1. Gather students in a circle, preferably outside or in a room where they can spread out and have their own space.
2. Explain to the students that you will soon be doing a Sit Spot: a place where they will sit silently, away from others, to notice your surroundings or reflect on your day or a certain topic.
3. The first time you do a Sit Spot, you may want to introduce the concept with a story or book (see below).
4. Tell your students that when they leave the circle, they will find their own place to sit by themselves. This is a place that is away from friends and other distractions. Sometimes, a guideline such as finding their own tree, bush, or section of a fence can help. If they have a spot in mind, but someone sits in their spot, then it was not their spot and they should look for an alternate spot.
5. The object of the activity is quiet reflection or noticing the environment around them. To help students at the beginning, the teacher can suggest a challenge or guideline:
6. Before leaving for their Sit Spot, let the students know what the signal will be to indicate the end of Sit Spot time. Students will then join hands in the circle, raise arms over their heads, and let out any sillies, yells, or noises that have been bottled up inside. As the group lowers their hands, the veil of silence descends, and there will be no other talking until the end of Sit Spot is signalled. Students will then silently go off to find their Sit Spots.
7. Depending on the group, you may want to start with a 5 minute Sit Spot time, gradually moving up to a 10 to 15 minute Sit Spot time.
8. After the signal to end Sit Spot time, students will silently gather back to the circle, join hands, and lift the veil of silence. It is a good opportunity to hold a community sharing circle at this time, an opportunity for students to share what they saw, they heard, experienced, felt, or thought about.
A great introductory story for Sit Spots on page 292.