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Children's Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Mindfulness & wellbeing to help
support children

Sleep

Physical and mental wellbeing is vital especially during Lockdown with such a change to normal routine. So it is more important than ever to try and establish routines where you can. For your children a regular sleep and bedtime routine will be very beneficial for their wellbeing.

 

Children have difficulty in falling asleep if they have been active throughout the day. Even if your child is not very 'Sporty', just going for a walk in the fresh air can be helpful. This will not only help with their sleep routine but in our present situation their mental health too.

 

Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep. A few tips to help:

  • A warm (not hot bath)will help them relax
  • Keeping lights dim encourages your child's body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin
  • Once they are in bed, encourage to read quietly along or a story together or listen to some relaxing music
  • They could try this relaxing breathing exercise before bed

 

Mrs Hewitt (SENCO) and Mrs Gower (FLO)

The Endowed - our School

Together-Apart Rebuilding Community: Jigsaws

 

To help you with worship at home and to support those children who are not in school with us at this time, please look at this resource. It have been inspired by the Old Testament books, Ezra and Nehemiah. These books contain the story of the return of the Israelites from exile in Babylon. There are many parallels between the story of the Israelites and what is happening in schools now, hence why this story has been our foundation for this worship plan.

 

‘Let us start rebuilding’

(Nehemiah 2:18)

 

Joyful June Calendar

 

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Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind.

This Joyful June Calendar has daily actions for June 2020 to help us look for what's good even in difficult times.

Below is a  letter from Kent Educational Psycology Department with information about free 30 minute consultations they are offering via video/phone for a limited time.

 

They have also put together a helpful PDF leaflet for parents and carers, with guidance for children's wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

William and Lucy explore Worship at Home

 

At the Endowed, there is a clear pattern to our daily acts of worship. Pupils become familiar with this pattern, which helps them to participate and even lead worship. We would like to offer our support to you, should you wish to make worship part of your personal lockdown routine. This book offers practical support and ideas to help you take part in acts of worship at home with your children. I hope it offers you comfort in these difficult times.

Coronavirus: A book for children

The brilliant illustrator Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download.  Please click on the below link.

 

The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill.  

The Owl and the Guard Dog | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

The Owl and the Guard Dog | Cosmic Kids Zen Den A fun explanation of one of the key principles in mindfulness and happiness.

Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance

A book about teaching children how to train their wondering minds

Anchor your mind with movement

Mindfulness meditation does not always involve sitting down. We can use movement as a way to anchor our mind in the present moment.

Welcome to Cosmic Kids! Yoga and mindfulness for kids.

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

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