“Linda!” Nandu puffed out in exasperation “I CAN’T write! I’m just 4!!”
I looked at her: “Nandu, do you know what writing is?”
A mindful, “kid-centric” hands-on learning program for the “whole child,” in a nature-ful, organic environment. Riviera PlaySchool is inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication.
Many parents don’t realize that the education world has changed drastically since they were in school. Schools and class sizes used to be smaller, dropout rates lower, in-school violence almost unheard of, and teachers weren’t terrified of showing affection to their students, or of discussing moral values. Of course, even then, school was far from perfect, but at least the teachers—and usually the principal—knew every student by name, something that is increasingly rare today.
The Knowing Garden, along with Melody Elder M.A. E.d. is hosting a Parenting
Workshop on Monday, Oct 17th. The subject is “Things That Come Up At School”
and it focuses on getting through lessons and homework with positive connections
as well as being the best advocate you can be for your student.
All families are welcome. Please click here for information and
OmmmmmMy God! Compassion is a Two Way Street
You Can Reach Enlightenment in 1 Easy Science-backed Step!
I have been waiting for this one!! Science now has documented evidence that anyone CAN reach enlightenment, (or at least find peace, joy, or satisfaction) in one easy step! I am tossing my meditation beads!! They have found the holy grail!
Riviera PlaySchool in Redondo Beach, CA
TEACHING FROM BALANCE
A Mindful program for the ‘Whole Child,’ inspired by the best of Attachment Parenting, Reggio Emilia, Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf and Non-Violent Communication.
Parents commonly say things like, “You need to put your toys away and get ready for bed.” A shift in focus from needs to desires is the key that will unlock your creativity…
“No Child Left Behind” has inadvertently placed undue emphasis on elements that have nothing to do with academic success. The entire system has instead created a generation of button-pushers who lack critical thinking skills as well as the emotional and social intelligence to get their needs met independently. We are not creating people who are following in the footsteps of our forefathers: independent thinkers, inventors, and self-sufficient pioneers who have the skills and tenacity to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps in Horatio Alger fashion.
Have you ever tried to hurry a little boy into his clothing and out the door? It is usually to no avail — the shirt becomes a pirate’s hat, and then his eye catches a forgotten toy — everything is so richly distracting to children, because they are still engaged so deeply in living life. So why do we try to pounce it out of them? “Straighten up! Hurry Up! Come on, we’ll be late!”
If you’re like me, you are your own worst critic. And there is no badge of honor in that, even though we have been brought up to believe it is so. You deserve the same “break” you are wanting your child to be given.
As Joseph Chilton Pearce says, “Your must be what you want your children to become.” Isn’t it a breathe of fresh air to know that being your authentic self is perfect?!!
NEW DATE: (DON’T MISS OUT!!) Tuesday, August 24, 6:30 to 8:30.
Topics covered will be:
Developmentally appropriate practices
Schooling options after preschool/nursery school
Academic kinders vs developmental kinders
Advocating for your child
RSVP to Linda at (310)408-5616