Back-to-School Tips

​​​The following tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Making the First Day Easier Parents should remember that they need not wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to address any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. The best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens. Many children become nervous about new situations, including changing to a new school, classroom or teacher. This may occur at any…

Building Relationships With Teachers

A parent and former middle school teacher uses thank you notes at the start of the year to foster ties with her child’s teachers. By Johanna Rauhala for edutopia.org As a peer coach who supports new teachers and a former middle school teacher, I’m a dual citizen of the worlds of parenting and education. I tread lightly here because I never want my role as a school employee to come across as meddling or to create power struggle with the teacher. I rarely mention my job or my role…

15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids. By Elena Aguilar for edutopia.org How many times have you asked your child, “How was school today?” and been frustrated by the lack of response? As a parent, I’m guilty of asking my son this question all the time, even though I usually don’t get much in return. Sometimes (to be honest), I haven’t had the energy for a real conversation. Other times, I just can’t think of what to ask. As a teacher, I have often…

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Being Mindful at the Beach

“One of the reasons we love the beach is that so many things invite us into the present moment: the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the flight of sea gulls, the moist, salty air and the feel of sand between our toes. By bringing attention to our moment-to-moment experience, the beach can be a wonderful place to practice mindfulness, and by doing so, enhance our joy and appreciation of the present.” — Mark Coleman, a mindfulness teacher and author of  “Make Peace With Your Mind.” As you arrive at…

Listening Skills for Parents

Here is a helpful podcast and article from the website Growing Nimble Families for anyone who lives or works with kids! Getting our children to listen to us is a frustration most of us face daily. Getting our spouse, siblings, work colleagues to listen to us too. Listening skills is one of those things that some people have and many of us can learn to do better. Last time we talked about the listening ups and downs. Today we’re looking at some solutions…

Loving Kindness And Your Brain Health

At The Lotus School, students are encouraged to practice not just mindfulness but loving-kindness too.  We know that mindfulness helps students focus, but there is a school of thought that loving-kindness can help with brain health.  Loving-kindness involves bringing to mind someone you love, and wishing that they are safe, well, and happy – either out loud or to yourself. The practice continues by extending these well wishes outward to those around you: maybe a more neutral party, or even a difficult person in your life.  Repeating these phrases feels good in the moment,…

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts Merit Scholarship

Merit Scholarship Opportunity

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts has a merit scholarship opportunity available for Fall 2019. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students in grades 9-12 who will not only enhance the vibrant community at The Lotus School of Liberal Arts, but also add to the school’s compassionate, mindful, and lifelong learning atmosphere. Eligible candidates should be able to show their ongoing commitment to the following:      Service to others      Leadership      Academic integrity For more information or to apply visit our…

Starting School Later is Better

American teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived. As children enter puberty, physiological changes delay the onset of sleep and make it more difficult to wake up early in the morning. By the end of middle school, there is a large disconnect between biological sleep patterns and early-morning school schedules: one study found that students lose as much as two hours of sleep per night during the school year compared to the summer months, when they can better control their sleep schedules. This article by educationnext.org talks about the impact such deficits…

The Value of School Field Trips

At The Lotus School, field trips are an essential part of our academic curriculum and our mindfulness program. An interesting article titled “The Educational Value of Field Trips” discusses the value of school field trips and states that: Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more According to this article published by Education Next, “The school field trip has a long history in American public education. For decades, students have piled into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions, including art, natural history, and science…

Nockamixon State Park Hike

  On a beautiful June day, The Lotus School spent the better part of the school day hiking the trails at Nockamixon State Park. Our school does a visit at least twice a year, as we are fortunate enough to be very close to a trail head. Along the route we stopped to examine forest creatures, skip stones at the lake, and play frisbee. We ended up at a scenic overlook to enjoy our packed lunches before making our way back. Learning opportunities and different perspectives present themselves when we take the classroom…