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Mindfulness and Fun as Elements of Educational Curriculum for Life

This page outlines teaching curriculum ideas for Mindfulness and Fun as elements of the “Play” category of the Curriculum for Life component of the open source Education for Life Program. This curriculum is meant as a globally collaborative and ever-expanding archive of ideas to be combined with the Teaching Strategies for Life component, and Learning Tools and Toys for Life component, to create endless Lesson Plans for Life purposed to grow and evolve what we feel will be the most comprehensive, effective, and diversely applicable free-education program and open source and free-shared project-launch usable education blueprint in the world.

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MINDFULNESS & FUN CURRICULUM

a new way to life, living fulfilled, an enriching life, enriched life, fulfilled life, ascension, evolving consciousness, loving lifeThe following is a list of mindfulness and fun curriculum topics divided into 2 categories: “Mindfulness and Fun Concepts” and “Mindfulness and Fun Activities.” If you have an idea or section that you believe should be included here, please send it to us using our Suggestions Page. Visit our Lesson Plans Page for lesson plans designed to integrate this curriculum.

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MINDFULNESS AND FUN CONCEPTS
  • What is mindfulness?
  • Aesthetic appreciation for all things*
  • Exploring the skills of creative expression*
  • Your happiness is for The Highest Good of All
  • Benefits of relaxation, recreation, and practicing mindfulness
  • Ways of practicing mindfulness and living life as a mindful and fun practice
  • The power of intent – and how to use this and establish a mindset for mindful and fun living
  • Specific strategies for creative thinking to enhance reality and make any activity more fun
  • Socialization and energizing of each other (see also: Community and Communication pages)
  • Strategies of social planning and recreation design
  • The Mind Up Program (here’s a video)
  • Learning as Play – Play as Learning*
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MINDFULNESS AND FUN ACTIVITIES

Music Classes/Clubs:

  • The roots and history of music
  • Musical genres and styles
  • Music and sound as a waveform and energy
  • The influence of music on human body and mind
  • Singing: solo, in a duet, trio, etc., in a choir
  • Using your body as an orchestra (idea source was Orff Schulwerk)
  • Musical instruments: Brass
  • Musical instruments: String
  • Musical instruments: Winds
  • Musical instruments: Electronic
  • Musical instruments: Percussion
  • Personalities: musicians, composers, singers, conductors, bands, soloists, duets, etc.
  • Music composition and composing
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Dance Classes/Clubs:

  • The origin and history of dances
  • Types and styles of dances
  • Dances throughout the world
  • The effects of dances on physical and emotional state
  • Eurythmy: Expressive movement art to poetry, music, plays (idea source was Waldorf)
  • Dance improvisation and how to create your own dance
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Literature/Reading Classes/Clubs:

  • The history of world literature
  • Ancient literature (ancient Greek and Roman literature)
  • The literature of Middle Ages
  • Renaissance literature
  • The literature of the Enlightenment period
  • The literature of Classicism and Romanticism
  • The literature of Modernism: Movements and Styles
  • The literature of Postmodernism: main characteristics and styles of writing
  • Influential writers and books of different epochs (periods)
  • Writing a book
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Storytelling Classes/Clubs:

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Writing and/or Poetry Classes/Clubs:

  • What makes a good writer?
  • Styles of formal writing (descriptive, compare and contrast, expository, narrative, persuasive, etc.)
  • How to write formal content (essays, reports, etc.)
  • Styles and types of creative writing (novels and stories, sonnets, plays, haiku, etc.)
  • How to write in-formal content (poems, novels, stories, etc.)
  • Stream of consciousness and Vers libre (free verse) writing
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Drama Classes/Clubs:

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Language Exchange Classes/Clubs:

Movie Classes/Clubs:

  • The history of cinematography
  • Best films of different times
  • Movie genres
  • Personalities: film-directors, actors / actresses, script writers, etc.
  • The most thought-provoking (inspiring, eye-opening, etc.) films
  • Making a film / video creation / editing
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Painting Classes/Clubs:

Sculpture Classes/Clubs:

Handwork Classes/Clubs:

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