It is so exciting to be teaching Master the Mountain programs in schools. What’s even more amazing are the results we are noticing for children, siblings, teachers and parents in such short periods of time. Master the mountain is a unique in-school program which blends mindfulness, yoga, breathing, tapping, positive psychology, speech and language concepts and more. Everything I wished I learnt at school!
Clapham Primary School and Master the Mountain in Term 3, 2018
Clapham Primary School integrated Master the Mountain programs into every year level. The teachers were trained in the first 5 modules (as shown below), which we implemented into the classroom, for 2 weeks at a time, in term 3. The teachers used the activities in the classroom for 5-15 mins everyday and I taught 20 minute sessions every Friday. We also ran a successful parent information session because a lot of parents were reporting children were teaching them the activities at home. The parents loved learning about the neurological, physical, emotional and metal benefits and left feeling wonderful themselves.
Master the Mountain Modules include:
Module 1 – Focus and concentration
Module 2 – Understanding your mind
Module 3 – Relaxation and stillness
Module 4 – Emotional awareness
Module 5 – Anger Management
Not only do all the modules include everything i wish I was taught at school but all activities are suitable for space constraints in classrooms, align with the curriculum, are physically safe, can be modified with guidance and take between 1-5 minutes. The teachers especially loved the detailed lesson plans with scripts so activities ran smoothly and effectively.
“A fantastic program that is easy to implement in a classroom setting. The exercises are broken into clear steps, with scripts and you get maximum benefit in short periods of time.”
Ben Hillier, Year 4/5 teacher at Clapham Primary School
The amazing results
I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback we received during and after the Term 3 service at Clapham Primary School. All the teachers noticed improvements in focus, listening and stillness, the ability to feel and process emotions and awareness of thoughts and actions. Student comments are heart melting!
“Yoga and mindfulness makes me feel calm and peaceful. I have even used it at home. One night when I couldn’t get to sleep, I put my hands on my belly and felt my belly move up and down with my breath. I felt more calm and went to sleep.” Poppy, year 5
“Yoga and mindfulness helps me relax and relieve stress. It helps me learn and concentrate during class.” Kyle, year 4
“It helps me to relax and reflect, which helps me get rid of any stress or worries. I can concentrate on my work better without getting distracted talking to people around me.” Starley, year 7
“It makes my mind calmer” Isobel, Reception
“Master the Mountain is a professional, supportive, engaging, and dynamic program that is designed to support all students and staff in their overall wellbeing. Since Master the Mountain has been implemented at Clapham Primary School its success in supporting students and staff has been clearly evident. Staff have noted students:
• increased concentration throughout the day,
• being able to independently self-regulate,
• accessing the tools and strategies taught to support them when feeling anxious or overwhelmed and can articulate how they are feeling to others (whereas previously they may not have),
• decision making has been more thoughtful and considered.
Staff have described how the modules provided are extremely helpful; in particular, the script is clear, succinct and assists them to confidently deliver the sessions. The support from Master the Mountain staff is outstanding. The varying activities/lessons are easy to deliver, are age appropriate, well timed, and can be administered in a classroom setting easily – there is no need to move to a special space. A wonderful strategy for life, teaching students that these can be used anytime and anywhere!
Students now have a common language and understanding of mindfulness and techniques to use to support them in their everyday lives. Many students have shared how they are teaching their families and using these strategies at home, or at sports, music lessons etc. Master the Mountain has enabled our school to be able to build lifelong skills and strategies within students to support them now and in the future.”
Services and contact
Master the mountain services include: tailor made incursions taught by MTM staff, training teachers, parents and staff to deliver the programs, professional development sessions, information sessions for parents, yoga classes for teachers, retreat days and more. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org