Currently delivered in all K-5 elementary schools in the Beach Cities
MindUP is an evidence-based program grounded in neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and social-emotional learning. MindUP consists of 15 lessons that are tailored to a child’s age group and developmental level. Delivered by a teacher or counselor in the classroom, MindUP provides an immersive discovery experience and daily practices to shift a child’s perspective, drive positive behavior and improve learning and scholastic performance.
Outcomes from the 2016-17 school year:
- 13,725 minutes of mindful breathing
- 10,600 students received MindUP training
The Four MindUP Pillars:
To fully engage and immerse in the present, students learn how to activate mindful listening, seeing, smelling, tasting, touch and movement.
By acting with gratitude and kindness, students learn to take mindful action and create connections between themselves and others.
General Mindfulness Tips for Parents:
One of the best ways to teach our children to be mindful is to embody mindfulness ourselves.
- Incorporate your own brain breaks three times a day to improve focus, memory and stay calm under stress.
- Think affirmations to yourself like “May I be happy” and “May I be strong.”
- If you need some guidance in mindful breathing, search for various mindfulness apps to follow along with on your phone.
- If you find yourself getting caught up in your emotions or that of others, practice the R.A.I.N. exercise. Recognize what is happening in a calm, accepting manner. Accept life as it is. Investigate how it is making you feel. Non-identification; realize these feelings are fleeting and don’t define who you are.
Mindful parenting can improve parent-child relationships and reduce stress for both the parent and child.
- Limit your phone use when you’re with your child.
- Spend time reading, creating art and talking with your child, rather than watching TV.
- If you’re upset, S.T.O.P. Stop. Take a breath. Observe. Proceed.
- Teach and practice forgiveness. It’s important to note and address a problem, but it is also important to realize it is temporary and will pass.