Saturday, September 21

mindful curriculum

Update: We have adapted a new version of the schedule that works best. Here is the update:

AM
Daily breath and affirmation-mindful movement/yoga
Calendar-season/moon phases-connection
Sunrise Binder
Circle/Songs
Reading writing block-poems, fairy tales, forms-letter journal
Break-snack/mindful eating
Clean/Tidy
Free choice/outdoor time


PM
Break-Lunch-helping prepare in the kitchen/mindful cooking
Math Block-units of measure-nature materials, hands on counting-math journal
Expressive Arts- music study, flute, mandalas, watercolor
Science-Outdoor ed., nature journal,
Mindfulness meditation-5 minutes to 10 minutes with sand timers

We will alternate Indigenous Studies & world culture twice a week in our outdoor education time.


After making the leap into home school territory the stressful choice of curriculum became my new focus. Anyone choosing curriculum has some serious reading to do along with forums and parent reviews. Add in the mindfulness element and the job of choosing becomes daunting. There just isn't enough information share on this topic and a major lack of resources available to compare options. What I did find is a mish-mash of philosophies to create a personal curriculum that works for my 1st grader that I will call Mindful Curriculum.
The curriculum that is closest to mindfulness that has been around for at least a decade is called Enki. It's a Waldorf curriculum that emphasizes whole body and mind education. Its non-secular education philosophy in learning through creative expression and nature based ed. I chose this as our core with room to tweak. I added lessons from MindUp curriculum(classroom based) to fit our home school environment. I have added Singapore math and an add on science with outdoor education. Here is a sample of our daily curriculum.

AM
Daily breath and affirmation-mindful movement/yoga
Calendar-season/moon phases-connection
Sunrise Binder
Reading lesson-15-20 minutes
Break-snack/mindful eating-free choice
Sight words
Word Game

PM
Break-Lunch-helping prepare in the kitchen/mindful cooking
Math Lesson-units of measure-nature materials, hands on counting, Singapore math
Expressive Arts- music study, flute, mandalas, watercolor
Science-Outdoor ed.
Mindfulness meditation-5 minutes to 10 minutes with sand timers

We will alternate Indigenous Studies & world culture twice a week in our outdoor education time.

My next post I will share our classroom and materials that I surprisingly found at thrift stores and various other inexpensive locals.




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