Meditation for rain

This week while learning about water and its cycle the kids meditated with me to send rain to California to help with the drought. And it worked!! Yesterday it rained with some thunderstorms in some parts of California!! 👍👍😎😎😊😇
  

It’s Teacher’s Appreciation week! 

And I am getting cards and comliments from my students. Just today, Adam, who is 6 years old, said “Ms. Oksana, you classroom is awesome!” That is the best compliment I’ve ever gotten from a 6-year old. 

Also, one of my students gave me this card. Aw, thank you so much. I do my best 🙂

  

End of the year parent conferences

I just finished my end of the year parent conferences and they were an absolute delight. I did something different. Instead of telling parents how their children are doing in school I asked them how they thought they were doing. Then we compared to my feedback and it was a match. It was absolutely heart warming to hear that children take pride in their work and show parents what they learned in school, particularly cued speech! I feel like a proud hen 🙂 ! 

The parents appreciated the way I update thm on their children’s progress and everybody loved the pictures I send out regularly.  I received many comliments on my classroom design. I happened to agree. Having designed my own classroom, I love coming to work every day. It’s my home away from home. My Montessori home, The Iris Room.     

   

 

Breath of Fire

This week in my yoga for kids class we were practicing the “breath of fire” or sometimes it is called the “dragon breath”. Here are the steps:

1) sit in a comfortable position, cris cross works!
2) take a deep breath into your belly
3) push the breath out by pulling your abdominal muscles into your spine, making exhales small, short, quick and rhythmical

Children love breathing this way! There are many benefits of this pranayama practice, including but not limited to:

a) body warm up
b) stress relief
c) release of toxins
d) toning of abdominal muscles
e) fun!

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