Category Archives: school

First Grade Progress

Saturday, May 12th 2018 After all the storm and stress of No Progress and Spaghetti, I receive this additional report from ClaraJane’s assistant teacher:   That she has been afraid to raise her hand is a topic that has bewildered … Continue reading

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Parenting: No Progress Report

Friday, May 11th 2018 After much to-do about each of the kids’ Weekly Progress Reports -aka: “Smiley Face Chart”-  it’s Friday and they each come home empty handed.  After all the discussions, supportive questions and encouraging reminders etc.,  it’s finally Friday.  … Continue reading

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Parenting: The Spaghetti Lecture

Friday, May 11th 2018   OK Kids sit down. Stop fiddling.  Give me your undivided attention.  This may not be fun, but it’s important. OK, you know how we have perfectly clean, drinkable water on tap 24/7 year round no … Continue reading

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Mindfulness: Just Breathe (Video)

May 2018 I just love this Just Breathe video about Mindfulness. Just Breathe” by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films) [3:41]:   That’s three minutes and 41 seconds very well spent. #MindfulnessIsASuperPower  #WithMindfulnessAllThingsArePossible #MindfulnessIsTheAnswer ♥

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Mindfulness in a School Show

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 I lead my audience of 6-12 year olds through an impromptu Mindfulness Exercise today.  After having praised some of them on their self-regulation, one of them raised a hand and asked, “What’s self-regulation?”  Such a great … Continue reading

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Keep the Lesson, Lose the Guilt

Friday, April 27th 2018 Dear Gavin: Regarding your breaking school policy today by playing a (violent) video game during free time: Now that we have talked it under and over, here are some observations: This was a poorly timed, useful … Continue reading

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At Rise: Girls Are Smart

Wednesday, April 25th 2018   AT RISE:  Mom, 9 y/o Gavin and 6 y/o ClaraJane are in the kids’ bedroom getting dressed for school. ClaraJane:  “Girls are smart, girls are wise, girls have the power for the prize.” Gavin:  Wait, … Continue reading

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