A series of short pre-recorded stories, provide a powerful medium for introducing these new skills into the classroom and school community, and are reinforced through a wide range of audio practices. No prior experience of these techniques or of mindfulness is required.
The sessions are short and designed to fit easily and smoothly into any busy school schedule, while providing a constructive and supportive link with the greater school community in developing and maintaining mental wellbeing.
The five story modules of the introductory course comprise 3 main components.
Stories represent a very effective and engaging method for introducing new skills to children who listen readily and easily learn the new techniques. Clear explanations provided within the text encourage beginners, whether children or adults, to quickly gain an understanding of mindfulness and the techniques embedded within the narrative.
We would recommend that children be encouraged to take the stories home with them to read with their parents or carers to help embed and share those mindfulness skills.
Each story acts as a gateway into the world of the forest, where a wise, but ancient squirrel guides us, in company with young squirrels or kits, through a series of meditation exercises resting within each story. The stories may be about squirrels, but their problems will be familiar to any child who has experienced anger or frustration, worry or anxiety.
In the first story, for example, we meet a young kit called Hobb, who has difficulty in controlling his anger. Old Ma, teaches him to notice the presence of difficult thoughts and emotions and to then direct his attention at times like this, to feeling the sensations in his feet, a grounding technique called FOG or Feet On Ground. A tool which is based on a technique demonstrated to successfully support young people with Asperger syndrome in regulating emotions in more productive ways.
They serve to both reinforce the practices introduced in the stories and provide enrichment exercises which give children not only a greater understanding of mindfulness but also introduces additional techniques in self-regulation. The audio recordings can be played to the class at convenient but regular times, as well as times when a short practice may serve as a means of re-focusing attention.
The recordings can also be made available for home practice.
These are credit card size and outline the mindfulness tool introduced during a story so the children can take them home and practice with their siblings, parents or carers.
Mindfulness for kits, includes an initial on line introduction to deliver the programme but no prior knowledge, skill or experience of Mindfulness is required to deliver this programme.
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