Helping kids learn to be calm, confident, creative and resilient
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Our program uses evidence based activities and techniques such as; guided meditation, visualisation, gentle movement, yoga, positive self-talk, belly breathing and creative activities for self-expression.
About the program
HOW IT WORKS
These activities are combined in a step by step (modulated) process that supports the children to learn about and process any issues in a gentle, supportive and very effective way at their own pace.
All of these techniques work towards the children building self-awareness and an understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and actions. By meditating regularly and using calming techniques they can start to become more familiar with the feeling of “calm” in their mind and body. Through this practice they can then understand when they are feeling “out of sorts”.
Knowledge is power, and that power is having the tools to deal with some unpleasant feelings that may be arising. Sometimes, for a child just being able to identify what they are feeling is enough to relieve a lot of stress and anxiety.
Different styles or methods of mindfulness and meditation suit different individuals.
The benefits of combining different activities and methods in one session include;
The framework is as follows;
Step 1. Move & Imagine
Step 2. Relaxation story
Step 3. Sharing time
Step 4. Creative Activity
Step 5. Positive thinking
PROGRAM TIME FRAME
The program is designed to be run on an ongoing basis in sessions of approximately twenty minutes.
Ideally, the sessions are held daily, however depending on available time and school/student needs, the program can be run on a more or less frequent basis and can be adapted to run using a shorter or longer session time if required.
WHAT THE STUDENTS DO
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM
The Meditation in schools program is a gentle, fun way for children to learn how to;
Meditation & mindfulness is beneficial to do in schools for the following reasons;
SOME OF THE SIGNS OF STRESS & ANXIETY
Stress & anxiety can result in the following;
The different Move & Imagine preparation activities, including stretching, movement, visualisation etc. are designed to help the children release energy, settle and focus as they prepare to listen to a relaxing story.
Active positive thinking
Progressive muscle relaxation
Listening to a meditation story helps the children learn to relax, focus and use their imagination.
Read the script
Play the CD on an audio device
In Sharing Time the children talk about their story experience and discuss the theme from the story. This process helps build confidence, connectedness and strategies to manage what is happening in their life.
Read the theme
Each story has a theme.
Tree Magic – nature
Your flower – accepting others
The Three Owls – Self acceptance
The Beach – Fun
King Arthurs Magical Kingdom – Happiness
Animal Friends – Sharing
Ask prompting questions
Each story has a list of suggested prompting questions
Doing a Creative activity based on their relaxation story experience, helps the children embed the relaxing feeling from listening to the story, and provides an outlet for self-expression.
Finger tracing labyrinth
Positive thinking activities help the children learn positive self-talk.
Write in journal
White board activity
Brain storming activities
Worry in the body