Noodle Drumming to Switch Gears from Tense to Calm

January 28, 2015 Children and Stress 0 Comments

Noodle Drumming! I was a bumble bee buzzing with tense sounds, then took deep breaths and switched gears buzzing calmly. Over 30 daycare children joined in. Noodle drumming…egg noodles on mother drum move just slightly when we are calm drummers but jump high in the air when we switch gears

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Importance of Teaching Kindness to Children Impacts Heart Health

January 6, 2015 Child Wellness 0 Comments

KINDNESS research: Kindness elevates levels of the brain’s natural versions of morphine and heroin, called endogenous opioids, causing elevated levels of dopamine, creating a natural high called “Helper’s High.” Healthier hearts have emotional warmth producing the hormone, oxytocin in brain and throughout the body, stimulating cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure.

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Heartfelt Thank You

November 18, 2014 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

The “Thank You” Fairy shared a story, drummed and sang with the daycare children, did artwork, and showed them with a heart slinky how to connect from one heart to another heart when FEELING gratitude and not just saying the words, “thank you.” Research indicates gratitude strengthens the immune system,

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Deep Breathing

October 20, 2014 Early Prevention 0 Comments

Research shows deep breathing brings in 6 to 7 pints of oxygen for fuel in the mind and body. Short breaths bring in 1 to 2 pints of oxygen for fuel. Teaching children to blow big bubbles helps them to take in more oxygen and calm themselves in a fun

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Holistic Education on Littering and Caring for the Earth

October 10, 2014 Early Prevention 0 Comments

Grandma Boom aka Queen of Hearts, gave a NO littering lessons to preschoolers, including roleplaying being the earth with trash thrown on her and having no hands to clean it up. Children sang, drummed, did artwork and used grabbers provided by the Queen of Hearts to pick up trash and

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Good Choice from Consistent Reminding Pays Off

October 2, 2014 Early Prevention 0 Comments

GOOD NEWS FLASH: My grandson grabbed his two year old sister’s toy from her in their car seats as my daughter was driving them. My granddaughter, even though upset, called out to her brother. “Make a good choice, brother!” OMG…I have been saying to my grandies over and over and

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Teaching Children How To Set Goals

September 22, 2014 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Why am I balancing a plastic bird on my nose in my workshop to teach teachers how to Empower Children at the SOU Conference on Holistic Education? Because it’s a fun way to teach children how to set goals! Was it fun? You betcha! And it makes learning irresistible to

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Belly Button Breathing

September 19, 2014 Child Wellness 0 Comments

Two year olds at daycare learning to do belly button breathing. I developed 3D learning thirty-eight years ago. Start small, demonstrate, then let them see, feel, experience being inside the deep breath sensation, sphere breathing in and out. They ‘get it.’ Piks 4 and 5: kids taking turn being inside

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