Yom Kippur

Fall brings two major Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which is one of the most important observances in Judaism.

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Talking about the Queen’s Funeral & Rituals after Death

Less than 24 hours after Queen Elizabeth’s death, media outlets were carrying articles about ‘what to expect’ as a nation mourned her passing and celebrated her life.

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Exploring Community Justice with Unfadeable

In Unfadeable, Bella Fades is a fierce tween girl who loves her community and wants to see it thrive.

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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 impromptu dance party.

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Reading Small Town Pride With Kids

Small Town Pride stars a tween working to understand himself, change his community and gain autonomy over his own story.

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Spiritual Exploration with the Webb Telescope

A friend’s 5 year old daughter recently visited our local science museum, where she was mesmerized by the Webb telescope images.

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Exploring Miss Quinces

Summer can often be a time of celebrations and reunions as family members and friends travel to see one another.

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Exploring Gods & Grief with Thor: Love and Thunder

My family rarely misses a Marvel movie, and the new Thor: Love and Thunder is no exception.

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Talking about Ukraine with I Hate Borsch

Earlier this month, UNESCO added borsch, the national soup of Ukraine, to its list of endangered cultural heritage items.

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Exploring Power & Perseverance with Minions: The Rise of Gru

The new Minions movie has much of the silliness you expect from the Despicable Me franchise. 

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Reading What Do You Do with a Chance?

Taking chances is risky. Some children can’t wait to explore the unknown. Others prefer familiar structures and routines.

What Do You Do with a Chance?

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Identity Discussions with Alice Austen Lived Here

Sam and TJ have learned a lot about ‘Dead Straight Cisgender White Men’ in history. So when they have to research a local historical figure for commemoration on Staten Island,

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Exploring Lightyear with Children

As long time fans of Toy Story, my children were excited to learn Buzz’s backstory. They watched as Buzz and Alesha diverted their Space Ranger to explore an uncharted planet,

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Exploring Magic Candies with Children

Imagine a bag of candies with the power to bring your sofa to life and give voice to falling leaves.

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Reading Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts

Disney’s popular movie, Turning Red, has called attention to how children struggle with big emotions,

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Daily Intentions

Setting small spiritual goals each day is one way that children can take responsibility for their own moral and ethical development.

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Taking Flight with The Year We Learned to Fly

Cultural and spiritual heritages are often passed on to new generations through stories and teachings by elders. Knowing this,

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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 ideas.

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Mindful Art

Self-awareness and emotional regulation are spiritual skills that every child needs. Research shows that art activities can be powerful tools for supporting these skills.

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Reading A Duet for Home

What can children do about a situation that seems unfair or unjust? How can they be allies? These are two of the questions that Karina Yan Glaser explores in her new novel,

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Books for Earth Day

Every year on April 22, more than a billion people take time to reflect on the earth and its importance for human wellbeing.

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Exploring Ellen Outside the Lines

In their latest book, author A.J. Sass creates a neurodivergent main character (Ellen) who is negotiating changes in her friendships and sense of self.

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Mindful Nature Walks

I do a lot of walking. I sometimes walk from my house to my office two blocks away. I pace while talking on the phone at work or home.

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Spiritual Reflection with Turning Red

Pixar’s newest release is a coming-of-age story about a Chinese Canadian girl accepting both her changing body and shifting relationships as she enters adolescence.

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Exploring For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

Like many parents, Michael W. Waters looked at his newborn son and thought him the most beautiful baby on earth.

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Spiritual ‘projects’ with Operation Sisterhood

Bo’s summer plans completely change when her mother moves into a Harlem brownstone with her fiance and another family.

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Books Celebrating Black Identity

Children’s spiritual well-being depends, in part, on strong self-esteem. They need to see themselves as individuals valued and respected by others.

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Spiritual Storytelling with The Last Cuentista

For a book lover like me, one bedtime story often turned into two or three as I tucked my young children in.

