MINDFULNESS COURSES FOR SCHOOLS
We are very excited to be able to offer the Paws b training for primary school children and the .b course for secondary school pupils. At Train My Mind because of our extensive training we can go one step further, we can train the teachers and even the parents too. See full details about Paws.b below.
.b, pronounced [dot-be], is the UK’s leading mindfulness curriculum for 11-18 year olds in schools. .b stands for ‘stop and be’, a simple practice which is an essential part of the course.
Each .b interactive lesson (between 40 minutes and 1 hour) is for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill. The .b materials are designed to engage even the most sceptical of young minds. This part of the website is just being developed so for more information see MiSP the Mindfulness in Schools project.
What is Paws b Mindfulness Training?
It is the leading mindfulness curriculum for 7 -11 year old children in schools in the UK. The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as six, one hour lessons, or twelve 30 minute lessons. In each lesson they learn a practical exercise they can call on should they need it. Learning from all of the lessons is encouraged to be connected to other aspects of the school curriculum where and when appropriate, such as music, sport, art, drama, queuing to come into the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.
Lesson 1 – Our Amazing Brain
In lesson 1 children learn about how their brain works and how they can train their minds to be more efficient. They explore parts of the brain focusing on the job of the pre-frontal cortex.
Lesson 2 – Puppy Training
In this lesson the children explore the focus of their attention and how it can be trained just like we train a puppy. They learn that we do this with an attitude of kindness. This week they learn about the role of the Hippocampus.
Lesson 3 – Finding a Steady Place
In this lesson the children learn that we all have ‘wobbles’ and that we can learn to steady ourselves. They are beginning to learn and recognise the insula’s role in recognising different body states in ourselves and others and how that can relate to their mood.
Lesson 4 – Dealing with Difficulty
This week the children explore the idea of reactivity, what it is and when it happens. They learn to nurture attitudes of kindess, curiousity and acceptance to their experiences. They learn about the amygdala and its role in ‘flight or fight’.
Lesson 5 – The Storytelling Mind
The children discuss what thoughts are and how they can learn to recognise them. They learn the link between body, emotion and urges/actions. They begin to recognise habits of mind, further exploring how to steady themselves.
Lesson 6 – Growing Happiness
This week the children learn to explore the way in which they can nurture happiness in themselves. That they can savour happiness, that they make choices, which can lead them to a happy state. They learn that happiness, kindness to self and others along with gratitude are all connected.
Potential benefits for children:
- Promotes well-being in the child and develops emotional resilience
- Offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life now and in the future
- Develops a number of practical skills and exercises that they can choose and call on when needed.
- Extends the thinking skills and creativity in line with the national curriculum, such as metacognition.