Wellness Wednesday

This mindfulness exercise I have used in my classroom with great success with children that were having a tough time calming themselves at certain times of the day.

This exercise not only helps children learn about how their emotions can cloud their thoughts, but it also facilitates the practice of mindfulness while focusing on the swirling glitter in the jar.

Try having the kids focus on one emotion at a time, such as anger, and discuss how the shaken verse settling glitter is like that emotion.

If you leave the jar where they can use it with assistance (if glass) it will be a tool they will reach out for in those moments they are struggling.

Peace Harmony & Love

Cheryl XO

I’d Rather Hang Out With Animals

I used music to train my Catahoula “Duke” to settle down when he was a puppy and when he got older, we had a 1 year cat at the time also – so I would announce that “Momma is putting on the nappy music”. They both would wander into the office and lay down to nap. It worked!

Our animals can sense that we are feeling anxious or over-whelmed, they will have difficulty too if they know they can’t make us happy. Please take care of the animals too is this crazy time we are going through.

Peace Harmony & Love

Cheryl XO

What Color Is Your Rainbow?

Another oldie but goodie from my big lesson book of science experiments. I remember when doing this experiment in the classroom the hardest part was keeping the students from eating all our materials!

I added a few open-ended question to get your children from Lower-Order (rote knowledge, comprehensive) thinking skills to Higher-Order (problem solving, patterns, define relationships, create new ideas) thinking skills, especially with starting school in a few weeks either online or in-person.

Peace Harmony & Love

Cheryl XO

Everyone Needs Someone

This coming week is going to be a tough week for millions of families out there, let’s be kind and compassionate – we never know what someone is going through.

During one of our morning coffee talks this week my husband and I were discussing the saying we’ve heard since this pandemic “everyone is in the same boat”, well, that’s not exactly true. Our boat looks totally different from a single mom’s boat.

What we should replace it with “the beauty of your life is the struggles you’ll survive”

These struggles won’t last forever, my hope is that when we get to the other side of this pandemic there will be equality, kindness, compassion and tolerance for ALL.

I will be sharing resources about employment, financial, daycare, saving money, healthcare, rent / mortgage assistant right here on this blog to help people get through their struggles.

One saying that I know is true “You are not in this alone”. There is help out there for everyone, you just need to know where to look – I can help with that.

I don’t always have the answers – but I’m diligent in finding the solutions.

Peace Harmony & Love

Cheryl XO