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Movement Meditation: Connection

Movements can be powerful teachers. Our bodies remember and repeat motions associated with specific practices, such as…

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Movement Meditation: Empowerment

Being a small person in a big world can be overwhelming at times. Children may feel overshadowed by the adults around…

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Movement Meditation: Wonder

Children learn pretty quickly that there are often right answers and wrong answers to the questions adults ask. Those…

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Movement Meditation: Awareness

Being aware of one’s surroundings can be an important safety practice. We teach children to pay attention when…

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Movement Meditation: Empathy

Children don’t always get along. Like adults, they get angry with siblings and friends. They feel resentment and…

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Movement Meditation: Justice

Children long to make a difference in the world around them. From their earnest commitment to fairness as preschoolers…

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Movement-Enhanced Learning

Several years ago, I was leading a holiday workshop and more kids than I expected showed up. There weren’t enough…

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Jitter Stick Spirituality

My kids have always been pretty good about settling down to do their homework. But after a half hour or so, first one…

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Exercising Attention

It’s the usual afterschool chaos in my house. Classic rock plays loudly and all three kids are gyrating in an…

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Using Movement to Reduce Trauma Responses

Numerous studies show that stress is on the rise among children. Some experts suggest that school closures and pandemic…

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Pathways to Wonder & Awe

The first time I saw flying fish, I was overcome with amazement. They looked like silvery stars twinkling in the waves…

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A 5E Model of Spiritual Education

One of my eldest child’s favorite memories is a series of 5th grade class sessions where they explored scientific…

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Books for Women’s History Month

I have a bumper sticker on my car that reads, ‘Well-behaved women rarely make history’. It’s a reminder to myself…

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Inward & Outward Spirituality

With many sports, after-school activities, clubs, service projects, and in some cases, in-person school canceled,…

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Exploring Care for the Ocean with I Love You, Blue

My family lives close enough to the ocean that we can visit frequently. My children enjoy walking on the beach, playing…

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Guided Meditation for Peacefulness

Stress and anxiety are common occurrences in contemporary family life. Parents and children have a lot to do each day,…

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Yoga with Children

I keep returning to yoga practice in my adult life. It provides me with a space to be present in my body and helps me…

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Developing Spiritual Persistence

I am often so excited when I begin a new spiritual practice, I expect to see immediate benefits. In my enthusiasm, I…

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Rihanna Spirituality

Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII performance is trending on social media. Several reviewers place it in their all-time top…

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Guided Meditation for Justice Seekers

Children and adults often use guided meditation to help them relax or fall asleep. A soothing voice inviting you to…

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Contextual Engagement

Engaging children in spiritual work is a contextual experience. Yet much of our understanding about children’s…

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Meditation On Light

The winter months can be hard. Short days and long nights leave us longing for more sunlight. Cold temperatures chill…

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Using Room Decorations to Support Spiritual Learning

The walls of my son’s pre-K classroom were covered with posters and children’s artwork. It was like walking into a…

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Helping Children Identify as Spiritual People

When parents name a child, they do so with high hopes that the name will somehow influence who that child becomes. If…

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Centering Guide

The world can be a noisy place. From the sounds of traffic in the streets, neighbors through apartment walls, Zoom…

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Talking with Kids about the Derek Chauvin Verdict

My family was doing our regular post-school, pre-dinner thing when the radio paused its scheduled programming to…

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Critical Race Theory

When the University of North Carolina declined to tenure Nikole Hannah-Jones after recruiting her for a chair in…

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Environmental Justice for Preschoolers

As global leaders gather in Glasgow to discuss climate change, one message is clear: environmental justice isn’t just…

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Reading Fauja Singh Keeps Going

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the 3rd Monday in January reminds us that society needs strong leaders:…

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Super Mario Spirituality

The Super Mario Bros. Movie begins with the Nintendo game’s familiar theme music, a siren call to multiple…

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Hanukkah Story Activities

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight day celebration that recalls how a small band of ancient Jews…

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Affirming Neurodiversity

I was recently invited to talk with a group of interns working in non-profit settings with kids. One noted that he had…

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Avoiding Seductive Details

Drawing children into learning activities can sometimes feel like Sisyphus rolling an immense boulder uphill. Just when…

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Spiritual Brain Power

When my eldest child was three, she shocked our neighbor by explaining in detail how a refrigerator works. Amber loved…

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Guiding Questions for Pandemic Programming

Just when we thought it was safe to relax a little, the Omicron variant has swooped in and put pandemic debates in the…

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Digital Spirituality with Young Children

A friend posts a snapshot of her three year old daughter on social media. Sonia* has her head bent over her mom’s…

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Exploring Where Wonder Grows

My dad collected rocks his whole life. He particularly liked geodes: rocks that - when broken open - contained a hidden…

