This year, Flat Apple 2021 has incorporated a

Social/Emotion Learning component (SEL).

One kid - many faces, series of clever schoolboy 6-7 years old with facial expressionsThe purpose of doing this is to incorporate the health of “the whole child,” i.e. physical and emotional health.

What Is Social Emotion Learning?   Click here to see a great video that explains!

Activities under Mindfulness Mondays are targeted to help kids be more self-aware of their emotions, the emotions of others, and how to manage both personal and interpersonal interactions.

What is Mindfulness?

Life Coach Lori Wrzesinski gives a great explanation in this video:

The Concept of Being Still

One of the first steps towards mindfulness is being still.  But this is a difficult concept for children to understand.

This video, by Life Coach Lori Wrzesinski, is a great way to help children learn how to “Be Still.”

You can view it on our YouTube channel Too.

The Art of Paying Attention

It is easy to say, “Pay Attention,” but how do you teach a child to do that?

This video offers an easy method to follow.

More Easy and Helpful Mindfulness Videos!

Deep Breathing

Guided Meditation

Healthy Lombard also strongly encourages parents and guardians to dialogue about helping kids verbalize, “How am I feeling?”

One way to do this is by using a tool like a chart shown below to spark conversation.

A copy of this chart is available for download here.

Another SEL tool to encourage Mindfulness is the BINGO SHEET designed by the Whole Kids Foundation shown below.

Participants can complete a BINGO card each week and then submit them at the end of Flat Apple with their Tracker Sheets.

Each Bingo Card is worth 2 tickets.

A copy of the BINGO Card can be downloaded here.

Parents’ Corner

Here are some excellent, short videos to help parents  help their children along their Mindfulness Journey:

Forming Habits Takes Time

Making Good Choices

Helping Teens Develop Good Habits

Here are some helpful articles on mindfulness:

10 Practical Self-Improvement Tips

Here are some other great ideas  from Action For Healthy Kids for ways to demonstrate kindness:

  • Read and discuss a book about an act of kindness. Be sure to delve into why that particular act was important to do and how it may have changed both the person who did it and the one who received it.  
  • Create a “Kindness List” or “Kindness Calendar.” Work with your child to come up with a list of kind things to do and say in various situations, such as helping someone in distress or cheering someone on. You can also create a calendar of kind acts, no matter how small, to do throughout the summer.  ​​​​​
  • Volunteer! Help takes millions of forms, and it’s important for kids to get in the habit of both asking for—and giving—help. Sign up with your child to volunteer somewhere, such as a food pantry, a park clean-up, an animal shelter, a nursing home, or any other kid-friendly place to do some good. Or, you and your child can offer to help someone in your community who needs it by doing things like yard work, giving them a ride, bringing them a home-cooked meal, or offering child care.
  • Journal a list of positive self-affirmations. Be kind to yourself this week by journaling a list of self-affirmations and words of encouragement that you can refer to for a confidence boost! Think about your skills, talents, and passions and use them to guide you as you write.
  • Pay it forward: Perform a “random act of kindness.” Brainstorm ways your child can brighten a stranger’s day, such as leaving a nice note on a car windshield or in a library book, paying for someone’s lunch, writing a nice review of a favorite local business, or giving a small gift to a cashier or person waiting in line.