Mindfulness

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 78–85

Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori’s Approach

Authors

    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Virginia
ORIGINAL PAPER

DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0045-6

Cite this article as:
Lillard, A.S. Mindfulness (2011) 2: 78. doi:10.1007/s12671-011-0045-6

Abstract

Mindfulness training has had salutary effects with adult populations and it is seen as a potentially helpful to children’s development. How to implement mindfulness practices with young children is not yet clear; some meditation practices, like sitting still for long periods with internally-self-regulated focused attention, seem developmentally inappropriate. Montessori schooling is a 100-year-old system that naturally incorporates practices that align with mindfulness and are suited to very young children. Here I describe how several aspects of Montessori education, including privileging concentrated attention, attending to sensory experience, and engaging in practical work, parallel mindfulness practices. These aspects might be responsible for some of the socio-emotional and executive function benefits that have been associated with Montessori education, and they could be adapted to conventional classroom methods.

Keywords

Education Mindfulness practices Montessori Attention Concentration

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