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The Mindful Family classes are a non-religious, research-based mindfulness program that teaches children ages 5-12 – and their adults – the skill of mindfulness. In this course, children and their adults are taught how to help to grow the non-judgmental and non-reactive space of mindfulness, enabling new and wiser responses that can improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.
Participants are also taught how the skill of mindfulness can also be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and learning to notice our experiences without reacting…..something each and every one of us, young and old, can benefit from.
These outstanding classes are based on the highly effective and researched model of the Mindful Schools curriculum and start with an introduction to mindfulness, teaching children and their adults mindful skills using a variety of techniques and activities designed to teach mindfulness of body, listening, breathing, thoughts, and actions.
Each class consists of sharing experiences, introducing, practicing, and demonstrating (using games or activities) the new lesson, mindful meditation practice, discussion, and instruction on how to practice in the days until the next class. Adults and children work together in the classes, and participation from both – especially the child – is strongly encouraged. Participation includes sharing experiences and thoughts, as well as helping to start, lead, and end classes.
According to studies by the Center for Mindfulness, the benefits of practicing mindfulness for children and adults include:
- Better focus and concentration
- Increased sense of calm
- Decreased stress & anxiety
- Enhanced Health
- Improved Impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Development of natural conflict resolution skills
- Increased empathy and understanding of others
About the Instructor:
Instructor Scott Cameron received his training from the successful and proven effective Mindful Schools in Oakland, CA. Scott has been teaching mindfulness to elementary school children for the past 3 years as a volunteer at Monte Vista Elementary School. He has also been trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to adults and has led adult meditation classes and retreats for years. Scott is the proud father of two boys, a public interest attorney, and has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over 15 years. The Mindful Center rarely brings on teachers to lead ongoing programs….Scott is a rare exception and we are proud and honored to have him teaching with The Mindful Center.
Read what New Mexico educators have said about Instructor Scott Cameron and the benefits of his school-based
“I am so grateful you have helped me establish a mindfulness practice in my classroom. We do mindfulness every day. It helps us come into the present moment, giving us perspective and a moment to sit with our feelings. I’ve noticed a few students who couldn’t sit still for the practice at the beginning of the year, really come to enjoy the challenge of sitting (if only for a few minutes!). It helps diffuse tensions after recess, and reminds us to come back to ourselves. I intend to continue this practice in my classroom in the future.”
Thank you, thank you.”
Grace, 1st and 2nd Grade Combined Teacher, Monte Vista Elementary School
“Scott is an exceptional educator, especially with respect to this subject matter and my students were so engaged and excited about his lessons. He was able to teach them skills that allowed them to become more aware of their bodies, their thoughts and their actions. His lessons taught my students practical strategies for dealing with reality – they learned that they may not be able to change the world around them, but they can take charge of their response to it. My students were already quite well-behaved, but I know that mindfulness can help reduce problem behaviors and increase enthusiasm for learning.
Many of my students this year have horrific backgrounds, and struggle regularly in their home lives. I saw these lessons give them confidence and inner peace. As a whole class, they all eagerly anticipated Scott’s visits and lessons and they all took the lessons to heart. They were at ease with Scott and comfortable sharing their experiences with him. Scott, in turn, was calm and welcoming to all students, and made the whole experience a positive one.”
Julie, 4th Grade Teacher, Monte Vista Elementary School
“My students benefited from mindfulness quite a bit. It creates a nice ending to the day, and my students can quietly develop awareness of themselves and their surroundings. It really helps focus them and they enjoy that quiet time. They say it is calming and relaxing. As we are creating more and more stress for our students, we are going to need tools like mindfulness to help them deal with it.
You are a great instructor because the kids can relate to you. Mindfulness doesn’t seem like something “cheesy” to the kids if the person teaching it is relatable to children.”
Larissa , 4th Grade Teacher, Monte Vista Elementary School
“I would like to refer to you the good services of Scott Cameron. Scott came into our 3rd-4th-5th grade inclusion classroom, and taught students skills in self regulation. He was able to help all of the students learn how to be aware of their body and motion, which can be a constant work in progress for many students, and for myself as well.
Twice a week, fifteen minutes each visit, Scott would give the students the language and practice to improve their ability to find calm. This small calm and the language taught to invite that calm, was something the students valued and practiced on their own. I received a photo from a parent who took her child out of class to get immunization shots, and she talked about how he soothed his anticipation with the practice that he had learned in class from Scott. This practical application is just one of the positive results I heard about from parents of students.
The practice spilled over into the classroom as we fostered the language and posture that Scott taught. This increased the calm in the classroom as well. The visit by Scott was something we all looked forward to. The small change to our schedule brought beneficial change to our entire routine. I, too, practice the ideas Scott taught, as teaching becomes often an exercise in frantic behavior, which is not what I want to pass to my students. I encourage you to welcome Scott to your place, and see what this small change can do.”
Jeff, Golden Apple Fellow, Master Teacher, Monte Vista Elementary School