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

grateful for our community

Posted on 6 Feb 2019

grateful for our community

This week we looked at how we are grateful for our community. I explained to the children that our community can include our family, friends, neighbours, teachers, people who work in our homes, even people we might only see weekly such as the cashier at the local supermarket or the librarian at the local library. As we passed around the ball of coloured wool to connect the group, we shared the name of someone from our community that we are grateful for. It was lovely to see the names that came...

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grateful for our food

Posted on 30 Jan 2019

grateful for our food

It has been a really hot week in Cape Town this week. Not surprisingly, energy levels have been low all round. I planned a low-key lesson because I knew the children would be feeling lethargic. Thank goodness I did because I ended up feeling pretty lethargic too! The theme for this week is gratitude around food. This pertains to the food we eat, but also looks further afield, such as our thankfulness for the farmers, the fields and soil, the rain and sunshine, and more! In class, we compared...

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grateful for our bodies

Posted on 23 Jan 2019

grateful for our bodies

Our theme for this term is “Growing Grateful Hearts”. Gratitude is a value that is difficult to teach children because it is more than just saying please and thank you. Authentic gratitude lives in the heart. It is an awareness – an awareness with appreciation – where each day is lived with feelings of genuine thankfulness. The “Growing Grateful Hearts” series is aimed at nurturing an authentic, grateful heart in a child. In the first lesson this week, we focused on the incredible vessels that...

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all the colours of the rainbow

Posted on 5 Dec 2018

all the colours of the rainbow

This week has been the final class of the year for each Mindful Minis group. It was a culmination of all the affirmations we have been working on for the past 7 weeks. The children have filled up their mindfulness toolkits and are ready to brave the holidays and 2019! We spent some time going over each colour and affirmation. Each child was given a rainbow with the affirmations on for them to stick up in their bedrooms at home or in a journal. The kids really seemed to love learning a new...

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red: i am loved

Posted on 28 Nov 2018

red: i am loved

This week we looked at the final colour of the rainbow – red! For the children, red meant many things. For some children it signified anger and feeling cross. For other children it represented love and feeling loved. For some it felt like the colour of happiness. For the classes this week, I chose to use the mantra “I am loved” for the colour red. The reason for this is two-fold. One is the obvious: red equals love in the valentine’s day sense. The other reason was because, when I pondered on...

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orange: i am brave

Posted on 21 Nov 2018

orange: i am brave

In carrying on with our theme, “Finding your Rainbow”, we looked at the colour orange in the classes this week. I am not sure why but orange feels like the colour of bravery to me so we used the affirmation “I am brave” in the classes this week. We spoke a bit about things in nature that are orange like beautiful sunsets where the whole sky goes a deep orange, orange flowers, some birds, some fish, shells, orange fruits such as apricots, peaches and of course, oranges! I asked the children to...

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