41 Family Rituals That Teach Responsibility, Kindness, and Compassion
Family rituals allow you to slow down and connect, and they’re associated with all sorts of powerful benefits. You probably have several family rituals and traditions of your own, perhaps without even realizing it. But if you don’t have rituals yet, or if you’d like to create some new ones, read on for inspiring examples of family traditions and rituals!
Hi There! Lisa here, from Growing Firsties & I'm going to share a little bit about Growth Mindset today, which is based on Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck's work. Heads up that I do have some Amazon Affiliate links in this post. Should you choose to use the links, I'll earn some "circle money" as my daughter calls coins. :-) Half of my affiliate proceeds are for paying it forward - each month I receive earnings I give to my local food pantry/outreach services organization. The…
The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic - e-Learning Infographics
The Importance of Grit in Students Infographic looks at some of the reasons it is important to add grit to your 21st century survival skills.
7 Visualization Tools for Releasing Worry
Just prior to selecting one of the following visualization tools, guide your child into a relaxed space. Find a comfortable position with few distractions. Take a few deep breaths together and ex…
10 Mindfulness Activities You Can Try Today
There are exercises you can do shift your mindset to ease anxiety. Science says taking breaks actually keeps you more on track for things to go as planned. Sometimes, achieving calm has everything to do with starting things off right each day. And likewise, you can’t perform at your best during your work hours when it’s clogging up your attention at all hours of the day. And, if staying out of your inbox takes an unrealistic amount of willpower, these a #MindfulnessForChildren
How to Help Students with Negative Self-Talk
I recently received an email from a passionate new teacher named Shelby. She asked how teachers could respond to students who engage in negative self-talk. We can all probably think of a student who says things like, "I'm so bad at this," "I'm a boring friend," or "I'm so stupid." How do we help these students? When we correct negative self-talk, students might not believe us. They might think, "She's only saying that because she's my teacher/mother." Other students, especially those with…
Character Traits and the Books that Teach Them - Lessons With Laughter
Frame from Erin Bradley Designs When I think about my goals as a teacher, character education has always been at the top of my list. I get just as excited when my students greet other teachers by name, hold doors open for adults, and show a true sense of appreciation as when they master their […]
Some children in need will be a little bit warmer this holiday season thanks to some special second-grade students in Kristin Moffitt's and Julie Delka's classes at Westwood. After reading Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, these students set out to do something extraordinary, too, with the inquiry, "What could we do to help?" The decided on making fleece blankets to donate to two local charities, but that wouldn't happen without a lot of planning and curricular…
Taking Responsibility for Our Actions in Role Playing
Responsiblity “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12 I’ve written a parenting tip on “no excuses.” It is so much easier to make an excuse rather than take responsibility. We want to teach our kids to choose the harder but more rewarding road by owning...Read More