Mindfulness + Kindness

Our students got their colour connection and creativity on with Dani, The Meditation Teacher, and Susan - where they kicked off the #BeyondAwesome Kindness Project.

Dani led the group in a gorgeous mindfulness session packed full of kindness and inspiration. Students got to shine their light by painting colourful patterns and designs, words and pictures onto their rocks - designed to bring a smile to whoever finds them.

At a later date, students will participate in a rock hiding extravaganza - where they will hide their gorgeous art works in the community for others to stumble upon and smile!

Massive thanks to Dani, Susan, Hui Ling, Mei Phing and all the #WorldChangeAgents that volunteer their time to bring our classes to life!

Some beautiful words from Dani:  "Today we explored the true nature of kindness. These wise little ones determined that kindness is a gift; when it's received you feel it in the heart as joy; it has to be given freely to be meaningful; it can be given in a smile, kind words and a helping hand and giving it creates a ripple, because when you experience kindness you just want to pass it on! GOLD!

We practiced ratio breathing and then a guided visualisation in giving kindness and then noticing how the ripple of kindness feels in our hearts.

Check out these beautiful kindness rocks the kids created. These are part of the SGROCKS movement. People all over Singapore are painting beautiful kindness rocks and leaving them in public places for others to find. We will be hiding these gorgeous offerings later this month...stay tuned!

Let the Kindness Ripple roll on!"  

*Interested to serve through our programs and have a direct impact on the communities we outreach to?  Look out for ad-hoc and first-time volunteer opportunities at the following link.  Please note that should you want to directly work with our students, you will need to attend our info + orientation sessions and commit to a minimum time duration:  CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING SESSION DATES.  

Got items to give? We could use your support.  Check out the updated list of items we welcome by *CLICKING HERE*.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

This sharing comes from one of our program partners + educators, Dani Van De Velde aka The Meditation Teacher, who regularly serves with our 'Beyond Awesome' program.  She spent some time reflecting on a recent mindfulness workshop that she led.

 

"It's so great to be back at Blessings in a Bag's 'Beyond Awesome Program' this weekend and the fantastic kids in the Saturday group.

This week we explored how feeling grateful not only strengthens our physical hearts and immune systems, but it can vastly change how we experience each day.

We looked at optical illusions and saw that different people can see very different things when looking at the same image. Life is like this too. We can experience each day in very different ways, depending on how we engage with it. When we have a grateful heart, it is easier to see the good in experiences, ourselves and others. Our day becomes transformed.

The Beyond Awesome Program relies on community support. Click the link here to see how you can help support these gorgeous children in their development and sense of belonging.

Love, Dani."

*Interested to serve through our programs and have a direct impact on the communities we outreach to?  Look out for ad-hoc and first-time volunteer opportunities at the following link.  Please note that should you want to directly work with our students, you will need to attend our info + orientation sessions and commit to a minimum time duration:  CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING SESSION DATES.  

Got items to give? We could use your support.  Check out the updated list of items we welcome by *CLICKING HERE*.

Follow our Beyond Awesome Adventures on Facebook by *CLICKING HERE*

Check out our upcoming workshops open to kids + youth by *CLICKING HERE*

Beyond Awesome Nights

On any given Thursday evening, you'll find energetic students proudly wearing green t-shirts and assembling around the void deck/community spaces of two specific neighbourhoods in Singapore.  Now running like clockwork, students ensure they're ready with their bus passes, water bottle, #BeyondAwesome Book Bags and chatter animatedly with one another while waiting for their teachers + learning buddies to arrive.

Rain or shine, an amazing army of #WorldChangeAgents (Volunteers) will excitedly greet our students every week, getting them into two lines and make their way towards the bus stop.  Destination?  Beyond Awesome HeadQuarters.  Based in an un-assuming industrial building, most people would never notice or believe that a fun, learning environment exists behind the double glass doors on the eighth floor.  But it does.  And it's purpose?  Reimagining learning experiences for kids across Singapore, with a specific focus on low-opportunity youth.

