As a core element of Roberts Field programming and value system, we emphasize and practice mindfulness as compassionate awareness to guide our communication, expression, and program experiences as a whole. We extend this practice to our whole school, teachers, children, parents, and caregivers alike.
Compassionate awareness is a life practice and community paradigm that develops both the adult and child’s ability to be heard, seen, and valued within their relationships. Through awareness, we grow while being nurtured by our community. We are then able to authentically offer our full presence and compassion to all those with whom we share our lives and activity.
The roots of this practice at Roberts Field guide the child to an awareness of his or her feelings, behavior, and needs, and how to express them in ways that result in their needs being met and honored. Reciprocally, the child also learns to receive and support the expression and needs of others.
Compassionate awareness practices have been proven to help children and adults relieve stress, increase concentration and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, improve communication and emotional literacy, improve collaborative skills, and inspire creativity. Being mindful and aware centers and strengthens our school mission, and allows us to feel a deeper connection to life, art, friendship and community. Simply, at Roberts Field, we are happier through this practice of compassionate awareness.