We started this integrated yoga/ mindful seeing lesson with brainstorming animals that have excellent eyes sight. Once we had a list going , we began describing what these animal bodies were doing when they were looking so carefully at something. We talked about how they put all their being and attention on one single item and don't get distracted. The G.O. chart shows the children's understanding and thinking.
They understood that the animal was very still, quiet, patient, didn't move their head but ONLY their eyes. The animals also move slowly keeping there eyes on the one thing. So, we practiced following an object with our eyes only. This was difficult and why we added some activities that would also involved tracking something in the next post for our time with Ms. Christa. This ability to follow something with your eyes helps with reading, catching a ball, playing a sports game etc.
I had covered two trays with familiar classroom items and gave them each a clip board with a grid. They were to look at tray 1 for 45 seconds. We then covered it and they recorded what they could recall by either sketching or writing a word so we could share.
Then we sat in our mountain bodies and used the breathing sphere counting our breaths slowly.
The second tray was brought out and the activity was repeated.
We then discussed the difference. Was it easier/harder? Were they calmer? More/less focussed ? etc. Most said it was easier and they felt like we gave them more time
( which we didn't). Overall they recalled about the same number of items both times but felt calmer, more confident & focussed after the quiet time before looking at the second tray.
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.