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Mandala project for 5th graders...circle of light - Hands

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Aug 28 2004 - 15:54:07 PDT


Hi,
   I mentioned that I am introducing the hand mandala project next week.
I have the book, Mandala, and I received the copy of the blessing that
has been used. I am all agog with starting this project. Wanted to
know if any of you have done it with kids as young as 5th grade, and if
so, how "esoteric" did you get with them? I was thinking about adding
music...Hildegard Von Bingen, for one. Any other ideas that are not
religious, but maybe some new age or instrumental music that is really
soothing? I want this project to SING! and ZING! quietly.

I don't want to get too "out there" for 11 year olds. I'm debating how
much to say to them in addition to showing the Tibetan sand mandalas and
talking about them a bit. Talking about how people have used mandalas
through the ages in various ways. I want to get into the spirituality
of them, but I'm just not sure how to say it. If anyone has a text of
what you said to your kids,I would love LOVE LOVE to see it. We have a
boy in this class who lost his 18 year old brother tragically in a car
crash a week before school started, so that is an issue as well. I
taught the brother and loved him too. The young brother remaining is
bouncing off walls right now. Acting as if nothing is wrong. But we
know better, as they were very close. Scotty, the younger brother, is
very talented artistically. He'll either get into it or he'll just do
it. I can't predict. But I want them to be at least a little bit aware
of the process that is possible. How do you word it?

Linda Woods

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