MindUP SEL Curriculum
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Lesson 2: Mindful Awareness, students in K-5th grades will gain an understanding of the difference between mindful and unmindful behaviors. The goal for students is to be able to apply the concept of mindful awareness to their own lives.
Lesson 3: Focused Awareness
We all have moments when we feel flustered. When this happens, it is important we pause, listen, and really focus in on our breathing. For children, it can be useful when they need help settling down to work or when they are shifting their attention between tasks. In this lesson, students will practice mindful listening and mindful breathing. These exercises will help their mind and body relax and improve their focus.
Lesson 4: Mindful Listening
Students will practice mindful listening by engaging in activities that train their brains to concentrate on specific sounds. In addition, they will learn about the role of the reticular activating system (RAS) as a filtering device for the brain. Through mindful listening, students can gain more control of how they think and behave, laying the groundwork for social awareness and effective communication.
Lesson 5: Mindful Seeing
Mindful seeing uses the sense of sight to help children focus and become more aware of their surroundings. The practice can also help students settle and relax when needed. In this lesson, students will focus their attention on particular objects and describe the visual details they see, such as color, size, shape, and texture.
Lesson 6: Mindful Smelling
Mindful smelling is when we use our sense of smell to become more aware of our environment. This can help us observe our world and sharpen our memory. Because our memory and smell centers in the brain are near each other, some of our memories and experiences can be triggered by certain smells. In MindUP lesson 6, students will practice mindful smelling and learn how using their sense of smell helps them recognize and learn more about their environment and the world. This lesson is divided into two parts. Part 1 is about how scents can remind us of special people, places and memories. Part 2 is a practice in mindful smelling and also includes a game called “Mystery Scents.”
Lesson 7: Mindful Eating
It is important that children are reminded to take their time while eating so that they can appreciate the flavors and textures of their food. Mindful tasting helps children identify different taste sensations, build descriptive skills and approach food with a healthy outlook. In MindUP lesson 7, students will practice mindful tasting and learn how to train their brain to focus on what they are eating and how they are eating it. They will practice slowing down and savoring their food.
MindUP Lesson 8: Mindful Movement – Part 1
When we move mindfully, we focus on the different motions and sensations that we feel in our body when it is at rest or active. By focusing on these sensations, we can recognize the signals our body sends to our brain that help us monitor physical and mental states such as exertion, stress and relaxation. In Lesson 8: Mindful Movement (Part 1), children will learn about the sensations they feel in their bodies when they are active and when they are resting. They will also learn to monitor their own heart rate and breathing through exercise control.
MindUP Lesson 9: Mindful Movement – Part 2
In Lesson 9: Mindful Movement (Part 2), children will practice building their awareness by using physical challenges, such as balance, to help their brain focus and work more efficiently. They will challenge and mindfully control their balance through a variety of mindful movements. In addition, they will continue to deepen their awareness of physical sensations and practice describing these sensations.
MindUP Lesson 10: Perspective Taking
Perspective taking allows us to consider more than one way of understanding a behavior, event or situation. With children, it promotes tolerance and is a pathway to getting along with their peers. In Lesson 10: Perspective Taking, students will learn how to build healthy relationships with others through having an open mind. They will practice looking at different points of view and understanding different perspectives.
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