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Madison Torey J Fifth Graders Benefit from Mindfulness Program

Read The Madison Eagle article

“Some of the days we had mindfulness, I would be in a better mood for the rest of the day,” said one Fifth Grader at Torey J. Sabatini elementary school in Madison.

Torey J.’s entire Fifth Grade participated in the eight-week Beginning Mindfulness course I taught last November and December, in 30-minute sessions.  During our classes, I taught the students how to manage big feelings, lower test and performance anxiety and strengthen their focus and concentration.

Some of my favorite comments:

  • I feel so relaxed.
  • I used this in my basketball game, when I was at the foul line. I was so nervous.
  • It helped me calm down when I was doing my homework.
  • I couldn’t fall asleep, and then I listened.  I went right off.
  • At my concert, I was really nervous, and I thought I’d mess up. But then I took three calm-down breaths.

Young people understand that mindfulness is a skill they can use in all kinds of moments:  “When I have something important happening in my life, I will use mindfulness,” reported one student on his course evaluation form.

 

 

 

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I’m a certified mindfulness teacher and speaker who helps students – of all ages – pause, breathe and think. As a mother, long-time educator and writer, my goal is to share the brain-changing benefits of sitting still. For over 20 years, it’s been my practice and my compass.

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