Mindfulness Blog

10/3/22 Blog Post

Hello MCS friends and families! This week’s mindfulness lesson was all about connecting to the here and the now. We started by reading I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde. Not only does this book have beautiful illustrations but it is a wonderful starting point for talking to children about connecting to the present moment. Throughout the book we paused to notice our emotions, our breath, and our surroundings. After finishing our book, we took time to find peace and connect to the present moment with a short yoga practice and “belly wave” meditation. It was so fun to try out new poses together and explore the idea of meditation. 

9/19/22 Blog post

Hello MCS friends and families! This week’s mindfulness lesson was all about connecting to the here and the now. We started by reading I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde. Not only does this book have beautiful illustrations but it is a wonderful starting point for talking to children about connecting to the present moment. Throughout the book we paused to notice our emotions, our breath, and our surroundings. After finishing our book, we took time to find peace and connect to the present moment with a short yoga practice and “belly wave” meditation. It was so fun to try out new poses together and explore the idea of meditation.

9/12/22 Blog post

Hello Community School Families! If we haven’t met yet, my name is Gabby and I’m so excited to be the mindfulness teacher this year! 

We started our mindfulness lessons off by reading The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. I love this story because it teaches children that they are loved even when their loved ones are away and offers families a tool to use when someone’s feeling nervous about starting something new. We followed up by discussing how we felt leading up to and during the first week of school. Finally, we made some great handprint art to go along with the book.

Our second week of mindfulness was an absolute blast! We took advantage of the sunshine and read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud on the front grass. This book is a MCS staple and all the teachers regularly return to language used in it. After reading the book we played a life-sized board game where children were given scenarios and sorted them into either bucket filling activities or bucket dipping activities. The kids loved this game and I’m looking forward to returning to it in the future.

This past week we read Take the Time by Maud Roegiers and talked about different ways to take time for ourselves. I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and variety of everyone’s contributions. You can see a few examples in the pictures below!

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