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 …

“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 …

Joy Juice

Appreciation, Body Awareness, Calm, Conscious Parenting, Energy, Nurturing

At Living Wisdom, we use Conscious Discipline, the work of Dr. Becky Bailey, as a complementary tool in working with children. Two of our staff members attended a “Building Resilience in Classrooms” training with Dr. Becky Bailey this past October. Michelle Mall, our school secretary, was so inspired by the training that she’s been sending out weekly emails to share…

Everybody Gets to Play

Body Awareness, Energy, Experiential learning, Play 195 Comments

Any game or activity initiated by students or teachers must include all who wish to participate. “Everyone Gets To Play” is a simple idea, but can be challenging for students to practice, and teachers often have to help find creative solutions. With help, most students are willing to include others when they see…

The Power of Play

Energy, Experiential learning, Nature, Play 0 Comments

There’s a lot of talk lately about how much we learn through play. Research is showing the impact that free playtime (or the lack thereof) has on our kids, how they think and solve problems, and how they relate in community. Lately I’ve been interested in exploring how to integrate play into my curriculum…

Teaching to Make a Difference

Calm, Education for Life, Energy, Teachers 0 Comments

Teaching to Make a Difference This year, we have 3 interns at Living Wisdom School who are studying at Ananda College to become teachers. They have been spending 2 days a week in our classrooms observing and teaching a few lessons. In this post, one of the interns, Bardia Behmard, shares some of his reflection from the past 2 months. …

Read Alouds and Energy

Calm, Energy, Nurturing, Transitioning 3 Comments

Reading aloud is a major part of Primary class time and I use picture books to spark interest in a new subject, to deepen understanding, or just to be silly. Lately, I’ve been exploring using read-alouds as a tool to shift energy in the classroom. One day, the students came in from a PE where there had been some conflict. …

Tonya’s Story

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Tonya’s Story We want to add some stories from people who have attended Living Wisdom Schools; to hear about how this form of education has impacted the rest of their lives. This story is from Tonya Gorman, who was one of the very first students at the Living Wisdom School in Portland. These days, she is exploring Costa Rica. I …