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Helping Kids Live Mindfully

A Grab Bag of Classroom Activities for Middle School Students

Catherine DePino

Helping Kids Live Mindfully: A Grab Bag of Classroom Activities for Middle School Students helps students enhance their lives by using Mindfulness on a daily basis in school and at home. It gives them the tools to cope with anger, frustration, and stress, while helping them learn how to talk and listen to get positive results. The book aims to help students maximize their school experience academically and socially. It's a fact that many school districts using Mindfulness programs find that teaching their students Mindfulness techniques can greatly enhance school climate and cut down on discipline problems so students can be free to learn and flourish in the classroom. Additionally, this book helps teachers reach curricular goals in many subject areas by providing small group, entire class, and individual activities. Finally, this book encourages parents and extended family members to participate in the program with their children to help them use Mindfulness in many different situations they encounter daily, such as getting along better with family members, dealing with disappointment, and using technology wisely. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 106Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4758-3529-8 • Hardback • March 2017 • $50.00 • (£32.95)
978-1-4758-3530-4 • Paperback • March 2017 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
978-1-4758-3531-1 • eBook • March 2017 • $24.99 • (£15.95)
Catherine DePino, Ed.D., has written many bully prevention books for children, teachers, and parents, grammar/writing books, and a retirement book for women, and spiritual books for teenagers. For many years, she served as an English teacher, department head, and disciplinarian in the Philadelphia School District, and as a student teaching supervisor for Temple University. Visit her website for more information at www.catherinedepino.com
Note to Teachers
Note to School Counselors and Therapists
Note to Kids Reading This Book
Note to Parents and Guardians

1. Start Living in the Now
2. Stay Grounded in the Present
3. Be Patient with Yourself and Others

4. Cut Down on Stress
5. Use Technology Mindfully
6. Talk to Get Results
7. Listen Up
8. Be Positive When You Speak
9. Use "I" instead of "you"
10. Put Yourself in Another Person's Shoes
11. Get Along Better with Your Family
12. Be Present in School
13. Live in Harmony with Classmates
14. Tune Down Your Sensitivity Button
15. Deal with Disappointment
16. Stop Bad Moods Quickly
17. Cope with Frustration Now
18. Tame Your Anger
19. Practice Loving Kindness
20. Whatever Is, Is—and That's Okay
21. Be Aware of the Moment—Breathe!
Helping Kids Live Mindfully is a creative and engaging guide to introducing mindfulness at home or in the classroom. This book is full of practical and fun exercises that develop the self-awareness and focus required for calming down, paying attention and making better decisions in stressful situations. The mini meditations and journal writings stimulate natural curiosity and are a perfect antidote to digital overload. Author Catherine DePino demonstrates her personal experience with Mindfulness as well as her understanding of the needs of children with the inclusion of kindness practices that cultivate self-esteem and friendliness towards others. Kids, their teachers, parents and counselors will all benefit from these transformational practices.
Robin Boudette Ph.D, licensed psychologist and certified mindfulness instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone.com

This is an excellent book that will help parents, teachers, counselors, therapists, and guardians, as well as the kids. DePino states in Notes to Kids that "the book will take you on an adventure into Mindfulness, a new way of thinking, talking, listening, and relating ..." I think it could do that for adults as well. There is a mini-meditation after each segment of instruction for the student that effectively reinforces that segment. This book is organized for easy usage by adult and child.
William Delamar, hospital management expert and author