Welcome to our Kaleidoscope Blog; the place where you can learn and discover more about our Kaleidoscope program – our contemplative afternoons for children.
Each gathering is shaped around a theme through the use of stories, reflections and art & crafts. These themes enable the children to reflect on particular ideas, express their thoughts and creativity, and share ways in which we might all pay attention in the context of our lives. Mindfulness for children is about learning how to look and listen more slowly, with open hearts and minds. Each afternoon is an open, exploratory experience.
Conversations with children after Kaleidoscope provide them with ways to articulate their learning and reflect with others about it, thus deepening their understanding of their experiences. Such conversations are enriched by some shared knowledge which is our intention in creating this Blog. Families can enjoy the blog together and converse about Kaleidoscope. We hope you enjoy it.
Each afternoon begins with a gathering circle with children making a ‘Candle Mat’ for meditation time. We greet one another with the ancient word ‘Namaste’ meaning “The light in me honours the light in you.” From such a place of shared acceptance and respect we enter the afternoon’s experiences, before gathering again at the end to reflect on and share our learning.