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Tea Time for Kids: An Infusion of Calm

Tea Time is a perfect mindfulness activity for kids.  Even in the school setting, we will occasionally set out the placemats, and tea cups and spend some relaxing moments in connection and mindful sensory perception.  Kids love it!  Both the … Continue reading

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Relaxation Collage

Create a relaxation collage with your child.  I like to explain that just looking at serene, tranquil pictures can calm our bodies and minds.  There’s even research out there that shows that just by looking upon tranquil scenes or even … Continue reading

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Re-Write the “Monster Under the Bed” Story

The Monster Under Your Bed is Just a Story In Your Head by Lisa Wimberger Loving this new book by Lisa Wimberger, founder of the Neurosculpting Institute, (www.neurosculptinginstitute.com).  It’s perfect for introducing kids to neuroliteracy, the study of brain science … Continue reading

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My Calm Colors Palette

Did you know that by simply gazing upon a calming color, it can produce a calming effect on the body and mind?  When I was in Undergraduate school I worked in an engineering library that was colorscaped, as they called … Continue reading

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Calm Still Lake

It’s test-taking time in our neck of the woods and students are working hard to complete the state standardized testing every day. Here’s a quick guided imagery exercise to still the mind and ground the body before taking a test … Continue reading

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iPad Apps for Worries

Recently one of my students was struggling with bad dreams.  His mom asked me to support him at school in helping him learn skills to deal with his worries.  In addition to teaching him several deep breathing techniques and using … 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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Snake Break!

Here’s a quick break for all of the kiddos you know that could use a pause and some sensory input to help them balance and calm their minds and bodies.  To introduce this break or for practice, I ask the … Continue reading

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Relaxation Story: Flowers, Butterflies, Rainbows and More!

I recently was invited into first grade to share some relaxation practice after recess.  As you can imagine, the energy was high and distracted, with students buzzing around the room like bees.  So, I invited them to be the “very … Continue reading

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Wheels of….RELAXATION!

This morning in our small group yoga time at school, we practiced relaxation skills using a spinner visual aid.  This visual aid helped students to stay focused on what we were learning and was a great tool to bring attention … Continue reading

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