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Topic: meditation

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop his/ her meditative spirit through the provision of opportunities for silence and reflection.

     

     

    Introduction

    • Explain to the children what will take place during the lesson and why we are doing the lesson.
    • Bring the children to the sensory room and allow them to select a beanbag or mat for the duration of the lesson.
    • Show visuals to the children demonstrating how they can lie down on the beanbags/ mats.
    • Explain to the children that there will be a lady speaking on the CD along with the calming music.

    Development

    • Teacher will begin playing a track from the CD “Enchanted Meditations for Kids” by Christiane Kerr or “Mediation and Relaxation for Kids” by Dr. Elizabeth Scott.
    • Remind the children to still their bodies and close their eyes.

    If any child begins to become agitated an SNA will be able to remove them from the room and take them on a movement break outside to the green nature area. (autism specific)

    Plenary

    – To finish off the lesson allow the children to complete 2 mindful movement exercises following the clip Mindful Movement for Young Learners on You Tube (2.39 mins – 3.50 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aEI8lb7coY

    If any child would like to remain lying down for an extra couple of minutes allow them to do so.

     

    Other Resources for teaching this topic

    You Tube link Mindful Movement for Young Learners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aEI8lb7coY

    This lesson was written by teachers of children with ASD but can be easily adapted to suit any class level.

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    Mindfulness

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    Topic: Mindfulness

    Learning Outcomes

    • Students will engage in guided meditation.
    • Students will be able to describe their guided mediation experience  focusing on  their senses.
    • Students will become aware of their posture and practice their breathing technique focusing on inhalation and exhalation.

     

    Introduction

    • Children will discuss in pairs the definition of mindfulness and give examples
    • Whole class discussion will follow
    • Teacher will present definition of mindfulness on the whiteboard and explain correct posture and breathing techniques

    (Introduction: 10 Minutes)

    Development

    • Children will sit comfortably in their chairs and close their eyes
    • Teacher will play guided meditation (Lesson one on ‘Mindfulness Matters – Still Space CD’

    (Development: 10 Minutes)

    Plenary

    • Children will reflect on guided meditation and share their experience with the class

    (Conclusion: 10 Minutes)

     

    Other Resources for teaching this topic

    Mindfulness Matters CD: https://www.mindfulnessmatters.ie/still-space.html

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    Peace (Meditation)

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    Peace (Meditation)

    LT focus: To understand the power of mindfulness and taking time out

    Introduction

    • Introduce the topic of meditation- what is it?  What does it involve? Who is involved? Where can it take place? Etc.
    • Introduce the vocabulary that will be used “relax”, Breathe in, breathe out”, “imagine”, “tense” etc.
    • Discuss: When are we most comfortable/relaxed? (sitting, in a quiet area, soft music etc.)
    • Share how they feel right now (prior to meditation)- note some points on the board.
    • Discuss what could happen if we are unable to settle- try to relax, keep eyes closed, stay calm.
    • Explore meditation music, relaxing the body (get comfortable) and lighting

    Development

    • Prepare class for meditation by relaxing the body- rolling shoulders, breathing slowly, getting comfortable etc.
    • Set up music and lighting.
    • Begin meditation with the class. If there are pupils not settled, gently remind them to relax and keep eyes closed

    Plenary

    • Allow class to wake up slowly from the meditation slowly and continue
    • Discuss the meditation
    • Discuss the feelings they now have- compare to the previous notes made on the board

    Other teacher resources for teaching this topic: 

    Soft music, meditation themed script

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    Reflections using Stories, Poetry and Song

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    Reflections using Stories, Poetry and Song

    LT focus: grow in self-knowledge through the provision of opportunities for meditation and reflection

    Introduction

    Ask the children to sit comfortably, placing hands on their knees, sitting up straight and both feet firmly on the floor.

    Eyes closed, take the time to breathe. 5secs out. 5secs in. Hold breath and repeat.

    Ask them to listen to the sounds around them. Listen to their own breathing, the sounds inside and outside the classroom.

    Development

    Day 1: With the children sitting comfortably, read one of the following poems. Display an appropriate associated image on the IWB.

    Read your chosen poem slowly whilst playing soft, soothing music in the background.

    Day 2: Ask the children to reflect upon the poem that they listened to and how it made them feel.

    Provide the children with the poems that you have not read out.

    Ask them to choose one that speaks to them.

    Using a sound/voice capturing application, ask them to provide a soothing read of the poem. The children can incorporate soft music of their own choice.

    Plenary

    The children can share their spoken word meditations to the class using a sharing platform on the IWB.

    Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

    Voice capturing apps might include Keynote, Voice Memos, Voice Recorder HD App.