No Bake Protein Bites

Are you rushing out each morning having no time to eat? We want to help make it easy for you to be well. So here is a perfect no bake snack ready to go when you are! Since they are no bake and no egg, have your little ones help you create. Here is what […]

Self-Reg Activities Through Mindfulness

I remember my elementary school very well. On the west side of the school, there was a large field with space to play and a baseball diamond. I loved the seasons where our school maintenance would mow the grass on a large riding lawn mower. My mind would escape the indoors and the classroom as […]

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Stuffed Avocados: an Easy, Healthy and Fast Teacher Lunch!

Meals together are a time to refuel, relax and connect, right? Add a few children, lots of containers to open, and the time limit, and it can seem a bit chaotic! Let’s rewrite the script! Play some calming music, dim the lights, add a bit of mindfulness and be sure you enjoy a good lunch […]

Practice Awareness & Understanding Self Exercise (2)

PAUSE

As teachers and parents, we know the words we use with our children matter. We know benchmarks need to consider preferences, interests, needs and strengths. We are caregivers, spending our days nurturing each child the best we can. However, unless we model our own self-care and the power behind PAUSE, we not only will run […]

One Word Share

We all have been there. We ask a question in morning meeting and minutes later, the first child is still sharing their story while everyone else has lost focus or still has their hand up! Let’s look at this in a new, mindful, self-aware perspective. I want you to share with me how you are […]

The Building Block Smoothie

At Budding Yoga, we know parent and teacher self-care is a priority. Stress is contagious, but so is a smile. This healthy smoothie is a nutritious and quick way to take care of yourself and those you love. We call it the Building Block Smoothie! It is delicious just with a few items but adding […]

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When Speed Bumps Give you Reason to Soar!

Almost four years ago, I was right on track. I had just finished my yoga training, I was completing my master’s degree, and I was excited to begin my new job at a school who had decided to add mindfulness to their program! This position would give me time and our move to a new […]

Healthy, Tasty Chocolate Muffins

Cooking is a great life-skill! When we let our children plan and prepare snacks, we can talk about healthy choices, measurement, reading, kitchen safety, science and following directions. When we share time together, we focus on social emotional learning, including conversation, relationship, decision-making and awareness. We can be present, focused and have some fun together. […]

Bring Back the Dinner Bell

History of the dinner bell: In 1908, the Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog advertised the dinner bell for families. For years, the noon dinner bell signaled a time for all who were at work and school to return to the family farmhouse for a hot meal gathering that would nourish the body, mind, and spirit. […]

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Why Literature is a Great Tool for Social Emotional Learning

We continue to be asked which social emotional learning (SEL) program is best for children and the answer is there isn’t one. We need to be begin with mindfulness and modeling. SEL has to be integrated into ours and our children’s lives. In a time where few of us can think of one more thing […]