• Appreciation,  Building Community,  Education for Life,  Teaching Values,  Transitioning

    Start with your Heart

    Several years ago, when my children attended Living Wisdom School, I drove carpool in the mornings. The car was filled with different ages of students ranging from 1st to 7th grade. On one particular morning, the older children brought up a news topic involving leaders behaving in ways that they couldn’t understand. There was a pause for several blocks, and then, while looking out the car window, the 1st grader says, “Well, I guess they didn’t go to Living Wisdom.” The culture of kindness, positivity, empathy, and joy is felt by all ages at Living Wisdom. We’ve primarily offered this Education for Life education since 1997 through our school programs,…

  • Peace
    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 has current events. Today’s current event was the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I noticed that the impact of the tragedy affected my thoughts and those of the parents and staff that I met before Inner Joy Circle. A parent shared with me that it was Gandhi’s birthday and she chose to…

  • 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 the world today. ​During the All School Opening Circle, the theme was shared with the school, including an activity involving planting the seeds of peace. Also, we sang “Peace like a River”, experienced a moment of silence together and sent blessings to those in our global community. Would you like some ways…

  • Joyathon letter
    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 and artwork to be mailed to their friends and family. Next, parent volunteers and staff gather to put together the Joyathon packets. As children eagerly await the event, the school plans for the fun activities, food, and the course are underway. And the children even play “Joyathon” at recess! When the big day arrives,…