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the sound of silence…during a meal?!

This blog is a sharing of ideas for mindful eating and saying a secular ‘grace’ at mealtimes. I can’t say our family practices this regularly, but we aspire to incorporating it more. It isn’t tradition in either of our families to say grace, and we grew up with parents of different religions.  With my husband’s long work-day, my son often eats before he gets home making dinner together –and saying…

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Slow and steady wins the race: Mindful Movements

“My kids sit for too much of the day already…now I’m asking them to sit more to meditate?” “I’m scared to even try to get my kid to sit down…they have so much energy.  How can I introduce mindfulness to them?”  “Isn’t meditation a lot of sitting?” Lots of parents and homeschoolers have questions like these.  Is the answer yes? Not necessarily! Here are a few books about incorporating mindfulness…

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CM Nature Study and mindful curriculum

We did it! Last month our family took a CM nature study vacation,  planned specifically to get us out of the house and away from electronics.  Living in Florida, I’ve found that being in nature is considerably different than in places with a colder winter to kill back kudzu and killer mosquitos and fire ants 🙂 I’m a transplant to this two-season environment, one of them (the hot, humid season)…

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Planting Seeds of attention

“Teachers and parents often ask their students to pay attention, but may not teach them how to do so.”   Do our kids really KNOW how to pay attention, or what parents mean when they say that?  How can I help my kiddo know how to attend, how to concentrate?  Mindfulness and meditation of course!! You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person.  The seed is already there.  A good…

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Copywork with a mindful theme

Copywork: it’s one the concepts I love best about Charlotte Mason style education.  I agree that having kids start writing on their own at too young an age doesn’t teach them good writing, and can enforce mistakes they are making. Charlotte Mason used Biblical scripture in her copywork, so I’m collecting sources of copywork that I find more suited to a secular education style. I wanted to begin a collection…

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Hope, Springtime and Jane Goodall

This week I started a three-week meditation series with the resounding theme of HOPE.  Springtime is a natural season to renew our hope and optimism about present and future possibilities.  It’s the message of the time of year–birth, renewal– from Imbolc in February to Ostara, Easter and Spring equinox in the months following.  While we think of New Year as January 1st, in the dead of winter, Chinese, Tibetan and…

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Teaching morality and values in a secular way

Teaching morality and values without religion, in a secular way, is something I’ve had to really search for, and finding quality resources can be tricky.  So I’m here to introduce you to two awesome books that my family loves:  The Buddha at Bedtime Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire and the Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime Tales of Compassion and…

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Mental Immunity and the Book of Joy

Why, exactly, am I promoting the practice of mindfulness and meditation?  Why am I advocating introducing it to our kids?  Yes, there’s research out there about brain benefits and development, handling stress.  But there are so many reasons!  And here’s maybe the best reason–JOY.  Happiness.  And a great deal of JOY can be found in: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World     How do we…

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A Handful of Quiet

A small beautiful book, A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh is another ‘quick-start’ mindfulness tool for your classroom and home. Paper-over-board covers with a spiral binding make it a durable, easy-to-use tool. (Thank you, Plum Blossom Books–you know the struggle to hold a book open and work with a child at the same time is real.) The book contains a script for you to…

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