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Helping Children Appreciate Diversity

Cleaning out my daughter’s closet, I found a shadow box she constructed in 1st grade. She and a friend set out to…

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Guided Meditation on Friendship

For children, Valentine’s Day is more about friendship than romance. They’re generally eager to exchange valentine…

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Becoming a More Reflective Leader

When I first started organizing an afterschool program for third and fourth graders, my supervisor’s advice to…

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Guided Meditation: Food Insecurity

“Mom, I’m hungry, and there’s nothing to eat!” my 10 year old wailed while staring into a well-stocked…

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Guided Meditation: Climate Change

My nephew is a science nerd. He collects facts about climate change and uses them to convince other family members to…

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Guided Meditation: Immigration

A few years ago, our family collected household items to help Afghan refugees relocating to our hometown. A local…

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Guided Meditation: Healthcare Access

When I was growing up, money was tight. My mom took my siblings and me to the city health clinic for our childhood…

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Guided Meditation: Housing Insecurity

Before the pandemic, churches in my city would take turns providing overnight accommodations for persons without…

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Spiritual Story Books

My children love to read. From a young age, they knew that I would rarely deny their request to buy a book that caught…

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Children’s Spiritual Questions

“Mommy, why did Jennifer* get cancer?” This probing question from my nine year old daughter caught me off guard.…

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Unbundled Spirituality

Once upon a time, families turned almost exclusively to religious congregations to meet their spiritual needs. They…

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How Spirituality Shapes Imagination

The other day I spread out a play mat for a friend’s four-year-old son and gave him a few hot wheels. He started the…

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Collective Spiritual Conversations

Often our interactions with children center around questions like “What did you learn? Or “How did that happen?”…

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Spiritual Counseling

For many children, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a time of trauma, grief, and loss. Even if children have come through…

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Exploring Spiritual Traditions through Objects

One of my grown daughters will only drink grape juice if she has bread to dip in it. It’s a throwback to her…

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Ways to Check Understanding

A common way to check whether children have understood something is to give a test. But even in schools, teachers are…

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Reimagining Spiritual Education

Most of the time, we think of the global pandemic as a terrible time for children and learning. School closures, fights…

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Using Story Circles to Build Empathy

Sorting through a box of old school papers, I found a story one of my children wrote in 2nd grade. Her teacher had…

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Emoji Spirituality

Kids love emojis. As fun visual substitutes for words, they help children share how they’re feeling and communicate…

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Cueing Spiritual Language

When my son was learning about lower case letters, he got into an argument with his preschool teacher about the letter…

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than an annual event when my children were young. We had several,…

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Exploring Emotion with Crying is Like the Rain

Children’s feelings can shift and change rapidly. One minute a toddler is happily playing and the next they’re…

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Taylor Swift Spirituality

With her latest album sweeping the top 10 slots on Billboard’s Top 100 - a first for any artist - Taylor Swift is…

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Building a Strong Image of Children

Sometimes when we talk about children, we focus on what kids can’t do: they can’t walk yet, or they can’t reach…

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Connecting with Nature through My Friend Earth

Learning about the seasons of the year is a common focus in many preschool and elementary programs.  My Friend Earth,…

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Dreaming with Dreamers

Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales, follows a mother and her young child as they immigrate to the United States and begin to…

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Acknowledging Hurt & Making Amends

Yom Kippur, the annual Jewish Day of Atonement, begins the evening of Sunday, September 24. It is a time for deep…

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Exploring Teamwork with Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Preparing for a family get-together, I gave each child a different job. My youngest collected cups and my third…

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Making Belonging a Priority

Three weeks after my middle child started third grade, she was so anxious and upset that she couldn’t concentrate on…

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Exploring Change with Where is Home, Daddy Bear?

My family moved when I was a child. For the first 6 months, I refused to call the new house ‘home’. I did not want…

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Imagining a Better World with Wish

“Why do bad things happen?” asks my son. That question is hard enough to answer, but he doesn’t stop there.  He…

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Creating a Calming Corner

December can be an overwhelming month for kids. Seasonal changes prompt a shift in clothing and outdoor activities.…

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Dreaming about Racial Equity with Kids

During the Black Lives Matter protests of 2021, my home city (Richmond, VA) struggled with the legacy of several…

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Kids, Ramadan & Food Insecurity

As the war between Israel and Palestine continues, many Palestinian parents struggle to feed their families. Violence…

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Children’s Resistance to Spirituality

Children, like adults, vary in their attraction to spirituality. Some revel in many different kinds of experiences,…

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Learning about Self & Others with The Garfield Movie

We often wonder what pets are thinking and feeling, especially when they do something that seems odd or silly. A cat…

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Exploring Community Change with The Artivist

Recently, my children were discussing who might have made their clothes. We have talked about child labor in factories,…

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