Mindful Body

GRADES K-2

Learning Goal

Students will understand the value and characteristics of a mindful body.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Describe a mindful body
  • Practice a mindful body

Learning Summary

Mindful body has two meanings: 1) being aware of your body—something that can be difficult for young children—and 2) the traditional sit-up-straight posture used in seated mindfulness practice to encourage attention and deep breathing. (Note that mindfulness practice can be done while walking, singing, slouching, or doing most anything!) This lesson touches on both aspects of “mindful body.”

This lesson starts with a quick mindful moment bringing movement to breath. Then the introduction focuses on body awareness followed by a Munchy and Jumpy story. The twin rabbits are part of a community parade but they are both not very aware of their bodies. Jumpy jumps out of control and Munchy eats way too much. They do a double-day to go back and pay more attention to their bodies. The students then practice sitting in the traditional mindful body posture and discuss how it feels. Students then draw a person or their favorite animal practicing a mindful body in their journals.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Classroom Teaching Example