Spring River Enrichment Classes
Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
CREATIVE WRITING & EXPRESSION
For Middle Schoolers
In this class, students will establish a journaling practice and explore their inner thoughts, feelings, and identity, and begin to observe and notice similarities and differences in their lives and in the lives of others in their community and world. They will take what they are learning and put it into artistic expression as poetry, short story and personal essay. Students will learn 2-3 poetic forms, basic short story structure and a framework for personal essay. They will read the work of poets, short story writers, and essayists to ignite their creativity.
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
Mindfulness is defined as attending to the here and now in a considerate, nonjudgmental way. This skill can be developed by paying close attention to our present situation and our role in it. We are often taught to take a deep breath and count to ten when we feel intense emotions. Through mindfulness training, children can explore the brain science behind what makes this and other meditative activities effective.
This course draws upon a variety of resources including the MindUpcurriculum, the work of Susan Kaiser Greenland (The Mindful Child), and others to engage students in learning about how their brains work and respond to stress as well as strategies for quieting their minds and increasing focus.
Participation in sensory activities helps children slow down and experience the vivid sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile aspects of their world. They also gain skills for improving their ability to regulate emotions, attentively absorb new information, think optimistically, practice gratitude, and improve their relationship skills as they interact with others and their community. Playful mindfulness games and child-friendly meditative practices are part of the fun.