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Albemarle Montessori: Mindfulness

Welcome,

One of the hot topics now is “mindfulness”. It is the development of a consciousness of everything around you, an awareness. People think it is trendy and new, but it has been a long-held notion that was inherent in the more slow-paced life of several generations ago. All of us as youngsters were admonished to be “mindful” without really thinking about what it meant.

The benefit of mindfulness is that you become more aware of your surroundings, allowing you to interact more fully with your environment. It is a healthy practice because it builds attention, lessens stress, calms the body, and enables deep breathing. Yet, it is a difficult discipline to maintain in our hectic, fast-paced world.

At Albemarle Montessori, we help a child develop mindfulness from the very first day. We introduce a child to the materials that she can manipulate and engage with. By working with the materials, that child begins developing concentration. We emphasize the importance of process over product, emphasizing to the child to slow down with a work, discover it thoroughly, and use imagination to explore how to use the material in a creative way.

We also help a child become more conscious of her surroundings. Through the grace and courtesy lessons, that child learns to be truly aware of other beings in the classroom and how to interact with them in a appropriate, respectful, and self-fulfilling way. The practical life activities such as walking the line and the silence game also help a child become more aware and nurture calmness.

Throughout each day our Montessori classroom helps a child develop a mindful practice. The result is that your child is calmer, more comfortable with other children, and more aware of her surroundings. Come visit us at Albemarle Montessori to see mindfulness in action!

Thanks for reading!

 

Fred Catlin

Director of AMCC

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