The week of 4th February 2019 is Children’s Mental Health Week.
This is championed in the UK by Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk supported by HRH Dutches of Cambridge.
We teach children how to write, read, add and subtract along with a whole host of other subjects. Those things are important towards helping them to be successful members of society.
However, if children don’t have the skills and strategies to cope with the stresses that come with the access and use of that knowledge and becoming members of society, they will not be as successful as they can be.
Together, whether we are parents, teachers, club/team leaders or the general public, we need to be actively engaged in giving our children the tools needed for a positive mental health now and in the future.
The development of mindfulness in children can support this positive mental health development.
A number of strategies can be found here for free: https://educationsvoice.wordpress.com/mindfulness-in-the-classroom-series/
Share your ideas and activities in the comments.
If you have missed the official week, that is ok. The development of positive mental health in children is for all year long and not just for one week.
Find more mindfulness strategies for teachers, 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Mindfulness In The Classroom published by Bloomsbury Publishing.