Written By Cynthia Adshade For the past few years, I have walked into a typical kindergarten classroom and have been amazed at what kids have to know and be able to do by the time they enter grade one. One common example of this is a student needs to be able to write 5-8 sentences… Continue reading Are Kids Prepared for School Today?
My husband Greg and I currently live in separate states (Georgia and Florida). Although we would love to live under the same roof, right now it’s just not possible (due to several reasons). However in the meantime, Greg and I do whatever we can to spend as much time together - either virtually or physically.… Continue reading Taking Time to Smell The Flowers
There are two essential components to prepare yourself to use mindfulness activities in the classroom: posture and breathing. Let’s take a look at them. Posture: The Mindful Body In order to practice mindfulness, students need to first prepare their bodies. This means they need to position themselves so they’re comfortable and ready to fully… Continue reading What does Mindfulness Bring to the Preschool Classroom? (Part 2)
Last week I was lucky enough to present a mindfulness workshop to a wonderful group of preschool teachers for UMAP (United Methodist Association of Preschools). Although I have presented many workshops to teachers, parents, and other personnel (and I even teach a pediatric OTA course), this was my first time creating and presenting my very… Continue reading What Does Mindfulness Bring to the Preschool Classroom?
In my last post I discussed using The Hoberman Sphere as a visual tool to promote mindful breathing and simple exercises to incorporate using it in your daily routine. Well… this awesome little device has yet another function – it can be a fidget! A fidget is “an object or toy used by children to manage their fidgeting”(1). Fidgets have been around for years. … Continue reading The Hoberman Sphere – A different type of fidget tool (Part 2)
Disclaimer: For some people, this may not be a beneficial tool or may cause problems due to previous or unknown medical conditions. Please consult a physician before engaging in this mindful breathing activity. I’ve been incorporating mindful breathing with several clients I work with over the past year or so. Most people are easily able… Continue reading The Hoberman Sphere – A mindful breathing tool (Part 1)
I was in a meeting recently for the yearly annual review for one of my students. The parent was discussing with the group about how one of her children was reading books on their iPad through Bookshare, and was really enjoying it, while the other was having difficulty. The group discussed all the potential… Continue reading Is reading a book on a tablet better for you?
Technology is wonderful!! I love the fact that I can sit anywhere and use my phone to research or buy something online. Or be able to chat with my husband (and actually see him!) with the push of a button on my phone. Technology is growing at such a rapid pace that it’s honestly hard… Continue reading An Alarming Trend That We Need To Be Mindful Of
This post was written by my sister Julie Adshade. I had always been active. As a kid I played lots of games and sports with my friends outdoors. I was always on some sort of sports team in high school. And then there was …a lull. That was 4 years of studying engineering at university,… Continue reading Running – A Journey
Written by Nicole Irvine Minimalism is both a state of mind and a way of life. I have been told I live minimally. This is not really a choice that I actively contemplated before putting into action; it is just how I have always been. Living minimally gives me a personal sense of calm. I… Continue reading Minimalism – What it means to me