A Mindful Minute with Fiona

Fiona shares a mindful minute.
The children and I (both in our family and our classroom) share “mindful minutes” or even moments throughout our days. Even just a brief pause and a couple of mindful breaths can bring more calm and clarity and intention into your life…or a child’s.

Take the opportunity to pause as you are going out the front door, or between classes, or the grocery store. Mindfulness can happen all day, everywhere! Not just sitting in Sukhasana in a flower garden with the Buddha!

Bhramari Pranayama with Emily

Emily shares Bhramari Pranayama or “Humming Bee Breath”.  It is a gentle and calming breathing practice that can soothe the nervous system.

It’s one of many practices or tools in our toolbox for calming and working with upsets.

The Wonder Ball: Fun with Inquiry

We found these Magnolia leaves on the ground, and they immediately inspired me to write quotes on them.

I usually have a white paint marker in my Journal Bag, so we got to work writing Gratitudes.  The next day, we were thinking of something to attach our large collection of writing to, and ended up with a squished ball of chicken wire.

The GRATITUDES turned quickly into I WONDER’s and The Wonder Ball was born.  It hangs on the front porch and spins gently in the wind.

A Sense of Wonder

Embrace a SENSE OF WONDER as you go through your day today.  We rescued Sally the Crow from a car accident last year, and after nursing her for 3 days, she flew off. She has returned and now comes to visit and follows us around the house and school through-out the day. What a joy.

Sally The Crow in the Boot Garden

Spider in the Early Morning Sunlight

The Great Mystery unfolds in every moment throughout time.  A spider in the early morning sunlight weaves me to a state of awe, wonder and gratitude for the beauty of life.  Interconnected. 6-1-16_97920101

Nature Love

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.”    -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Children in the Creek

A Blue Tail and a Head in the Water

by Fiona, 5.9years While on a hike at Great Falls National Park today, Fiona was very excited when she saw something “with a blue tail and a head” in the creek.  We went to investigate.   Fiona:  I found an animal with a blue tail and a head!  Come look!  He’s in the…

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Teacher as Researcher

“When we say
that school is not a
preparation for life but is life,
this means assuming the
responsibility to create
a context in which words such
as creativity, change, innovation,
error, doubt and uncertainty,
when used on a daily basis,
can truly be developed
and become real.”
-Carlina Rinaldi

PDF Teacher as Researcher by Innovations in Early Education

The Juice Delivery

View this post on Instagram Emily: "just a sec, I have to deliver my juices to my restaurant and juice stand" A post shared by Rebecca, Andrew and The Girls (@mindfulwayfinders) on Aug 24, 2015 at 5:52pm PDT    

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Fiona Makes a Puppet and “Fills up her Bucket”!

We have been focusing on building skills and mentoring social emotional learning for our Friday group. Today we read, How Full is Your Bucket. This spontaneous video reflection by Fiona reinforces how much she is learning about intrinsic motivation and the “filling of buckets” through perseverance and kind acts. Take…

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Our Yoga Book

The children created drawings of all of the poses in our Sun Salutation to make a “How to” book.  Stay tuned for the rest!

yoga mountain


Dried Apples

February 5, 2014

We were gifted a beautiful Excalibur dehydrator and the children have been putting it to good use. They have dried apples, bananas, blueberries and made spicy garlic kale chips, green bean sticks, and broccoli crunches. It’s been a staple at our snack counter to have dried goodies!

Would love to hear of other dehydrator favorites!