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Mindful Classrooms

Mindful Classrooms

Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning (PreK to Grade 5)


Teaching students how to focus and self-regulate at a young age can provide them with skills that will help throughout their schooling and adult lives. Like anyone, they need easy-to-remember tools and strategies to calm their minds and focus on the moment. This interactive, research-based curriculum helps preK and elementary teachers integrate simple, ready-to-use stretching, breathing, and reflective exercises as well as other mindfulness practices into their daily classroom routines.


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ISBN: 978-1-63198-369-6
Illustrated: full color, photos
Audience: Educators grade preK–5
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 194
Digital Content: Includes reproducible forms from the book.
Praise for Mindful Classrooms

“Especially recommended.”—Wisconsin Bookwatch

Mindful Classrooms offers wonderfully concrete activities for teachers who want to lead mindful movement and breathing exercises with their students in the classroom. It’s the perfect complement to the daily guided sitting practices that more and more schools are embedding into the school day to benefit both students and teachers. This book can help educators foster a more mindful classroom in which to support their students’ social and emotional learning.”—Laurie Grossman, director of social justice and educational equity, Inner Explorer, Inc.
“I have been inspired by the research presented that shows the positive effects of secular mindfulness in schools. It allows time for reflection while reducing stress and anxiety. Learning how to relax and concentrate on the task at hand is important and worthwhile for students, teachers, and even superintendents. I’m hopeful for Mindful Classrooms, and I want to encourage everyone to reflect on the importance of having a proper balance.”—Dr. Paul Cruz, Austin ISD superintendent
“Mindful Classrooms has helped teach our students and staff to self-regulate when they are frustrated, angry, or anxious, or they need a brain break. Academics are very important but with the help of Mindful Classrooms, we are teaching whole-child life skills that will complement their academic work.”—Mark Overly, Carrcroft Elementary principal
“My students have been more aware of themselves and how their attitude affects themselves and others. They’ve even told me ‘I was able to do this when I was angry, and I wanted to yell but I just breathed, and I worked through it.’”—Callie Alldredge, Pflugerville Elementary third-grade teacher
“Students and teachers quickly embraced using Mindful Classrooms on a daily basis. Both groups stated it helps them be more centered and focused. It’s had a positive impact on my campus from kindergarten through fifth grade.”—Genia Antoine, Pflugerville Elementary principal
“One of my favorite parts of the day is walking into a classroom where the teacher is leading a mindfulness activity. Seeing a room full of kiddos, sitting on the carpet, working on their breathing together, with the teacher modeling it with them . . . it’s really amazing to see. The Mindful Classrooms activities have been huge for our campus climate and we have even started incorporating mindfulness at our morning assemblies. It’s that important.”—Brian Hill, Pillow Elementary principal
“I have experienced Mindful Classrooms as both a parent and an educator. Both my son and my students alike have learned how to use mindfulness as a tool to self-regulate. Professionally and personally I have learned how to use mindfulness as a way to manage everyday stressors that come along with being an educator, a wife, and a mother.”—Allison Hinojosa, Gullett Elementary preK teacher and mom
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    BS.LS.2, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.7, BS.LS.9
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User Reviews

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June 14, 2021 / Maria Frosch
I love this book!

I really love “Mindful Classrooms” by James Butler. It has been extremely helpful with all of the different activities from mindful breathing to mindful eating. Mindful listening has been an excellent tool to use while transitioning to the next activity or while waiting for the next class in the hallway. The different activities center the students and gives them skills that they can draw on when they get overwhelming feelings. I love this book and recommend it to ANY classroom teacher.

June 24, 2019 / Carrie Jones
Definitely 5 stars!

I LOVE Mindful Classrooms! I have so, so many students that struggle emotionally and also with sensory things. I have found this book to be incredibly helpful in implementing strategies to reach all of my students and help them to better succeed academically. Highly recommend!

June 24, 2019 / Laura Jones - Maine
THANK YOU for the wonderful products!!

I have been using “Mindful Classrooms” and “Mindfulness In a Jar” with the students that I work with in our Reset Room (where students come when they are dysregulated and/or exhibiting escalated behaviors). I am thrilled with the effective and easily-implemented suggestions in these two products…and the students seem to really benefit from, and enjoy, using them! My plan is to introduce the products to all of our classroom teachers so that they can be used school-wide next year.


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