Mindfulness is an idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged at the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distractions. We at Oakridge international school teach our young learners to focus on their current tasks by wearing a thinking hat and observing goggles. It helps them in focusing their energy and concentration on the activity they are engaged in. Achieving concentration is one of the main accomplishments in our learning journey especially in the early years. Mindfulness is a lifelong process. We try to inculcate this practice in our regular sessions by probing a child to start their day with a smile, be happy, and thankful to their family and friends for supporting them in their learning process. The goal is to instil international-mindedness in our young learners, who are aware of their immediate communities and can assume a sense of responsibility for the members of the community.
This mindfulness program aligns with our ongoing Unit of Inquiry of Self-awareness and is planned for four weeks. In the first week, the learners are engaged in filling up the Jar of Kindness by sharing their kind deeds. In the second week, guided by teachers they are delving into Mindfulness to be aware of self and surroundings. Engagements planets are to support the learners to gain an awareness of their senses and the surroundings. Self-awareness can lead an individual to take up a more responsible role in different aspects of life. Hence, for the next step teachers have curated engagements that will enable children to spread smiles in the community through random acts of kindness. The goal is to emphasize “Attitude of Gratitude”. The specifically chosen engagements are to encourage the development of moral responsibility in learners at an early age and promote a sense of commitment to the values of their community. It aligns with the IB philosophy and Oakridge vision of developing compassionate individuals who can positively influence the world and help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Ms Kavita Katoch and Ms Ranjana Sinha