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Sunday 31 May 2020

SEL Sunday Reads: Mindful Practice

I have been doing weekly SEL Sunday Reads for a couple months and this is likely my last one for a while. I wanted to include some around mindfulness.

Here are a few recommendations for Social Emotional Learning Picture Books, specifically around the topic of mindfulness Some of these books were suggested to me from teachers taking an SEL education course. Enjoy!

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I am Peace:A Book About Mindfulness – by Susan Verde

This book is a wonderful picture book that helps children find peace within through mindful practice.  It is an easy read for teachers and conveys simple messages of:
·         Connecting with the Earth
·         Enhancing one’s imagination
·          Developing one’s expression of emotions
·          Being present

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My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing – by Nick Orther and Alison Taylor
This beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children about the power in their “magic breath” Students learn how deep breathing can manage stress, worry and other emotions by calming their mind. The story is a great introduction to mindful breathing.

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“Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids”  by Eline Snel
This book presents mindfulness practices in a simple, kid-friendly way to help children learn about concentration, deal with anxiety and stress and handle demanding emotions.  It also provides common scenarios to help children understand their feelings, manage anger, become more aware, and exercise patience.  The book includes a 60 minute audio CD of guided exercises.

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“Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere”  by Kira Willey
This book teaches children techniques for managing their emotions.  It is filled with lots of ideas that can help children connect with themselves.  The simple and short mindful practices in this book can be performed anytime and anywhere!

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