Changing Directions

lwsportland Building Community, Calm, Evenmindedness

Changing Directions Each Monday morning, the elementary and middle school classes gather together for Inner Joy Circle. It is an experiential gathering that helps build school community and aims to give the children a deeper experience of themselves. The planning is done in the flow learning style and takes into account what is happening in the natural world as well …

Practicing Peace

lwsportland Building Community

Practicing Peace Our Living Wisdom School focuses on a school wide theme each year. This theme aims to guide our classrooms, events and parent/teacher discussions. Practicing Peace is the 2017-2018 school theme. Gandhi’s quote of “Be the change you wish to see in the world” influenced this choice as well as the urgent need for centeredness, contentment and calmness in …

Happy Summer!

Conscious Parenting

Happy Summer! As we wrap up the last few days of the school year, we’re wishing all of our families a very joyful and uplifting summer. Below is a list of helpful reminders inspired from a recent article posted in Psychology Today. Summertime can provide some of the most special memories of childhood. Keep it simple, be present and have …

Building Community with JOY

Building Community, Traditions

Building Community with JOY Joyathon is one of our beloved Living Wisdom School community traditions and fundraisers. Our students – preschool to 8th grade- bike, scoot, run or walk for pledges to support our school. The children look forward to Joyathon season in May all year long. The Joyathon begins with the children creating beautiful Joyathon letters with handmade stories …

Made to Move!

Body Awareness, Energy

Made to Move! When was the last time you got down on the floor and rolled around? Jumped like a frog? Danced like the wind? Climbed, spun or crawled around? Probably not in a long time! For most adults we’ve forgotten how important movement is as a way of learning, exploring and understanding the world and ourselves – this is …

Circle Time

Appreciation, Calm, Education for Life, Experiential learning, Focused Attention, Meditation, Teaching Spiritual Principles

Circle Time Every morning, in every Living Wisdom School classroom from preschool to middle school, the school day begins the same way​. ​ Circle Time is a ​special part of the day for the class to come together in unity, set the intention for the day, share and support one another, and s​end​ collective well-wishes to friends, family, and all …

Cathedral to Learning- post two

Art, Curriculum ideas, Education for Life

Cathedral to Learning- post two Below is the second in series of four blog posts about how an inspiration of the Intermediate class Art teacher, Heather Utter, manifested in the classroom. After the field trip and back in the classroom, the students began to develop a plan to create their cathedral to learning. As a class, they decided they’d like …

Learning about Frogs

Curriculum ideas, Experiential learning, Science

Learning about Frogs Our First and Second grade teacher Melissa Heart, just finished up the Life Cycle of Frogs with her class. Enjoy her ideas and love of learning! The Primary class began Spring term with a Frog Life Cycle unit. Each student drew an entire life cycle that contributed to our wall mural. The mural served as a focal …

“I like how things are right now!”

Appreciation, Calm, Education for Life, Energy, Experiential learning, Focused Attention

“I like how things are right now!” Our Middle School teacher, Matthew Fredrickson, shares a moment from his classroom. On what seemed like an ordinary Monday morning in our Middle School classroom, one of the sixth grade girls smiled cheerfully as she looked at me and said, “I like how things are right now!” For a moment, I didn’t comprehend …

Raising Consciousness with Affirmations

Education for Life, Energy, Evenmindedness, Experiential learning, Focused Attention, Teaching Spiritual Principles

Raising Consciousness with Affirmations One of our older students came to me expressing frustration about a difficult situation. Knowing this student and her learning process well, I suggested a positive affirmation. “How about, I am healthy, happy and whole?” “What’s whole?” she asked with a puzzled look. “It sounds like I’m a piece of pie or something”, she added. I …