Saturday, June 20, 2015

What We Do, In a Nutshell

This little quote and graphic sums up the goal of our Peace Program at Lafayette quite nicely. While traditional character education, conflict resolution, and social-emotional learning programs include lots of instruction on stimuli and reactions, the mindfulness part adds the missing link for getting from one point to the other. Giving our kids that space during the hectic school day-- and teaching them how to take it for themselves whenever life's stresses appear --is an amazing and precious life tool!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wash Post Article: How Cookie Monster Makes Your Kid Smarter

This week the Washington Post TV had a short segment on the Cookie Monster series and how it makes kids emotionally smarter. We have watched several of these videos this year, and heard from our Cookie Monster puppet friend as part of our learning about self control. The kids LOVE when Cookie visits their class, as he did this week to help them think about what peace tastes like (cookies, of course!) If you find your kids needing a few reminders about things like self-control, listening to directions, and staying calm (as I know mine will), check out the Sesame Street Parodies series with your child. This is one kind of screen time that's okay with me!