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25 January 2018

Treat your students with meditation

Are you comfortable leading Christian meditation in your classroom?

Have you ever heard the brush of angels’ wings or stepped in to the coolness of the Jordan River with Jesus? If not, then why not treat yourself and the students in your class?

If meditation is not your ‘thing’ and you lack a little confidence in teaching this,  then relax, breathe deeply, focus – and then find a good book or website to help you.

I have a great ‘oldie but a goldie’ book that is still available to order - ‘Guided Meditations for Children’ by Sydney Ann Merritt. It is a wonderful place to start. 

‘Guided Meditations for Children’ has a fabulous introduction including ‘Suggestions for Success’ – always a great help for teachers.

Start with ‘The Meeting Place’ or similar to settle and engage the students.

In the book, there is a whole section on Lent and Easter. Lent begins on February 14 this year, so perhaps you could begin with a Lent Meditation practice with your students. Instead of giving up chocolate or whatever, you and your class might embrace a new practice. It is a wonderful way to reflect and consider the meaning of the Easter story and the implications for our own lives.

Each meditation in the book is based on a Bible story, linked to the Lectionary and there is a suggestion for music to accompany the lesson. The meditation is written in full – the teacher only has to read from the book. Absolutely no stress!

At the end of each meditation is a prayer to read, followed by some questions for your students to discuss.

Children enjoy the predictability of the regular routine. It allows them relax and feel safe enough to use their imaginations fully as they encounter Jesus in their hearts and minds. Don’t be surprised if you find your class asking for more.

Once you have used this book for some time, you may feel ready to write your own meditations.  If you do – why not share them with other teachers?

(If you are an Anglican RE teacher in Southern Queensland, this will link effectively with the new P-12 Syllabus Strand – Inner Life.)