MLE/CCE: Resources for Now

In this extraordinary time of the coronavirus we are all needing to adjust to a unique situation. This includes the schooling of children and youngsters, more of which than previously is being conducted online or in other ways that present numerous new challenges. It also includes courses for teachers and others who work in schools being increasingly on line.

And yet there may also be some opportunities in regard to offering children and youngsters, and their families/parents/carers and teachers, alternatives to face to face approaches in regard to courses, activities, programs, exercises and practices that reflect a contemplative, more compassionate and mindful, present moment, and/or inward-directed focus.

Many of you have developed, or are able to apply some your existing resources programs in your educational outreach work, for children and those who live and work with them. So, we at MLE are helping to make this accessible to a wider audience through this website, acting as an online 'hub' with links to the online resources that are 'out there'.

We welcome further contributions! If you have resources you think should be added, please contact Nina Bürklin via nina.buerklin(at)mindandlife-europe.org.

All One Project

Direct linkhttps://alloneproject.org/herramientas_educativas
Short descriptionTo share in a simple and beautiful way the main tools of mindfulness and compassion programs, what it links all of them, making them available to everyone (for children and families and teachers).
Type of resourceVideos, audios, written exercises.
Age group5-105 years.
LanguageSpanish.
Duration of content10-25 minutes.
Materials neededPaper and pens.

App for Exercises by Dream for the Good

Direct linkhttp://app.dreamofthegood.no/
Short description

Web-based app with exercises that are easy to use in kindergarten, school and family settings or individually.

Four types of exercises are available for children, youngsters and grown-ups: stillness, peaceful touch, contemplative movement and reflection

Type of resource

Audio files, written excercises, videos and a stillness diary

Age group5-100 years.
LanguageNorwegian.
Duration of content5-20 minutes.
Materials needed

Optional for reflection exercises: a talking stick.

Audio Mindfulness Practices

Direct linkhttps://www.mindfulnessscotland.org.uk/audio-practices.html
Short description

Trustees and members of Mindfulness Scotland have produced audio Mindfulness practices to support you during the Covid-19 pandemic, e.g. regarding gratitude and appreciation or dealing with difficult emotions.

These can be found under the link above. Further audio resources can also be found on the respective website. 

Type of resource

Audio files.

Age group16+ years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content8-12 minutes.
Materials needed

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Daily Sit by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)

Direct linkhttps://mindfulnessinschools.org/misp-sit-together/
Short description

We have been running daily sits (Monday-Friday) at 11am, and 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • The morning sessions are for anyone. Whether they are completely new to mindfulness or already have experience of mindfulness practice, these sits offer a chance to have a daily pause, to refocus on how we can best take care of ourselves and, in turn, of others. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult for the 11am slots. 
  • The 7.30pm slots are for adults and older young people who have experience of mindfulness and are comfortable with longer practices and periods of silence.

Note: time zone is GMT+1.

Type of resourceMeditation practice.
Age group5-105 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content20-30 minutes.
Materials neededNothing but a quiet place to try out some practice.

Happy Minds Loving Hearts

Direct linkhttps://coursecraft.net/c/happymindslovinghearts/splash
Short description

This is a course to help people to practice mindfulness with children. It includes ten guided mindfulness practices.

This is for adults who would like to practice with children. The mindfulness practices here are aimed at 7-12 year olds with variations offered for younger/older people.

Type of resourceAudio/video resources, activity sheets, printables.
Age group7-12 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content10-60 minutes. The practices vary from ten minutes to one hour (for a practice that you might do with crafts or drama).
Materials neededOptional: paper and colouring / pens.

Jigsaw Families at Home

Direct linkhttps://families.jigsawpshe.com/stuck-at-home/
Short description

'Fowley’s Wings' and 'The Switch Watch' on audio files, designed for families with children aged 5+ to share and use as a stimulus for discussion and activities at home, coupled with two ‘Calm Me times’, audio files taking children and their families through short mindfulness practice linked to the stories.

Both aim to enable peace, calm and harmony at home and are part of the Jigsaw Families 6-session programme.

Type of resourceAudio files: two original stories and two 'Calm Me times'.
Age group5+ years. They are aligned to the Jigsaw PSHE (SEL) Programme for schools so enhance this learning in the home.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content

10-15 minutes (each story) with optional follow-up activities.

4-5 minutes (each 'Calm Me').

Materials neededOptional activities: paper and writing/drawing equipment.

 

Jigsaw Recovery Package (3-11)

Direct linkhttps://www.jigsawpshe.com/recovery/
Short description

The Jigsaw 3-11 ‘Recovery’ takes account of government guidance alongside Jigsaw’s concern for emotional and mental health. This package is free to schools (all schools not just those using Jigsaw Programmes) and is Jigsaw’s contribution to supporting teachers and children at this difficult time.

The 'Recovery' Package comprises the following:

  • This Introduction from Jan Lever, the Creator and CEO of Jigsaw PSHE
  • A free PDF book for children (free to distribute to your children under a Creative Commons licence)
  • A mapping document showing which Jigsaw 3-11 lessons could offer support for specific topics related to returning to school
  • Separate packs for KS1 and KS2, each including: an assembly acknowledging the Covid situation, drawing out the positive themes from it e.g. community spirit, helping others, Colonel Tom, NHS, etc. and supporting British Values and togetherness; lesson plans focussing on topics like belonging and feeling safe or gratitude and appreciation.
 
