Meditation and Movement

Description:

Mindful moments/meditation and moving naturally to music.

Materials Required

  1. Quiet space
  2. Device with internet/YouTube access

Preparation

Find a quiet space – Source device to play music if necessary

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Find a quiet space.
  2. Use the device for relaxing music or just listening to the sounds around you is okay too.
  3. Lie on your back or sit/stand quietly and still – breathe in, hold, breathe out. You can also raise your arms with your child as you breathe in, and let them go when you breathe out.
  4. Sit and listen to the sounds of the world.
  5. Share your favourite place to be/who you like to be with or your favourite part of the day/week.
  6. Move slowly to the relaxing music – move body parts in slow movements

Facilitation Tips – What To Say

  • What sounds can you hear?
  • Listen to your breath.
  • Tell me about….. (what came to your mind)..

Extend the Experience

  • Daily practice―embed into the routine.
  • Sharing meals together and sharing favourite part of the day with family and friends each day.
  • Sharing gratitude.
  • Consider other mindful practices such as yoga

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

If moving to music, this will then be a physical activity that will contribute to children’s daily recommended physical activity levels.

Early Years Learning Framework

Outcomes

  1. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
  2. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  3. Children develop knowledgeable and confident self identities

Principle

Principle 1: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. Through a widening network of secure relationships, children develop confidence and feel respected and valued.

Practice

Practice: Intentional teaching. Intentional teaching is deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful. They use strategies such as modelling and demonstrating, open questioning, speculating, explaining, engaging in shared thinking and problem solving to extend children’s thinking and learning.

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