“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment without judgment.”   Jon Kabat Zinn

More and more ties are being linked between practicing mindfulness and overall mental health and well-being. Teaching mindfulness helps students with their ability to self manage.

It is important to establish mindfulness practices early in the school year so that a routine is established and students can reap the benefits in terms of learning and gaining a calmer outlook.


The Mind Up curriculum is offered for K-8 students. It is a comprehensive and well written resource that supports many aspects of student well-being. The core practice introduced in the Mind Up program is a great starting point.

There are, however, many supporting read alouds, resources, and videos that can also enhance student learning of Mindfulness.

“Using mindfulness in the classroom teaches children how to calm themselves, how to focus and pay attention, how to manage their behaviour and emotions, and how to practice compassion and kindness. It can also help kids release anxiety and stress.”

Kira Willey