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What is MindUP?
Purpose and Mission:
At MindUP, we envision a world where every child is equipped with the social-emotional and mental fitness needed to thrive in all aspects of life. To achieve this vision, MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation works with schools to integrate and embed mindful practices into the fabric of learning. MindUP gives children the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotion, live optimistically and act compassionately.
MindUP's signature program is an acclaimed classroom-based curriculum, spanning ages 3 to 14. Published by Scholastic, this 15-lesson series is based on four pillars: neuroscience, social-emotional learning (SEL), positive psychology and mindful awareness. These lessons work together to build a scaffolding of awareness and self-regulation that increases a child's self-control, empathy, optimism, and overall well-being. The core of MindUP's curriculum includes the following:
- Lessons on the brain and how it influences a child's thoughts, emotions, reactions and behaviors
- "Brain Breaks" (the Core Practice) which help students focus on their breath, calm their thoughts and prepare their minds to be present in the moment
- Exploration of different perspectives and development of pro-social behaviors, such as empathy and compassion
- Mindful action in the community through expressions of gratitude, acts of kindness and community service