Mindfulness has helped me because when my brother made me mad I took a belly breath and it made me brave and calm down.

I really liked the games and using our four senses.  This helps me enjoy the things around me.

 I really liked connecting with my hero inside of me. It makes me feel safe.

 I enjoyed the humming bowl because it helps me calm down.

First Grader

When my dog died, I did the belly breath and it made me feel better.

First Grader

First Grader

I am so pleased that all 3 of my children were able to be exposed to mindful thinking and strategies while at school. I have seen them settle down, close their eyes, and use deep breathing at home to calm down. They also have new language and tricks to use when feeling anxious or angry. All three really enjoyed the activities with Katie, and I appreciated the take home flyers with activities for us to do as a family. 

Harper Elementary School Parent

Harper students have truly been given a life-long learning opportunity through the mindful lessons taught by Katie and Ramaa.  Over the course of two years, students have learned how to be more reflective, engaged, relaxed, kind and forgiving.  I have seen first-hand how students have applied what they have learned during weekly mindful lessons to every day experiences, such as a disagreement with a friend or a stressful moment.” 

The mindfulness classes allowed me to see the students holisticly.  I've gotten so caught up with curriculum, meeting goals and data that I have been missing the essence of teaching.  The child. Being present and sharing everyday with the kids has re-energized my teaching as well as my own happiness.


I hope you come back to Harper next year.  


An Appreciative Administrator

First Grade Teacher

Is there a quantifiable link between mindfulness and improved school performance? 
Mindfulness programs consistently deliver: 

  • focus and concentration

  • increased sense of calm

  • decreased stress and anxiety 

  • improved impulse control​

  • increased self-awareness and empathy

  • development of conflict resolution skills 

These tools translate to increased success in test preparation, execution, along with strides into athletics, the creative arts and overall performance. Through Mindfulness training, students develop the skills to regulate their nervous systems in real time. 


What’s the difference between Mindfulness Training, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and Anti-Bullying campaigns? Our curriculum is not meant to replace existing SEL programs or anti-bullying campaigns; they support one another in a synergistic fashion. Mindfulness programs can increase the effects of SEL programs. Mindfulness helps students to train their attention and regulate their responses to impulses. When students operate from this perspective of self-regulation, they are able to think clearly enough to choose the most effective SEL strategy, in the heat of the moment. Mindfulness is the “missing basic” to the hundreds of programs that ask students to “STOP” in some way before acting. 


Does Mindfulness Training have a positive effect on a child’s brain? 
Mindfulness practice is associated with changes in the brain. Thirty (30) years of research has confirmed that there is increased gray matter in the insula, the area in the brain that plays a role in self-awareness and empathy for emotions. Through Mindfulness Training, there is evidence that shows positive changes in both the hippocampus, which controls the flight or fight response and where learning and memory take place, and in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which controls executive function and attention control. Since the PFC continues to mature into the 20’s, decision-making for adolescents can be more challenging. Mindfulness occurs in the moment between stimulus and response. It creates space so that impulsive reactions can be replaced with thoughtful responses. 


Is Mindfulness a religion? Mindfulness can be as simple as taking a deep breath before an important event, or bringing our full awareness to a moment spent with our children. Cultivating this compassionate and purposeful awareness allows us to be present for the important people in our lives. This attention is a loving gift we can offer. Practicing contemplation is just one way to cultivate mindfulness. While it is true that contemplation is found in many religious traditions, it is also widely found outside the context of religion. Mindfulness holds a prominent place in medicine, mental health and education.  At GTM we take our commitment to teach in a secular manner seriously. Everyone at GTM signs a personal commitment to integrate mindfulness in education in a way that neither advances nor inhibits the religious beliefs (or lack of beliefs) of the educators, staff, students, parents, and community with whom we interact.  


Can students participate in the program year after year? 
Our program is designed to provide age-specific curriculum to meet the changing needs of children throughout the development process. The goal is to provide small capsules of teaching that resonate with each grade level. Through reinforcement, children can develop skills that can sustain them over a lifetime. 


What’s the overall program cost? 
Costs are based on a price per project basis. 


What does a suggested program look like?
Programs are tailored to fit specific needs. We do suggest a seven class package, along with two staff/parent meetings.

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