A Note from the School Counsellor

I hope your February is filled with kindness! This month, here is some information about mindfulness. May you experience and share in the gift of being present with those around you.

 

Mindfulness is one way to help children improve mental wellbeing and develop social awareness. When our senses are tuned in to our surroundings in an intentional way, we can enjoy small moments and an increased quality of life. 

 

Four ways to practice mindfulness with children include:

1. Mindful posing – using our body stance to elicit feelings of bravery and self-confidence

2. Spidey senses – using our senses to experience everyday tastes, sounds, etc. in new ways

3. Mindful jar – using a glitter-filled jar to settle our emotions and thoughts

4. Safari – using our attention to notice animals, birds, insects, etc. when we are out for a walk

 

For more mindfulness ideas and activities the entire family may appreciate, check out this website:

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

 

(information adapted from: Mindfulness Activities for Children And Teens: 25 Fun Exercises For Kids, Positive Psychology Program, 2017)

 

A few noteworthy dates coming soon:

Bell Let's Talk Day January 31st, 2018

Pink Shirt Day February 28th, 2018 (this is when we are celebrating as a district)

 

Play is a great way for children to learn valuable social-emotional skills. Check out this exciting program offered in our community:

Random Acts of Play

A great opportunity for children to: meet new friends, experiment and explore, try something different, play games, build stuff, and make memories.

Who: Children and youth ages 7-12

Where: Family Centre #225 200 4th Ave S. (Lethbridge Centre)

When: Fridays 2:00pm—3:30pm (10 weeks)

January 26th—March 30th 2018

Cost: $25 ($5 each additional child)

Facilitated by: Kalie Veres

Call 403-320-4232 to register today (not too late to register)

 

As always, I welcome your questions, and the most convenient way to reach me is through email (christine.oviatt@lethsd.ab.ca) or cell phone (403-394-6838). Please include a time and phone number that is best for me to contact you.