Starting our day with God & stillness

We begin each day in 2Ms in our prayer circle and the children are invited to participate in Christian Meditation.  Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart.  As we gather together in communion with each other, students are asked:

to quieten their bodies. (to quiet the mind; become aware that we are in God’s presence: that God is around us  in this room and God is also inside of you).

to close their eyes. (to sit straight with their spine upright; to breathe normally from their stomach; to breathe slowly in and out)

When they have become quiet, together we say “Come Lord Jesus, ma-ra-na-tha” and the singing bowl is rung.   We remain still and silent until the bowl is rung again.  The prayer is completed with an echo prayer or traditional prayer.

Meditation

It would be very helpful if all students could be on the line at 8.50am so we enter the class together each morning and our prayer time is not disrupted by students coming in after the first bell.

Many student also find it very difficult to be still during our meditation time, even for 30 seconds.  You may like to encourage your child to practice stillness and meditation at home,  to help them build their stamina to be still.

If you would like to know more about meditation you could check out the Coming home website

A few weeks ago we were also lucky enough to participate in a wellness workshop.  Much of what we practice in our Christian Meditation was spoken about during this time…

World Read Aloud Day 2016

litworldWRAD16logoI spotted that we had missed “World Read aloud Day.”  However when we met at Parent/Teacher/Student meetings during the week, we reminded everyone that our nightly reading is the most important homework Year Two students need to do.  It has been great to see Reading Journals being filled in and brought to school once a week.  Reading aloud, listening to reading and reading on your own,  are all so important in helping you to become OUT OF THIS WORLD readers (and thinkers and writers).

Reading aloud and did you know…Don't Skip Reading

It should be clear now why we want Year Two students to build their reading stamina.

You might get some ideas here: Ideas for Learning at Home

You could also read this book together:newdaynewfriends-pdf