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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 […]

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Exercise Memory Game

Our kids need brain breaks at school and at home! Here is a great memory game played as any other match game where the pair is kept by the participant finding them, but everyone does the activity once the pair is matched and removed! A workout for the mind and body! Directions: Print off this […]

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One-word Activities

Sharing exercises during meeting or circle time build and develop relationships between individuals through respectful interaction. However, it can be very difficult making sure everyone gets a turn to share, while teaching active listening skills and empathy. One-word activities make this fun, interesting and best of all, easy! One-word activities make students focus on a […]

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The Mindful Beginning

From my days as a student, to a long-time educator, I will never outgrow the first day of school excitement. As back to school nears, I have restless nights, to-do lists, shopping lists (which comes with a price tag) and feel the summer days slip away. I spend time setting up the class environment to […]

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Make it Personal. Sun Salute for Students.

Developing a Personal Statement or Mantra. Adding mindfulness to movement can be difficult for anyone.  We are asked to focus on our breath while remembering the basics of a yoga pose. Thoughts will pop into our heads and we are told to acknowledge them and breathe them out. Thoughts like, “I am not that flexible!”, […]

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LEAD by Example

With more and more states implementing Social and Emotional Learning standards (SEL), we as educators should be excited. However, many teachers I have talked to are concerned about the when and how of adding these standards to their curriculum. The report from a Nation of Risk to a Nation of Hope states, “The promotion of […]

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Classroom Yoga Tips for Test Preparation

Want your students to be relaxed, alert and confident before testing? Yoga is a great de-stressor to add to your morning. Here are a few ideas for mindfulness exercises prior to getting started! Begin with deep breathing. Sit in either Fire Log Pose or in your desk/chair with feet on the floor; one hand on […]

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An Easy 3 Minute Routine to Relax and Reset

Since we focus on doing yoga with kids, all our activities are great for in the classroom, as a coping skill, or training a team. This is a great example…it’s simple and quick. Students can get it right the first time, building their confidence and interest in using yoga in their daily lives. But it […]