Lessons at Home – Teaching Ideas for Parents – Penny Experiment

Penny Experiment – A science experiment that you can do at home with handy household ingredients.  Learn the basics of how to conduction an experiment and modify it to find new scientific understanding. Here is a science experiment for you! This is a twist on the old penny in soda experiment. What you are going Read More

Stop and Settle with Five-Fingers Breath

A reaction is not the same as a response. A reaction is instant and emotional and comes from a part of the brain wired for survival. A response requires time for thinking and planning. Sometimes waiting long enough to respond thoughtfully is hard. This video shows you how to use your own hand as a Read More

Clear the Mind with a Beach Jar

When the mind is all stirred up with anxiety, fear, anger or another emotion, thinking clearly is impossible. A homemade beach jar works like a snow globe. Shake it to create a literal version of what a murky mind feels like. Watching the contents settle creates something to do while waiting for the mind to Read More

Calm the Worry Monkey with Hot Chocolate Breath

  “Monkey Mind,” a phrase from Asian culture, provides a way to talk about feeling worried, restless, confused or anxious. Bringing attention to the breath can calm down a Monkey Mind. One simple breath practice uses an actual cup of hot chocolate or an imaginary one. Inhale the warm, comforting scent. Make an “O” shape Read More