W e teach a Grit and Growth Mindset to view each experience as an opportunity to progress rather than as a defeat or embarrasment.
One Key to coaching mindset beliefs in children lies in how parents and teachers praise and motivate children.
A growth Mindset is the resilience to cope with adversity and change, through adaptability.
The Acronym for LIFE is:
- Learn to be mindful
- Inner helpful thoughts
- Feeling Like a resilient person
- Enjoy a healthy Lifestyle.
How do we learn to do that? Firstly we Intentionally teach our children social and emotional skills just like you would learn to read and write. Discussing feelings, pivoting from disappointment, listening to body clues, learning helpful thoughts Verses unhelpful thoughts, choosing behaviour choices wisely and the natural consequences to unfavourable choices, incorporating healthy eating, and learning confidence through being brave and self help skills.
The education system is failing in the areas of social and emotional development. Today 1 in 5 people suffer from Anxiety. Components of Anxiety are:
- Affective ( feeling of fear, panic, irritation)
- Cognitive ( worry, negative thoughts. Poor concentration)
- Physiological ( increased heart rate, stomach aches, muscle tension, insomnia
- Behavioural ( flight, fight, freeze, reassurance seeking)
More schools are incorporating resilience programs for this purpose. We are the only child care on the coast rolling out a resilience program which is recognised by the World Health Organisation and is curriculum based. We see this as an extremely valuable tool in preparing children for a smooth transition into their preparatory year of formal schooling.
We roll out the program in our pre prep room in March and we hold a parent information night to explain the program and bring you onto the same page as your child, to enable you to reflect the same language at home. Positive reinforcement is the key to successful sustainability. We roll out a more age appropriate version in Snakes in August in readiness for when they move into pre prep the following year. A parent information night is held once again for the same purpose.
We encourage you to engage in conversations with your child/children about the resilience program and invite you to speak to the educators or the kindy teacher if you have questions. It’s the start of a mindful life long journey and you will enjoy watching your children flourish.
Watch the video to see the Resilience program in action.
Yoga is integrated into our curricular programming in this room to support the resilience program in readiness for school. The yoga is on a TUESDAY morning 9.00-9.30 and as a result it is cost effective for parents.
There are five key areas where children benefit from yoga practice and each of them improves their overall well being.
- It enhances Physical Flexibility- promoting physical strength and learning to use their muscles in new ways which challenges various muscle groups.
- It refines balance and coordination – Balance is a key element. Balancing poses promote mental and physical poise such as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of calming and focusing. Coordination and balance promotes overall dexterity.
- It develops focus and concentration – the act of practising poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. This flows over into concentration at school.
- It boosts self esteem and confidence- it teaches them to persevere, be patient and work towards their goals. When a child masters a pose it gives them confidence and builds self esteem as it is the child who has to work to succeed.
- It strengthens the mind-body connection – it helps children achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. This will teach children to behave with mindfulness, compassion, being brave and to know love and happiness through the practice of inner peace.