience a range of emotions everyday and some feelings simply need acknowledging, accepting and left to be.
Phase 4 is the link between feelings and behaviour
Children begin to learn that how we feel can affect how we behave and vice versa. We teach children that as well as our inner rainbow we also have an outer rainbow. “When we shine our rainbow glows.” and so if we feel good on the inside, it shines on the outside and when we make positive behaviour choices it feels good inside. We encourage children to think about positive things that we can all do to be kind to ourselves and each other.
Children will have fun learning through fun engaging activities with our feelings family and singing our catchy songs.
Both Parents/Carers and Practitioners will be equipped with a bright array of resources that will soon become an instinctive and internal ‘go to’ for all.
As well as increasing children’s awareness of their feelings and the feelings of others, we also introduce young children to mindfulness through mindful activities and mindful moments.
- Mindful Breathing Techniques
- Developing Listening and Attention
- Sensory Activities
- Body Awareness and Relaxation
- Kindness, Self-Love, Friendships and Belonging
For further information on any of the services that we offer, please get in touch.