The Mindful Program is suitable for KS1 & KS2
Our techniques are validated with studies that have linked mindfulness to better focus, relaxation, wellbeing as well as boosted memory. These techniques include breathing, visualizing, positive affirmations and relaxation. The program is suitable for an early morning refresher, PSHE, Circle Time or Literacy hour. It can also serve teachers and students to end their day with a mindful moment.
The package includes:
· Nine detailed Illustrations for mindfulness reinforcement.
· Six guided visualizations.
· Descriptions of the visualizations along with their areas of benefit.
· Scripts and Tips for teachers for better lesson planning.
· Selected soothing music to create the right environment
Bonus Feature: My Magical Garden Book+Meditation CD
The Mindful Garden
Mindfulness helps children to be in the moment by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. This is something that they naturally do when they are very little but a skill that tends to get lost, as they grow older.
Mindfulness is proving to be very beneficial for concentration and self-awareness. It can also help to:
· Increase a child’s attention as they become more grounded in the moment
· Increase social emotional awareness
· Help with anxiety issues
· Leave the children feeling calmer
“The Mindful Garden” consists of 9 beautifully illustrated pages and on each page there are a selection of choices. The children choose one thing from the illustrated page and their selected choice becomes the focus of their attention during the mindfulness session.
We have included a script to go with each illustrated page enabling the teacher to guide the children through the mindfulness session. It also includes some questions that can be directed towards the children at the end of the session for feedback on their experience.
We have put together 6-guided visualizations to complement our Mindful Garden Package.
The 6-guided visualizations have been designed to help schools introduce:
1. Happiness and wellbeing into the classroom.
2. Emotional Nurturing of children’s emotional resilience.
3. A tool for teachers to either calm, enable or focus pupils in the classroom.
4. Different visuals for different situations, so a teacher can include them in their lesson plans
(beginning, mid or end of class day).
The visualisations are:
· Rainbow Breathing
· I am special
· The Hot air balloon
· Grounding Visualisation
· Closing at the end of the school day
· Checking in with your body
My Magical Garden Book and CD
My Magical Garden is an enjoyable, interactive and easy-to-use self-help book. A collection of illustrations and poems, this pioneering book has been written to help children, from the age of four, work through their emotions and express them in a safe and loving way.
They are invited on an enchanted journey through a magical garden where, on each page, they get to choose their surroundings. In order to help the child and their parents understand their choices, the book’s authors have created an 11-page appendix at the back of the book. Here, they give an expert explanation for every decision the child has made. It’s an extremely helpful and insightful tool for both the child and parent. It offers the adult a unique way to understand what the child is going through and how best to aid them.
My Magical Garden encourages the child to tap into their imagination by getting them to create their own magical garden, giving them a safe place to go in their mind during times of stress, fear or sadness. It also offers an opportunity to nurture the bond between parent and child. The experience is magical.
Author Visit With Terri Allen and Jacqui Gray
Terri Allen and Jacqui Gray are Los Angeles, California and Bath, UK based Authors. They conduct a fun interactive workshops in Schools, Libraries and Book Clubs where the children are encouraged to use their imagination and create a magical garden in their mind. After a brief introduction to the book, Terri and Jacqui read My Magical Garden” to the children. At the end of each page they engage the children through a short-guided visualization to activate their imaginations, this could be a powerful tool for teachers wishing to generate children’s ideas for creative story writing. When children are engaged in imagination or guided imagery they actually create an experience in their mind, these experiences could form the setting and context for Drama lessons or other speaking and listening activities.
Through a warm and playful approach Terri and Jacqui encourage the children to actively participate and share their experiences and their choices.
The emphasis is very much on helping the children to experience reading less as an educational tool and more of a pleasurable, emotional activity, which they will want to repeat on a regular basis. Reluctant readers particularly benefit from the book as the emphasis is on experiencing the story/journey. It can extend the lower ability students particularly reluctant readers or writers to generate creative ideas and it challenges the more able learners to use the senses and be able to transfer this to their creative writing.
The book continues to be a valuable tool for PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons.
“My Magical Garden” is a magical experience for all children. It can show them a different world and can take them somewhere they’ve never been before. As Walt Disney said,
“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”
For Authors visits and Workshops please contact us at email@example.com
Audience – 4 to 11 year olds
Equipment – We present our book with the use of a power point so that all of the children get to see the pages. We require a projector and screen/interactive whiteboard.
Each presentation lasts approximately 40 minutes. We can be flexible with the length of the presentation.
Usually we have an audience of around 50 children at a time but again we can be flexible.
We are happy to do several presentations during the day, followed by an opportunity for book signing.
The Mindful Garden School Package
•Illustrations •Scripts •Tips •Music •Instant Download
•My Magical Garden Book will be delivered to your address.