focus and mindfulness


Focus & Mindfulness At School


Have you ever thought about your own thinking? Have you ever thought about changing your thinking? Have you ever wondered about how we learn? At Phoenix Rising we do as part of our curriculum in C.R.E.A.T.E. class, a program that makes our school absolutely unique on planet Earth.

C.R.E.A.T.E. stands for “Consciously Realizing Every Attitude and Thought into Experience” and it is a class filled with fun, inspiration, and laughter. Its information, exercises and disciplines empower children to focus their minds in schoolwork, friendships, and other aspects of their lives.


Is C.R.E.A.T.E. about meditation and mindfulness? You’d be falling short to say that. There is much more going on in the curriculum which is based on the idea that our thoughts and attitudes impact our experiences in life, here – life and learning at school. It includes elements of cognitive neuroscience, some biology, quantum physics, social and emotional learning, targeting training in mindfulness, executive functions, and the power of focus. By learning about focus and applying it in various techniques, students get to learn first-hand to be involved in the creation of their learning experience. It provides them with the knowledge and the tools for greater self-management and self-efficacy, which are important skills for learners.


“I want the children to believe in themselves and know they can accomplish what they set their minds on.” says Ms Sonya, C.R.E.A.T.E. founder and specialist.


Here are a few quotes by our students about C.R.E.A.T.E.:


“Kind of, well, whatever you want to do is possible and no one can doubt it. I make things happen with my brain and focus. It helps me know how to to read and write.” Komaire (Kindergarten)


“One of the things I like is the power of your mind, because, like, focusing and experience new things that you want. Basically things like (being) a better reader or like you want to get the super math, the super math 5000, (which means) basically being really good at math.” Tyler (4th grade)


“Well, there is a lot of things I like about C.R.E.A.T.E. and I’m gonna have to go with archery because it’s fun. Especially when you have blinders on because since I have always used my eyes for almost everything, I really liked learning how to use your mind by seeing stuff with that. It helped me in school hold my focus.” Madison (4th grade)


“The greatest thing I learned in C.R.E.A.T.E. is archery. Well, because you can shoot where you want to go. It helps me go in the right directions.” Shaynan (6th grade)

“The Walk®* is kind of fun. And it tires you and you can get stuff, like I got a computer that I got from the Walk.” Radcliffe (3rd grade).

“What I learned through all my C.R.E.A.T.E.’s I’ve ever had was to focus. Each year I had better results. Every year I learned something new about myself and about focus. Then there is archery. I love archery. Always have always will. I feel as if archery is there to strengthen everything. Shooting those bows have not only made me strong physically, but it has made me strong in the Force. Hearing that thud and tear of the arrow piercing the target. I also learned how to aim…WITH MY EYES CLOSED. That sounds cliche. I think archery will help get me anywhere even with my eyes closed. Thank you C.R.E.A.T.E.” Tahsis, Phoenix Rising Alumnus


To learn more about C.R.E.A.T.E. visit our website.

See a short video of one of our focus games, Find Your Friend here.

View photos here.

Read an Edutopia article on the importance of focused attention here.

*Analogical Archery℠ and the Neighborhood Walk® are Trademarks and Service Marks of JZ Knight and are used with permission.