Type of resourcePDF book; ppt presentations.
Age group5-11 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content15+ minutes per lesson plan.
Materials neededn/a

 

Jigsaw Recovery Package (11-16)

Direct linkhttps://www.jigsawpshe.com/recovery/11-16/
Short description

The Jigsaw 11-16 ‘Recovery Package’ takes account of government guidance alongside Jigsaw’s concern for emotional and mental health. The Covid 19 crisis has tuned so much upside down that Jigsaw is contributing to bringing students back to school safely by offering this Recovery Package FREE to all schools.

The Recovery Package comprises:

  1. Jigsaw REST (Resilience and Engagement Scale and Toolkit) which includes: Introduction, Jigsaw Resilience Scale to measure wellbeing and resilience against 10 descriptors, Strategies to build resilience relating to each of the 10 descriptors, x6 short PowerPoints with notes and activities, Resilience Journal, Map showing which lessons in Jigsaw PSHE would best support the development of each descriptor. Jigsaw REST has been adapted to be suitable for all year groups and for home-learning, self-study. Many schools are using the REST Scale as a screening tool to assess students’ wellbeing as they return to school, informing appropriate interventions and helping to monitor progress.
  2. Learning Charter, editable to enable you to add extra ‘rules’ and ‘responsibilities’ which may be necessary during the return to school e.g. social distancing.
  3. Lessons (suitable for self-study as well as in-school learning and adaptable for different ages).
 
Type of resourcePDF book; ppt presentations.
Age group11-16 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content10-15 minutes per lesson.
Materials neededn/a

 

Meditation Animations and Guided Practices

Direct link

Being Alive and Knowing It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNojLd_Jbh8

Beditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=T5ut2NYdAEQ

Playing Attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgXZW6Xqokw

Short descriptionVideo-based animations and guided meditations by Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).
Type of resourceVideos.
Age group9-105 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content2 / 11 / 9 minutes.
Materials neededNothing but a quiet place to try out some practice.

Meditation Exercises by Hand in Hand

Direct linkhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWBXYeuyWRUwcn8xl6d_UsWnUPNEqHqeO
Short description

How to be in contact with yourself, how to regulate your feelings, emotions, thoughts, how joint attention to ourselves, others and society can influence our own well-being and well-being of others has been a research focus of the HAND IN HAND project (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRm5dtsKwBs) for the past three years.

Among other activities we have also used a set of eight exercises for which positive outcomes have been evident in practice and research. We would like to invite you to try them out and see how they feel to you especially in the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be able to see whether the exercises are helpful and if they can be used in this way, we would like to ask you to provide feedback in the form of an online questionnaire (10 minutes) before (and after) doing the exercises. Even though we would be extremely grateful for your feedback you are free to use the exercises without having to fill out the questionnaire (https://www.1ka.si/a/272522).

Type of resourceVideos.
Age group13-14 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content3 / 5 / 8 / 17 minutes.
Materials needed-/-

Meditations for Children by AVE

Direct linkhttps://ave-institut.de/glitzermeditation-und-koenigin-der-ruhe/
Short description

Six different meditations for children as part of the knowledge database provided by AVE (Institut für Achtsamkeit, Verbundenheit und Engagement).

You can also check further resources for families during Corrona times, e.g. games to play at home or meditations for parents (https://ave-institut.de/corona-unterstuetzung-fuer-familien/).

Type of resource

Written descriptions (meditations).

Age group5-10 years.
LanguageGerman.
Duration of content5-15 minutes.
Materials needed

Optional for glitter meditation: empty jar and some glitter.

Meditation Practices

Direct linkhttps://mindfulness.swiss/achtsamkeit/achtsamkeitsuebungen/
Short description

A collection of shorter (5-10 minutes) and middle (10-20 minutes) meditation practices in form of audio files and written descriptions (PDF) for the open public, organized in 4 clearly structured sections (including one section for children).

Type of resourceAudio files and written descriptions (PDF).
Age group5-12 years / adults.
LanguageGerman / Swiss-German.
Duration of content5-10 / 10-20 minutes.
Materials needed-/-

Mindful Kids Peace Summit (excerpt)

Direct linkhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1OCCvTLQNEoNvHUw0KJXfRn8HBxk723A_/view
Short description

MindWell Education: Teaching Life Coping Skills with Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke.

The interview includes short mindfulness activities for students as well as some theory about how mindfulness helps (and for teachers to teach their students!).

Type of resourceVideo: interview.
Age group12-18 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content24 minutes.
Materials needed-/-

 

Short Meditation Practices by MoMento Program

Direct linkhttps://www.achtsameschulen.ch/ressourcen
Short description

A resource page offered by the MoMento program containing

  • Six short practices (5 minutes each) for primary school students.
  • Three short practices (10 minutes each) specifically for teachers and other school staff.
 
Type of resourceAudio files.
Age group5-12 years / adults.
LanguageSwiss-German.
Duration of content5 / 10 minutes.
Materials needed-/-

The Rethink Kit (5 Activities)

Direct linkhttps://rethinkkit.org/pages/5-free-activities
Short description

The activities in this kit are based on social and emotional learning (SEL) and address the skills young people need to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations constructively and ethically.

Type of resourceTexts and audio files: breathing exercise / crafting / writing.
Age group5-10 years.
LanguageEnglish.
Duration of content1 / 10 / 15 / 30 minute/s (depending on activity).
Materials neededOptional: laptop; pair of gloves & recycling bag.