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Spiritual Play with Bluey

My sisters and I often engaged in imaginative play when we were growing up. We came up with various pretend situations,

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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 cavity filled with crystals.

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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: people who show us how to respect and honor diversity.

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New Year’s Examen

Examen is a reflective practice that originated in the 15th century. It’s purpose is to help children and adults become more aware of the power that thankfulness,

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Creating a Sacred Healing Space

The last two years have been incredibly difficult. Children, as well as adults, have struggled to find spiritual wellbeing in the midst of health concerns,

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Reflecting with Spiderman: No Way Home

When my oldest child was 4, he begged to have his face painted as Spiderman. But when he saw his new face in the mirror,

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Spiritual Reflection with Encanto

Encanto, Disney’s newest animated feature, tells the story of an extraordinary family. Once upon a time,

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Reading The Proudest Blue

Wearing hijab is a spiritual statement for Muslim girls and women. It is a sign of faith and a practice of faithfulness.

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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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Creating a Mindfulness Space

Mindfulness practices help children to become more self-aware. When they spend time being present with themselves, they learn more about who they are.

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Chapter Books about Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Older children often wonder about the reasons refugees and asylum seekers have left their homelands. They are able to think critically about economic and political systems that displace people and want to hear refugees’ stories.

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Picture Books about Refugees

With stories about refugees and immigrants frequently in the news, children are certain to wonder about why they’ve come and what their experiences are like.

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Reflecting on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

During quarantine, my family watched all of the Marvel movies in chronological order.  It was one of the few series that both my high schoolers and older elementary children could enjoy together.

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Public Learning Reflective Process

For teachers and program facilitators who want to be reflective practitioners, Mills College School of Education suggests organizing regular fishbowl-style conversations with other teachers or an advisory group.

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Coloring as a Mindfulness Practice

As children return to in-person gatherings, they may feel anxious and stressed.  An art-based mindfulness practice can help children regulate their emotions and prevent their fears from overwhelming them.

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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,

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Identity Portraits

Valuing who we are and respecting others’ identities are crucial to spiritual wellbeing. Every child wants to be seen for the unique individual they are.

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Telling Personal Stories

Hearing others’ stories and telling one’s own is a powerful way for children to connect spiritually. Personal stories reveal details about children’s personalities.

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Decision Matrix

Learning to make good decisions is an essential spiritual skill. Becoming a self-reflective person requires children to figure out the moral and ethical norms of their community and use this information to make judgments about their own actions.

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Create a Virtual Protest

Even as places open for in-person experiences, virtual engagements can continue to be part of children’s and families’ positive spiritual interactions.

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Pandemic Reflection Activities

As many places lift pandemic restrictions, children need ways to look back over the past 15 months and reflect on their experiences.

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Family Spiritual Rules

Family spiritual rules are a little like superhero codes of conduct: they outline our values and the activities we believe represent them.

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Earth Day Spirituality

Nature plays a significant role in spirituality for people of all ages. During the pandemic, many families have found that spending time outdoors has soothed their souls and broken the monotony of being socially isolated.

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Practicing Presence

Learning to be attentive to the spiritual aspects of life takes time and practice. From the time we are preschoolers,

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Examining Our Conscience

Many cultural and religious traditions have some kind of spiritual practice that involves reflecting on one’s activities over a period of time and evaluating how well they conform to shared values.

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Focused Attention

Mindfulness is all the rage these days, and rightly so. When children take a few moments to focus their attention,

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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 classrooms,

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Talking about Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb

Forming an identity is a complicated task. The arts provide space to create and play with different identities. Education researcher Kim So Jung notes that poetry has many benefits for early elementary students,

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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 imagine yourself sitting beside a babbling brook or wandering through a lush forest can be both calming and refreshing.

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A Lament How-To

When life gets tough, a spiritual practice that deals with anxiety can make the difference between a whiny child and one that feels empowered to cope.

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