On a recent GCISD Professional Learning Day, I had the opportunity to attend a session on Mindfulness presented by CHHS Counselor, Erin Booher. We began by participating in a mindful meditation exercise that could be used to calm a class before diving into the objectives for the day. During the presentation, Erin shared a list of mindfulness apps for both Android & iOS. Since GCISD students primarily have iOS, Mac, and Windows devices, here are a few recommendations that are accessible to our students:
Settle Your Glitter by the Momentous Institute allows children to name their feeling (mad, sad, silly, or worried), how strong their feelings are, then shake the device to start the glitter moving. Students will then focus on their breathing while the virtual glitter settles on the screen. At the end, they get to choose whether or not they or ready to settle or repeat the exercise.
Calm is an iOS app or can be accessed via browser by going to Calm.com. If you're a K-12 educator, fill out the form on the Calm website at https://www.calm.com/schools to get free access to Calm's paid subscription service.
A 4th-grade student actually told me about the Aquarium Live Free app. He said, "you just watch a bunch of fish swim around and it's really calming."
As we wrap up the school year and head into summer, give one of these apps a try and let us know how it works!