SunChild Supporting mindfulness in the Classroom

Posted by Charlotte Ziff on

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1 IN 7 PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, WHICH IS WHY MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER.

Research has shown that mindfulness helps us reduce anxiety and depression by teaching us how to better understand our own emotions, intentions and beliefs with self compassion in the present moment. Sunchild Affirmation deck was specifically designed with this in mind, to support childrens wellbeing.

Our ethos is developed from the belief that all children hold a natural light inside, but we can lose this sense of Self as we grow. SunChild reminds children that they are loved, fulfilled, and whole just the way they are, helping them grow confidently with resilience, a positive belief system and a connection to natures support.

 

THE IMPACT OF SUNCHILD ON STUDENTS MENTAL WELLBEING:

  • Growing emotional-social regulation skills: Helping children to have better self-awareness through noticing, naming and responding to emotional states, all while growing a healthy and strong self-esteem.

  • A secure adult-child relationship: Sunchild cards spark open, mindful and meaningful communication between teacher, student & peers. This helps to create a nurturing environment where the child feels supported and can also be seen to improve reading comprehension.

  • Practicing sustained attention: Strengthening our ability to restore calm and practice focus.

  • Showing compassion to self & others: Recognising we are all imperfect and make mistakes helps us build empathy and a deeper connection to self and others.

  • The power of positive affirmations & gratitude: Consistently showing thankfulness and positive beliefs increases life satisfaction.

     

TIPS ON HOW TO USE SUNCHILD CARDS...

  • Class affirmation: pull a card at the start of the day to set a positive intention and focus the class energy

  • Home time reflection: As the day is closing, pull a card for a moment of reflection & gratitude

  • A moment of calm: when the class is over-excited to inspire a moment of calmness

  • Emotional conversation starter: When a child is upset or argumentative as a way to talk to you about their feelings

  • Inspire joy: For fun to inspire joy into the classroom

  • Making friends: Everyone gets a card to introduce themselves to the class

  • Weekly intention: Leave an affirmation on each child's desk every Monday to empower at the start of each week

     

TESTIMONIALS – WHY TEACHERS LOVE SUNCHILD

"As a nursery and primary school teacher I have LOVED introducing the Sunchild affirmation cards into the setting. The children are mesmerised by the beautiful illustrations and the wording on the cards. Every day we start with pulling an affirmation to focus our energy on for the day. The children are always super excited to pull a card and they all repeat the affirmation and use the meaning throughout the day.

We have more recently used the cards to support remotely children’s well-being whilst at home during the lockdown in the UK. Parents have responded with saying how beautiful the cards are and how it is really helping focusing children’s inner light and  mindset during this hard time.

Personally I feel these cards have brought so much joy to the setting and such a positive energy to the children. Reminding them of their self worth, their own power and strength as individuals. I am so thankful that Sunchild was created and cannot imagine not using them in our classroom."

-LUCINDA POUTNEY, SCHOOL TEACHER

“I absolutely love the cards!! They have made such a huge impact on my class!! My kids look forward to picking the cards each week. It has been going so well the past few weeks, now in week 6 and I’ve noticed it myself how my thinking has changed too! So lovley… THANK YOU for making these beautiful cards.”

-GENEVIEVE MCAULIFFE, SCHOOL TEACHER 

We Now Offer SunChild School Bundle! Contact us if via Contact form, to learn more and receive decks for the children in your classroom…

From pulling a Sunchild card daily, you will be building a foundation of happiness and empowerment from the inside. No matter what a child faces in life, they will have a deep knowing they are always supported from the very start. With the help of Sunchild you will be assisting children to keep their light shining, always.

 

Keep Your Light Shining,

Charlotte xo

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