Mindfulness has been a bit spread out this past month with conferences and Thanksgiving, but everyone has been extra excited to participate on the days we are in school!
The Friday before Thanksgiving break we talked about what we are thankful for. When I asked the kids what being thankful meant to them I got a few simple and sweet responses back. Being happy! Being happy for the things that we have in our lives. We talked a little about how lucky we are to live in a place where we have clean water to drink, nutritious food that keeps our bodies healthy, families that love us, and a planet that provides us everything we need to live. We made a thankful tree, where everyone shared what they are thankful for. We wrote our thankfuls on leaves and then glued them to the tree. We noticed that the more thankful leaves we added to our tree that the more full and beautiful the tree became. We talked about how our lives are a little like the thankful tree in the sense that the more things we are thankful for in our lives, the more beautiful and fulfilling it is!
Mindfulness at Home
Write your own list of thankfuls! It’s fun to brainstorm all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for in our lives. You could even draw pictures or make a book of thankfuls to remind yourself when you are feeling a little blue. You could also set aside a small time of the day to have a gratitude circle with your own family. Meal times, after school, or even before bed can be a great time to have a short period of reflection and think about what you are thankful for during the day, and every day!
Today in mindfulness we had a mindful obstacle course that consisted of lots of big gross motor movement, and some more careful precise movements. The obstacle course stations consisted of frog jumps from lily pad to lily pad, bear crawling over a trail, crocodile crawling through a swampy cave, hedgehog rolls over a mat, and carrying a small cup of water while balancing on a line to some pitchers. The pitchers of water were later used to water the school plants, so everyone was extremely careful as to not spill their share of the water. The room that we were is can be a bit tight with lots of energetic bodies moving around, so we made sure keep our bodies safe and notice where our friends were. At the water station we had to practice patience while waiting for friends to carry the water to the destination.
Mindfulness at Home
Create your own obstacle course! You can use household items on that too cold and snowy days to create opportunities to exercise in your own home. Tables make great caves to crawl though, pillows or rags can easily be jumping stations to leap and bound to, milk crates of wooden boxes are great for plyometrics! If you want to add some more precision and careful work into your obstacle course carrying objects on spoons, or walking with little containers full of water can help kids practice being more steady and controlled with their movements. Your kids can also come up with some very creative uses for your everyday household objects to add to your obstacle course.