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,…

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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…

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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…