A Star Wars Mindfulness Lesson Plan might not be your first thought when you think of these epic films. Believe me though, Star Wars is very spiritual. What’s more kids, particularly boys, love it!
I love creating resources for teachers to use with their classes but every so often one really makes me smile. My son is Star Wars mad and I just know that I will be doing this one when he gets home from school tonight.
If ever a lesson plan is going to engage your Y4/5 boys this is the one (obviously it will engage lots of other children of different ages too, but that age group are particularly challenging when it comes to relaxation and taking self care seriously I find).
I have made sure I have included lots of characters which I hope will appeal to boys and girls alike.
**UPDATE** I am now working with Become the Force. Which is an amazing organisation who are using the teachings of Star Wars to create positive changes in the world. All that came about because of this one resource. It just goes to show, you never know where life will lead you. I am so honoured to be working with such a wonderful group of people. If you would like to learn more about my involvement why not visit my new website www.katebeddow.com. Why not read some of the blogs I have written on there?
Except from my blog “Why I chose to Become the Force”
Over twenty years ago I was studying for my teaching degree. As part of my course I took a module on Theology through Film and Literature. It was probably my favourite Theology course. We looked at symbolism and representations of religion in films and books. As part of that course we studied the Star Wars Trilogy (as it was in those days). At that point the films pricked my interest again. I had always been aware of the characters and stories. I was born in the 70s. Every boy in my play school had a Star Wars action figure. As I got older I watched the films, most people my generation did. However, because I had been reminded of the depth of the films as part of my degree when Episode I came out I went to see it at the cinema and subsequently saw all the other films too.
A fable for a new generation
The point when the films really came into their own for me though was when my son was 3 years old. We were on a birthday trip to Legoland. As we were leaving decided to pop into the Star Wars mainland models exhibition. (https://www.legoland.co.uk/explore-the-resort/land-views/the-beginning/attractions/lego-star-wars-miniland/) My son was instantly captivated by these characters. He talked about nothing else for days. In the end we decided to introduce him to the films (after having the compulsory discussion about whether to show him Episode I or Episode IV first of course – and no I’m not sharing what we decided!). Well, that was it, he watched them on loop for about 3 years until something else crept into his awareness.
Because he was so young I watched the films with him. He wasn’t scared, but I didn’t want him to have questions or be worried about anything. By this time I had done all my Reiki training and broadened my understanding of universal energy considerably since I was at college. Suddenly I found I was watching the films with very different eyes.