We usually start school with some Buddhist practice and recently we have been talking about the 'monkey mind' and how we can learn to be calmer and happier by bringing our attention back to the present moment. Ds7 had an idea to make a picture of this. Here is our 'True Home Tree'.
The boys drew monkeys and labelled them with the kind of thoughts that tend to make our minds leap away when meditating ("I'm hungry", "I wish we had a dog", "is it sports class today?"). They started off on the tree but leapt off after a while. Then we brought them back to the tree by ringing our mindfulness bell.