As a whole group ….
We first learned what a quiet, listening body was, how it feels and how it helps us focus and listen. (see activities HERE scroll down when you get there ). This is a challenging daily activity and practice for the boys as they are very wiggly and easily distracted. We have had many interesting discussions. Some need a chair or something to hold which is ok. Sessions are kept brief in the whole group . The children are allowed to chose whether they keep their eyes opened or closed. Many have tried both and have preferences but in general it fluctuates from day to day which is fine. I do encourage them to look down to avoid distractions if they keep their eyes open.
The children have been practicing mindfully listening to the bell for its duration. They are asked to raise their hands when they notice it has stopped. This is done after every recess to ease back into class.
(If I forget they remind me!)
The children all come to the rug and sit in a circle quietly. ( or try ;-) After the bell has stopped the children enjoy the 'noticing' & sharing discussion that follows each session. This is when they raise their hands and share something they have noticed. It could be anything such as a thought or sound that distracted them, if they were able to return to the bell. They can ask questions and often share an insight that surprises me.
For example - that there is a difference between hearing and listening, how thoughts float by, how they can get lost in a video game or thought and forget the bell, how they can see their thoughts or see the sound of the bell, some notice they are rocking or moving, all say they feel calmer. That is the consistent comment all share . They appear very interesting in sharing what they feel and notice and dislike it if I don't give them time this.