Sunday, October 11, 2015

YouthLight Book Review: Squirmy:Learning to Be Mindful

When I was working on my PhD in counseling, the professors would talk to us about learning how to be fully present. I totally understood that concept as it related to working with clients and students; as well as other facets of my life. Soon after graduation, mindfulness was all the rage. It was everywhere. And everyone had a spin on it. I soon tuned it out. Then I started hearing about yoga for students/children...then, mindfulness for children. I was not sold. HOWEVER, this book helped me to understand how mindfulness or being fully present, can work for children. It's a great story of a little caterpillar who cannot wait to be a butterfly. She wants to be one so bad, she forgets to enjoy the here and now. The author does a great job of simplifying what can be a complex subject. It's an awesome resource for early elementary grades; for the print, pages and illustrations are large and sure to help those children who need a little assistance with awareness or noticing and appreciating their surroundings. It is a wee bit long, so you may need to break it up over two lessons if you are short on classroom lesson time or your audience's attention spans are short.

It's an extraordinary lesson!

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