Never Too Much Mindfulness

It’s been a few years now since I presented at the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts Conference about using labyrinths as a tool for cultivating mindfulness in a Montessori classroom. Since then, mindfulness has continued to be a big part of the way I teach. I recently participated in a few courses offered by an organization called Mindful Schools, and I have learned a plethora of new ways to integrate mindfulness into my classroom, as well as into my daily life. One thing that has become increasingly clear to me through my continued studies is that mindfulness is not just silently sitting still. It is, in fact, in everything we do. Stop reading for a moment and listen to your breath for t

Testing the Waters: Navigating Friendships in Elementary

It is no surprise to anyone that elementary-aged children are social beings. Up until this point in their lives, they have only identified themselves as part of their families. As they begin to exercise their independence from their familial society and become more extroverted, they seek out connection with peers. Playdates and birthday parties start to become key features of their social experience, and their friendships can overshadow the family relationships that were once at the center of their world. As children experiment to figure out their “social selves,” it’s common for them to run into challenges and misunderstandings. Learning the Limits: What Behavior is Acceptable? When childre

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Newton Centre, MA 02459

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