Meditation with Children Resources


This page contains resources which may be used by teachers who are introducing the practice of Christian meditation to children. They comprise Lesson Plans (Word Documents and accompanying PowerPoint Presentations) and Meditation Timer Tracks (in mp3 format, playable on computers, many mobile devises and many, but not all, CD players) and one-page Newsletters for teachers. Additional Newsletters and Lesson Plans will be added from time to time.

To download a resource, just right-click on the name of the resource and choose 'Save Link As' and save it to the folder or location of your choice. If you have any difficulty doing so, please ask a freind for assistance or, alternatively contact me through meditationwithchildren@eircom.net

Newsletters

Newsletter 1 (May 2013)                                                                                

Newsletter 2 (Dec 2013)

Newsletter 3 (March 2014)

Newsletter 4 (May 2014)

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 (Word)

Lesson 1 (PPT)

Lesson 2 (Word)

Lesson 2 (PPT)

Lesson 3 (Word)

Lesson 3 (PPT)

Lesson 4 (Word)

Lesson 4 (PPT)

Lessons 1-4 (Summarised)

Meditation Instructions for Children

Meditation Timer Tracks (with short musical intro)

The following tracks are in mp3 format which means you should be able to play them directly on a PC or a MAC or on a range of mobile devices including iPads, iPods, Mobile Phones and so on. Each track begins with a narrator advising children how to meditate. The instructions of the first five tracks are fuller, thereforoe a little longer, than on the remainder - the expectation is that children will not need detailed instructions when they have become used to the practice. Teachers may choose to play the tracks from the point where the instructions end if they wish, once children are very familiar with the practice. A short excerpt from the song 'Into the Quiet God Calls You', by Fr. Liam Lawton follows the instructions. This is immediately followed y three rings of the gong announcing the start of the meditation. The appropriate period of silence then follows and each track ends with three rings of the gong announcing the end of the period of meditation. While it is recommended that children beging with a minute or two, over time they should work up to one minute per year of age, so eight-year old children will meditate for eight minutes and so on. The final track, called Fast Finish, plays the gongs immediately - it can be used by the teacher to bring meditation to an early close if circumstances demand it e.g. if the class seems to be finding it difficult to manage the normal period of silence on a particular day or if some commotion outside the classroom disrupts the silence and distracts the children inordinately. 

There is a separate set of meditation timer tracks further down the page, where the music has been removed. In other words, those tracks have just the brief instruction on how to meditate followed by the appropriate length of silence. The wording on those tracks have the reference to God removed, so they are particularly suitable for schools which operate in a multi-denominational context, for e xample, in Educate Together National Schools.

One Minute Meditation

Two Minute Meditation

Three Minute Meditation

Four MInute Meditation

Five Minute Meditation

Six Minute Meditation

Seven Minute Meditation

Eight Minute Meditation

Nine Minute Meditation

Ten Minute Meditation

Eleven Minute Meditation

Twelve Minute Meditation

Fifteen Minute Meditation

Twenty Minute Meditation

Fast Finish

 

Meditation Tracks (No musical intro and no specific faith reference)

One Minute Meditation

Two Minute Meditation

Three Minute Meditation

Four Minute Meditation

Five Minute Meditation

Six Minute Meditation

Seven Minute Meditation

Eight Minute Meditation