Posts tagged holistic education
Why Did We Create a Board? A Closer Look at our New Mindfulness Product.

Over many years we developed different ways of teaching mindfulness. First we introduced mindfulness as just words & thoughts — slowly finding that the children liked using something tangible to represent the practice. We started using crystals, gems, flowers, stones, nature, shakers, jars, bowls & whatever else presented itself in our daily routines. We realised that mindful teaching opportunities were literally everywhere & even the children came to us with ideas for our next ‘gratitude circle’. Seriously... it was such an organic evolution that unfolded right before our eyes.

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Teaching Emotions. Much More Than Faces on Flash Cards

Could teaching emotions be as simple as a deck of flash cards?...It’s a common resource in an early years classroom, flash cards with happy, excited, scared, sad and angry faces on them as part of a theme on ‘emotions’. Teaching a child to identify emotions can be taught in this manner. That is totally ok. However, in our experience a child can often be confused by such a black and white teaching practice as this is just touching on what emotions really are. We once had feedback that a usually happy child had begun talking about everything that made her angry. Her mother then realised that her kindergarten was focusing on one ‘emotion’ per week. As we know all children need to learn how to identify and express their emotions in order to manage them. However, teaching a child about emotions is a MUCH deeper concept and requires gentle exposure and practices.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Afraid To let Children Be Bored

As adults a break from Instagram was a huge eye opener as to how little we allow our minds to slow down. Actually slow down. Even as someone conscious of mindfulness & slow living — I realised that I would fill a lot of the days voids & breaks scrolling or flicking between emails, apps & messages. It was purely habitual. I only truly noticed it once I had given it all up. Waiting for coffee, in a line or when you stop the car even after driving for only a little while -- what do you do — go for a scroll on Instagram to fill the blanks.

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A 36 Hour Trip To Sydney -- Fast, Slow & Sunshine For The Soul

Early bird flight, bag drop & a fast-paced hunt for coffee before the Hay House Writers Workshop. The prettiness of the harbour on a warm & sunny winter Saturday sparks a feeling of inner gratitude for a safe flight, beautiful country & how much life has changed in the last 18 months. From the inner work I have been doing lately, I slow down & naturally feel presence in the moment. I understand how you can miss moments. I spent a lot of my younger years travelling to places but missing simple moments because of future plans. Today I bask in the sunshine with my sister & mumma while we drink coffee together & laugh. I actually forget about the purpose of the weekend because of the state of my mind being in the present. How much I have changed from focusing on the next destination -- to noticing the magic in the right here, right now.

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What do we actually mean by creative? Is it all just art, craft & play?

After 12 years of private school, I would have to say that I was led to believe that being creative meant 'good at art'. It wasn't until I was well into my late 20s that I realised that there was so much more to being 'creative'. For me, using creative thinking and tapping into your naturally creative energy source is just as important as processing academic content and you don't have to be able to draw or paint to consider yourself a creative person.

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Steiner, Montessori, Reggio? Let's Talk Holistic Approaches

When people enter Whole Beings, they see a unique studio style space filled with creative learning stations, designed for prompt immersion by the entering child. Some will notice elements of Steiner philosophy, there will be natural wood materials and fantasy play. Montessori inspired learning can be seen as puzzles, patterning or real world experiences, such as involving the children in the nurturing of our plants. Let's not forget Reggio Emilia where the environment allows for child-led learning through experiences of touching, listening and observing. Which can honestly be seen throughout the entire space.

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