The Giving Project

 

The Giving Project is a charity project created by The Open Centre. Its main goal is to facilitate creative opportunities for children to learn how they can provide supportive resources for individuals living with challenges.

For 2017/2018, The Giving Project will be running an art assignment to help raise funds for Touch*A*Life.  Touch*A*Life is an organisation based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, who provides free healthy lunches for children from families whose household income lies below the national’s poverty line. 

To find out more about the organisation and its mission, please visit: http://www.touchalife.org.my

For this art assignment to take shape, we wish to invite your child:

1)  to come by our studio to create a drawing (theme will be provided). A gathering of children’s artworks will serve as a pattern for a fabric product (kitchen towel – see sample below), that will aid in the fund-raising process.

2)  Prior to the art-making, we will be sharing the works of Touch*A*Life, the steps with which the organisation is taking to assist children from disadvantaged families, and what your child can do to help others.  

To participate in this project, a purchase of a minimum of 2 kitchen towels @ $15 each (great gift idea for Christmas!) is required.
 
Please choose one of the timings below and inform us by emailing us at info@theopencentre.com.sg 

1) 14 & 15 October, 10 – 10 45am

2) 21 & 22 October, 10 – 10 45am

Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Your Child

5-new-inside-out-characters-posters-meet-joy-disgust-fear-sadness-and-angerIn the movie “Inside Out”, there are many meaningful lessons embedded within which are very relevant and align with the Social & Emotional learning and Mindfulness practices that the children have learned in our programmes:

– It’s normal to feel a myriad of emotions, and that all emotions are OK.

-To be mindful and aware of our emotions; and not judge ourselves too harshly based on the emotions felt in any given situation.

A fun and meaningful movie that will artfully open the door to conversation about emotions with your child!

Click here to read on four lessons from Inside Out that you can discuss with your child.

Enjoy!

Chinese New Year Visit: Bright Hill Evergreen

The Open Centre will be organizing a visit to Bright Hill Evergreen Home this Chinese New Year.

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Resilience and Mindfulness Programme

The Open Centre offers a 10-session 
Resilience & Mindfulness programme based on Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness courses, adapted specially to suit 
our local children’s needs.

Using striking visuals, film clips and activities, we present these life skills to children in a fun and engaging way.

The Director of The Open Centre, Dawn Sim is a member of a SEL & Mindfulness in Education community led by Linda Lantieri, an internationally renowned expert on Social Emotional Learning, and one of the founding board members of CASEL and Daniel Rechtschaffen,  author of The Way of Mindful Education and creator of several mindfulness curriculum

The integration of Mindfulness practice into Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students pay closer attention to their inner lives and cultivate skills that foster calm and resilience. The integration of Mindfulness practice into Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students pay closer attention to their inner lives and cultivate skills that foster calm and resilience. Integrating SEL and mindfulness can help nurture a child to become more holistic and resilient.

Click here to know more about our Resilience and Mindfulness Programme!

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5 Day Resilience & Mindfulness Camp 2014

We have just completed 3 runs of our Resilience & Mindfulness Camp this November/December holiday.

The children spent about 2 – 3 hours of classroom time each day where they engaged in experiential learning with lots of activities and group sharing. Some of the skills they took away from this camp were – Breathing techniques, effective listening, relationship skills (maintaining healthy relationship based on cooperation and resolving personal conflicts), perspective taking, gratitude as well as how the brain processes information and is biologically wired to react under stress.

They also took part in other activities such as horse riding, kids yoga, creative arts, and Brazilian Capoeira & drumming. 

We hope all the children had fun during the camp, as the facilitators sure had a wonderful time interacting and learning with them!

We look forward to our next camp in June 2015!

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.b Mindfulness in Schools Project

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The Open Centre is excited to bring you .b,  a mindfulness program for youth.  We deliver .in private groups, schools and organisations.

Mindfulness practice is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. This helps us to respond to life in a calmer manner, cultivating clarity, insight and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allow us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.

.b is a mindfulness program that is carefully crafted by experienced classroom teachers and mindfulness practitioners. It is suited for a wide range of contexts and age ranges, including adults. It is taught using striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the expertise and integrity of mindfulness teaching.

At the most simple level, .b is an awareness-raising exercise to give all individuals a taste of mindfulness so that they know about it and can return to it later in life if they choose to do so.

However for many people, the course can lead to immediate and striking results including, feeling happier, calmer and more fulfilled, getting along better with others, able to concentrate and learn better, and being able to cope with stress and anxiety more efficiently.