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…

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The Power of Positivity In Your School

At the teacher-powered Lotus School, teachers can enable optimism through focusing on the upside, gratitude, small acts of kindness, emotional mindfulness, brain and body exercise, and positive surroundings. This great article for educators from Edutopia discusses how a positive community of educators within a school has a powerful effect on the students who learn there. Individually, teachers contribute to that positive environment by exhibiting and modeling an optimistic outlook and can-do attitude. Teachers who understand the role that emotions play in learning can…

Printmaking in Art Class

Block Printing in Art Class What is “space” in artwork? How does space affect color and balance? Art 1 students at The Lotus School have been experimenting with how to divide space in a composition. Linocut printing shows a clear distinction between negative and positive space. Students carved reliefs in linoleum blocks that they then used to block print their images. Some students played with multiple plates in a single print; others tested out their color theory by mixing ink colors and trying different combinations of ink color and paper…

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Be Kind – To Yourself

Self-Kindness Supports our Well-Being Throughout history, many of the world’s greatest thinkers have talked about how kindness and friendliness are the foundation of well-being, happiness, and connection. It is also the basis of cooperation, which is a key function of empathy. Research shows that a regular practice of kindness – in as little as two weeks – can improve our well-being.  Developing a kind and friendly relationship with ourselves is one of the most powerful expressions of mindfulness practice. We might all try to focus our attention on developing an attitude…

Won Institute

Our school hosted three mindfulness teachers from the Won Institute to run the first of three workshops on self-awareness and self-control. The basic teaching consisted of “Stop”, “Examine”, and “Restore”. This program was developed in South Korea for use in the public schools, as educators they are working out ways to reduce the immense stress many young Koreans experience in a high pressure school system. The students practiced communication and listening both in telling their own stories and in role playing. While doing this, they practice the skill cycle of “Stop-Examine-Restore” which is modern version of a very…

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Is Your Teen Addicted To Tech?

According to a report by Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day on digital technology, excluding work for school. Given the incredible pull and deep impact technology has on us as adult users, it is no surprise that many young people are struggling to create a healthy relationship with their screens. Teens also talk of feel lonely even when constantly connecting to friends with their phones. What to do? Talk with your teen about the impact of technology use.  Ask what they love about…

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Benefits Of Meditation In School

Many schools are experiencing positive results on student behavior and learning from a daily 30-minute opening period of meditation and mindfulness, and the establishment of a “mindful room” for students who are acting out. Some schools are also replacing detention with meditation as a way to help traumatized students learn to deal with their emotions and self-regulate their response to situations so they can approach learning with a more positive attitude. Meditation is also a valuable tool for stressed teachers; in fact, allowing students to see how a teacher…

NYC Volunteering

  The Lotus School joined students from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Montclair, N.J. and the Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting of upstate N.Y. for a Youth Services Opportunity work-camp in New York City to aid homeless and hungry residents. After spending a lovely summer afternoon checking out the farmer’s market and various goings on around Union Square,…

Mind Jar Making

Thanks to the attendees at our last Saturday Open House for Prospective Students. A few folks stopped in to make a glitter jar, as part of a workshop for students to create their own personal Mindfulness Jar that they can take home with them. The jar works as a reminder to practice awareness and kindness toward oneself and others. The pictures show working hands creating the jar, using colorful animals and landscape designs as a focal point.

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Open House for Prospective Students

On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 from 3-5pm, take the time to come by and tour our school, talk with the teachers, and learn more about our program. We look forward to seeing you here! Please send an email to lotus@lotusla.org to register. Knowing that small schools create less anxiety for teens, we create a community atmosphere that is responsive to their needs. Students flourish in what a small learning community offers: low student/teacher ratio, strong connections with teachers and course work, and rigorous education that emphasizes experience over rote learning. Our small class size combined with experienced educators meet our students’ needs for challenge with support. At The Lotus School, the students find a place where they can better reach their potential. By keeping small and thinking big each student gets the personal attention they need to achieve more. Learn more about The Lotus School Education Model - click here.  We look forward to meeting you!​