Mindfulness and More

Emma Harrison
Rising 3rd – Rising 5th Graders
July 22 - 26 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Bring a filled water bottle, healthy snack and a thin towel to camp each day.
Mindfulness is becoming a buzz word in the education community. But what exactly is it? Mindfulness means maintaining a focused awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations and surrounding environments. Mindfulness programs are becoming popular in classrooms nationwide as they have been proven to relieve stress, anxiety, emotional stability and impulsivity. Not surprisingly, this intense awareness of self has proven to have a positive impact on academics. The goal of this camp is to provide campers with tools to deal with negative or anxious thoughts, build self-confidence, increase focus and regulate emotions.
The practice of mindfulness begins with developing an understanding of the brain. Students will learn about the amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, and how practicing mindfulness has a positive impact on our brain and overall well-being. They will learn how to develop a present self-awareness through daily mindful meditation and breathing exercises. In addition, campers will create “Brain Jars” that they can use when they’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed. They will participate in mindful art, writing, listening and cooperative group activities. This camp is designed to give students tools and techniques to become more mindful in everyday situations, whether it’s in the classroom, on the field or in an anxiety-inducing environment.
Emma Harrison is a 4th Grade teacher at Collegiate School. She has been trained in Mindful Educator Fundamentals through the Mindful Schools Organization. Emma has enjoyed implementing mindfulness in her classroom throughout the 2018-19 school year and looks forward to continuing the practice with the Mindfulness Camp!
For more information, contact Emma Harrison at emma_harrison@collegiate-va.org.