Lockdown Day 1 – Mindfulness for the adults
Welcome to the next 21 days of MCSA’s #lockdowntips to keep you and your children constructively busy and engaged.
Teaching and learning does not always have to involve worksheets, paper and pens. A lot of learning can happen incidentally whilst being engaged in seemingly menial everyday tasks.
Over the next 21 days, we will endeavour to post one activity per day that you can try with your child or children. We will add some expanded guidelines to show how you can extend these activities to give your child many ‘hidden’ learning opportunities.
Today, however, we will focus on YOU!
There is so much in the media – correct news, fake news, alarming news, sensationalist reporting, and so on. Much of this leaves us feeling vulnerable, anxious and fearful for today and the future. Our children pick up on this and also start to act out.
Now is the time that we all need to be MINDFUL. James Baraz defines mindfulness as ‘simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it was different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).
The current reality is what it is. The best thing we can all do collectively is to stay at home, stay safe, and be present with our children.
Montessori was a firm believer that children need purposeful activity in order to fulfill their natural developmental needs. In today’s busy world, this is often neglected as we do not have the TIME to allow children to do this. Over the next three weeks, we have however been given the opportunity of time.
Let’s make the most of this and enjoy the time we have together with our families. We hope that our daily posts will add some inspiration to your days and we would love to hear from you in the comments.
Here’s to 21 days of mindfulness ♥️