Thursdays are a special day in first grade, when an expert in mindfulness is a guest in our classroom. We are so lucky to have an opportunity to have someone guide us in checking in with our feelings, awakening our senses and moving our bodies purposefully.
Eyes watching, ears listening, and voices quiet were a few expectations my students were reminded of today before we began our Mindful Practices activities in my first grade classroom. For twenty five minutes, a member of the Mindful Practices team, guides my class through a variety of breathing, stretching, and teamwork activities.
My students listen attentively and follow her directions. When a prompt is given, most of the students respond quickly and accurately. There are a few kids that are disengaged, but the majority enjoy taking a break from our traditional curriculum.
At the end of this time, there is a sense of calm that comes over my classroom. The students are rejuvenated and focused on the subsequent tasks. It also gives me a moment to pause and reflect. Our mindful practices time has been so valuable in shaping our classroom environment.
I am sad that our Mindful Practices coach spent her last Thursday afternoon with us today. But maybe this sacred time in our schedule will give me an opportunity to continue to grow, guide and implement more mindfulness activities with my firsties.