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Positive Passport

Did you know that positive thinking is you and your child’s passport to overall health and wellbeing?  This week in my work with students, I’ve created a positive passport activity so that we can begin to shift our thoughts into … Continue reading

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Atmosphere of Wonder

I believe that each of us is born with an inherent natural sense of imagination and a propensity for wonder.  Every child, in their purest essence is a priest of priestess, an alchemist of imagination.  And to the extent that … Continue reading

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Book for a Girl You Love

Yesterday, I received this beautiful gift from a teacher at my school.  This teacher expresses such love and caring for her student, (and, as you can see, for staff as well).  This book, Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part Two

“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   When you are mindful of your breathing, you are building a bridge between your mind and body.  And, as Thich … Continue reading

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Teacher and Parent as Gardener

 You, dear parent, dear teacher… are a Gardener   As I am working with kids, this is one of my most powerful mantras:  I am a gardener, I plant seeds,  I am not in charge of when they grow.  It … Continue reading

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Brain Train

Helping kids with executive functioning challenges can take one part instruction, one part practice, one part mindfulness and  one part patience.  For the instruction part, I have created fun visual aids to support kids with their learning and understanding of … Continue reading

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Labyrinth: A Journey into Relaxation

Walking the Path This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth to walk it for the third time. Giant in size, it is a walk of heart. In fact, the first time I set foot … Continue reading

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Let it Go…the Perfect Relaxation

Recently we had Favorite Character Day at the school.  Everyone, staff and kids alike, got to dress up as their favorite cartoon character (no blood, masks, or scary stuff allowed, by the way).  It was TONS of fun!  Since my … Continue reading

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Forest of Calm

It’s back to school time and the perfect time to practice relaxation techniques with your kids!  Recently, the first graders and I created a “Forest of Calm” through the Vrksasana yoga pose, or “tree pose.” All of the kids gathered … Continue reading

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Blast Off into Relaxation!

    We are having fun this week with outer space relaxation!  Just looking at pictures from outer space elicits a feeling of calm and serenity within me, so I am sharing this experience with my students.  Here are some … Continue reading

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