Educating Young Students From The Inside Out

Educating Preschool students from the "Inside Out"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

With a song in my heart.

There is a song that comes to mind: " Lets' start at the very beginning, its a very good place to start. When you read you begin with A-B-C, When you sing you begin with do-re-mi." So here I am, beginning with a song.

Everyone has to start somewhere. In my classroom at school, we begin with a song or a chant each morning. This can be something as easy on my mp3 player playing in the background or me sitting to play on the harmonium, a new chant that I want to teach my students.

The main reason for my writing a blog is that over many months of research I have yet to find many educators teaching to young children in the way I teach through the Education for Life principles. Education for Life is a philosophy of holistic education that emphasizes experiential learning, spiritual development and practical skills for living such as concentration, self-discipline and compassion. The fundamentals of the philosophy are described in the book: Education for Life, by J. Donald Walters. Using these principles the Living Wisdom School was  founded in 1972 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi. From this original school the Education for Life System has expanded to now include campuses on three continents.

Thus begins my journey with sharing our way of teaching to young children using these universal concepts . This blog will include content from my classroom, our Living Wisdom School in Shoreline, Washington and through other venues where I may be teaching. I look forward to your comments. It is a little frightening beginning something like this. But as so many before have taken the leap of faith I too will be just singing a chant as I begin the process. Until tomorrow. Joy, Joy, Joy, Ever New Joy, Joy.

1 comment:

  1. All the best with your blogging! Love the title! I teach outside (literally) to get to the inside (mind, body, heart, spirit)...!


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