Part of our daily routine in Kindergarten includes a relaxation and meditation time after recess. We use this part of the day to settle our bodies and brains to prepare for afternoon learning. Relaxation takes many forms. Sometimes we lie on the floor and listen to meditation stories or listen to a guided practice of tightening and relaxing the muscles in our bodies. Other times we sit and follow along with a meditation practice on Mind Yeti or with Moovlee, who is a mindful monkey. We end each relaxation time with a wish or mantra for the afternoon.
After relaxation, students engage in mindful coloring. This activity is done with relaxing instrumental music playing. We work on coloring pictures with very small details. Or we draw pictures in our Mindfulness Journals about the meditation story that was listened to in Relaxation.
Some thoughts on this part of our day:
“When I am laying down, it makes me feel calm.”
“I color slowly. It helps me feel relaxed.”
“I like relaxation. You can think about being calm.”
“I like meditation coloring because you can use whatever color you want.”
“I like meditation stories. They sound pretty.”
“Listening to the meditation stories makes me calm.”
“When I’m doing meditation coloring, it makes me feel calm and it makes me feel like coloring neatly.”
“Listening to music at meditation is beautiful.”