Ours is a classic labyrinth with a continuous circular path that winds back around itself seven times before reaching the center. Students are asked to walk mindfully through it. For young children who love to run, this requires a different kind of effort.
From the Mindfulness in Schools website:
"Mindfulness has been shown to have effects on very useful underlying emotional and social skills and qualities in adults. These include the ability to feel in control, to make meaningful relationships, to accept experience without denying the facts, to manage difficult feelings, and to be calm, resilient, compassionate, and empathic. Mindfulness has been shown to have positive effects on intellectual skills, improving sustained attention, visual-spatial memory, working memory, and concentration." Researchers are just beginning to study the effects of mindfulness on children, but so far are finding similar results.
White Pine Montessori School is a preschool located in a nurturing home setting in the Bethlehem - Littleton NH area. White Pine Montessori inspires children to develop their own natural independence, self esteem, and love of life and learning.