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Articles describing the fun we have had in previous Mindful Minis classes and workshops

the wise owl

Posted on 15 Sep 2017

the wise owl

This week I started off the lessons with something new, that I discovered on the inspiring site Wild Things Yoga by Kathleen Callaghan. She uses a mindfulness practice called “butterfly brain” at the start of some of her classes to centre and ground the children. So, I tried it with the Mindful Minis children and it was great! I explained to the children that we can imagine our thoughts as butterflies – always flying around in our heads and a bit tricky to catch. I asked them...

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mindful moments in nature

Posted on 9 Sep 2017

mindful moments in nature

In his book “Stillness Speaks“, Eckhart Tolle writes “We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds….. When walking or resting in nature, honor that realm by being there fully. Be still. Look. Listen.” This morning, the Mindful Moments in Nature workshop was a wonderful opportunity for parent and child to experience exactly this – moving out of the mind and into the present moment. There was a focus on using our 5 senses (sight, touch,...

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the angry crocodile

Posted on 8 Sep 2017

the angry crocodile

In the classes this week, we focused on crocodiles. The lessons were not so much about what crocodiles can teach us about mindfulness, but more about the emotion of anger that is often portrayed as a crocodile when explaining feelings of anger to young children. We started off the classes with some eye exercises. We use our eyes every day but often take them for granted and don’t pay any attention to them. So, this week, we encouraged movement in the eyes by using finger puppets for our eyes...

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the two wolves within

Posted on 1 Sep 2017

the two wolves within

Once a year my family and I travel up the coast to a remote spot in the Transkei to be surrounded and nurtured by natural beauty at its best. On our last trip, we stopped off at the wolf sanctuary outside Knysna on the way up. This is where I was reminded of a wonderful story which so clearly explains the two natures within each of us. So, this week I decided to share that story with the Mindful Minis. There are many versions of the same story but the version with the Cherokee elder is the one...

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a day in the jungle

Posted on 25 Aug 2017

a day in the jungle

This week we are half way through the term so I decided to try something a bit different in the lessons. A couple of months ago I found a wonderful social-emotional form of bingo called “A Day in the Jungle” from Chalk & Chuckles. I have been wanting to try it out for a while now so I thought that mid-way through the term would be a good time. The children worked in pairs and each pair was given a bingo board. Each board shows 16 different scenes of playful jungle animals in a social or...

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animals and mindfulness – jellyfish

Posted on 18 Aug 2017

animals and mindfulness – jellyfish

This week we focused on the breath – following that rhythmic rise and fall of the belly as we inhale and exhale. An animal that can help us connect with this motion is the jellyfish. I started each class by passing around my own pet jellyfish. What?! No, it was not a real one. But despite me telling the children it was not real, I still got asked many, many times during the classes whether it was real. It was just too life-like! Each child got a chance to hold the bottle that the...

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