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!
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Focused and steady work on the rock dam today. The children have been inspired each time we come to this section of the creek to build a dam. Today even Great Grandpa Snappy, who we have been observing for years, was at the dam to check it out! He is…
“Bird in a Nest” by Emily
A spontaneous art exploration
“Perhaps, inevitably, children, as all of us, are living in a world further than ever removed from the primary processes of their existence. Whether the school can or should attempt to bring the child opportunities for unraveling some of our complexities is a baffling imponderable.”
“We can change the world! Just turn the M around.” – by Fiona and Friends
I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. -Brene Brown
A beautiful morning meditation with Emily and Fiona.
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.
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.
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.
Fiona: “Mama. I made a wheel. “
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.
“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
“Gratitude is having peacefulness with you always. I am grateful for finding a love rock made of glass.” -Emily (9 years):
“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.”
PDF “Teacher as Researcher“ by Innovations in Early Education
Another example of Observation Coaching on Children’s Graphic Representations. These pictures were drawn today by the same child, age 5.4 years. The first one during free play, and the second as the choice during Observational Drawing/Coaching. Rebecca: What details do you notice on the Tigers face? Cassandra: I observe that…
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…
“I think you have eyelids ’cause they’re kinda like hats for your eyes. You know, to protect them.” -Emily, 6.3 yrs”
“Daddy’s Cup” by Emily[Digital Photography with Paper Camera App]
“I made this for you, it’s a sun, a warm sun”-Fiona, 4yrs”
“I love nature. Sometimes I even hug trees. My name has to be “Fern” cause that’s a nature thing. But I like Emily.” #overheard
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The children created drawings of all of the poses in our Sun Salutation to make a “How to” book. Stay tuned for the rest!
We love to use Story Stones to learn to read! We’ve adapted the story stones many times to meet the needs of our K-2nd classroom. Emily is making sentences with the stones. She is eager to read stones, write in sand, trace letters with flashlights, write with mud, but she’s…
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!