Gratitude, mindfulness and sharing in an electronic age!
Grab your iPads, grab your phones, grab your cameras and go hunting. Children like nothing more than clicking on their electronics, so why not have an assignment that brings mindful seeing, gratitude, art, sharing and their love of electronic media together?
Have children look out into their world and create a photo essay to share with peers and family. You can pose the question “What are you grateful for?” I always tell the children they must be able to show it to a kindergartener as well as a grandmother! This helps edit it for school use. If you have high school students or are doing this at home, set your own parameters.
Parents, grandparents and all family members could also create their own photo essays and share them.
Extensions: Have them create their own music using a program like GarageBand . They can play live music and record or use the program to create with the instruments provided.
Here is my photo essay from today!
Thank you to Jana Andersen, my colleague, for this great idea! She uses this process to do treasure hunts with her students. They photograph the items on the list and then return to class without having to pick them up. We have a set of 12 iPads in our school so students can pair up for the activity.