On Thursday Nights (We call them our 'Beyond Awesome Nights'), our focus is on making literacy, creative writing and story-telling a fun and exciting journey.  We'll have local authors stop by, literacy-experts and passionate workshop hosts who create + curate with kids in mind.  

One of our recent nights saw Teacher Emily plan activities based around Storycubes. It started off with multiple students raising their hands to volunteer to read a story to the rest of the group (Birthday Boy, Jefri, was selected and he read beautifully!) followed by a large group exercise where each student imagined + created various storylines based on the cubes they rolled.  Students were then split into teams to play their own versions of Storycubes but this time, they had to ensure their stories continued seamlessly from other team members that had shared before their turn.  

Getting into our StoryCubes Circle!

Getting into our StoryCubes Circle!

After a few rounds sharing stories, students were ready for the challenge activity.  Each team was asked to write a story as a group and to present in any format they wanted - in comic form, as a skit or play, in costumes, as a puppet show, etc.  Students buzzed around their team members, excited with their own ideas and working hard to ensure everyone's thoughts were heard (and celebrated).  Thanks to the amazing #WorldChangeAgents who helped to facilitate each team's experience, it was a literary success!

In between activities, every student was given the opportunity to enjoy freshly sliced apples, cheese sandwiches and crackers - prepped and served lovingly by one of our #WorldChangeAgents, Adam - his pride + attitude towards what we do is evident in the way he presented the snacks and we made sure his efforts were celebrated by getting everyone in the room to clap and cheer!

If you had stepped into the space at any given moment that night, you would have been greeted to the sounds of creativity, imagination and little sparks of awesomeness! 

Unbreakable Resilience

This sharing comes from one of our #WorldChangeAgents*, Susan L., who regularly serves with our 'Beyond Awesome' program.  She spent some time reflecting on a recent Easter-themed workshop we organized for our students.

Our workshop was curated + led by the passionate Yi Han, who is currently a scientist at the National University of Singapore.   We led students through an incredibly entertaining and socially-inclusive easter egg hunt at our headquarters followed by activities such as:  Making your own easter bunny hat as well as the highly anticipated, 'Unbreakable Egg Challenge'.  

Students were encouraged to grab one of the eggs (filled with water) and use any of the materials provided (all recycled items that have been donated by the Singapore community).

Teacher/Scientist, Yi Han, guides students through the challenge.

Teacher/Scientist, Yi Han, guides students through the challenge.

Our #BeyondAwesome students excitedly get into the challenge with their team mates!

Our #BeyondAwesome students excitedly get into the challenge with their team mates!

Susan leads our student through their Easter Bunny Hat projects!

Susan leads our student through their Easter Bunny Hat projects!

Yi Han and Aseem lead the challenge finale where each 'Unbreakable Egg' was put to the test!

Yi Han and Aseem lead the challenge finale where each 'Unbreakable Egg' was put to the test!

Susan shares about a moment in our workshop where we had tested every 'unbreakable egg':  

"In that moment he really believed that he could achieve anything in this world. His face a look of pure exuberance and pride. His team had carefully cut through the structure they'd created. As they pulled out their egg intact, the room erupted - they had made the seeming impossible, possible! They had created the unbreakable egg!

Students had worked in teams, experimenting with engineering concepts such as shock absorption to construct protective structures around eggs to prevent them from breaking when thrown to the ground. The Unbreakable Egg Experiment was a huge hit! Thank you Teacher Yi Han for allowing the students to show their Beyond Awesomeness!"

Faheenah and Haekal who were part of the team to produce the Unbreakable Egg!

Faheenah and Haekal who were part of the team to produce the Unbreakable Egg!

 

*Interested to serve through our programs and have a direct impact on the communities we outreach to?  Look out for ad-hoc and first-time volunteer opportunities at the following link.  Please note that should you want to directly work with our students, you will need to attend our info + orientation sessions and commit to a minimum time duration:  CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING SESSION DATES.  

Got items to give? We could use your support.  Check out the updated list of items we welcome by *CLICKING HERE*.

Follow our Beyond Awesome Adventures on Facebook by *CLICKING HERE*

Check out our upcoming workshops open to kids + youth by *CLICKING HERE*