Have you ever heard someone say, “Stop and Smell the Roses?” It means we shouldn’t be busy all the time and rush right by a beautiful flower without even noticing it. When you put your mind on the Rose and take the time to smell it and even touch its petals, you’re learning about the real world. Sometimes this is called being mindful. And you can grow your mindfulness when you read a good book!
Watch these videos, download books to read together, and explore things to do with BookSpring.
Books to Read Together
Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again. Discussion questions are available for each book.
Everything Looks New!
Why is school closed for two days in the spring?
Do you have any traditions for spring?
Grandpa Farouk’s Garden
Why is Grandpa Farouk’s garden dying?
How would you feel if you were losing something important to you?
What are the colors of the rainbow?
What’s your favorite part of nature?
El Jardín del Abuelo Farouk
¿Por qué se está muriendo el jardín del abuelo?
¿Cómo le ayuda Amir?
¿Cómo te sentirías si pierdes algo importante?
Todo Parece Nuevo!
¿Por qué está cerrada la escuela por dos días en la primavera?
¿Tienes tradiciones para la temporada de la primavera?
Things to Do Together
Pause: pause to take three slow belly-breaths together, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Big enough breaths fill up your whole belly!
Talk & Explore: Take a nature walk around your yard or neighborhood – what do you notice? Flowers? Trees? Birds? Insects? You could count and record how many of each you see. Are there any flowers or plants that have a particular smell? The easiest way to know how a plant smells is to rub a leaf between your fingers and then smell them. Before you do this, check with an adult if there are any poisonous plants you should not touch.
Move: Standing up, slowly reach up to the sky to stretch as far up as you can, and then slowly reach down to your toes. Observe and talk about the sensations you feel in your body when you stretch and notice how different movements feel.
Meditate: If the weather is nice, go outside and lay on the ground looking up at the clouds to do a “Cloud meditation.” Begin by taking 5 deep belly breaths and ask these questions while you slowly observe the sky:
-Are the clouds fluffy or thin?
-Are the clouds moving?
-Are they making shapes of things, you know?
-Are they all the same color and size?
-What does the sky look like behind the clouds?
At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.
- Did you practice pausing and experiencing each moment? Did you enjoy slowing down to do that?
- Did you notice anything new about the world around you?
- How would you like to practice mindfulness in your everyday life?
More Ideas To Build Young Readers
- Come back each Sunday for new Weekly Themes from BookSpring. Meanwhile, keep reading for more parent tips and recommendations!
- Try the “Slow-Mo Catch” mindfulness practice from PBS Kids.
- Ideas to bring Mindfulness into your home: English & Spanish
- For PARENTS: Guided Mindfulness Practice from PBS
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