Teach the Children

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Teaching Children to Journal

by josephwrichards on February 9, 2016, no comments

Principles to Teach: Paying attention to your feelings, journaling, mindfulness. Preparation: Get a writing journal for each family member. Get book “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)” or similar. Lesson Plan: [We did this lesson is February, hence the introduction] Talk about Valentines Day, what is Valentines Day, what do we do on

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Teaching Children About Sleep

by josephwrichards on February 1, 2016, no comments

Principles to Teach: Why we need sleep, what happens when we sleep, what we can do to get good sleep. Preparation: Print out sleep infographics if you are using them. Print out sleep cards and create a simple game chart like in picture below. Create a “sweet dreams bag” for each child that includes a healthy snack,

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Teaching Children the Importance of Exercise

by josephwrichards on January 21, 2016, no comments

Principles to Teach: The importance and benefits of exercise. Preparation: Print out infographics you will be using. On a separate piece of paper, draw a man with windows on his body (and cut them out) to reveal the different benefits of exercise that are on the infographic you will be using. For example: Prepare a

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Teaching Children Dental Hygiene

by josephwrichards on January 12, 2016, no comments

Principles to Teach: The importance of dental hygiene and how to do it. Preparation: Purchase the Pepi Doctor app, gather duplos, play-dough, string/yarn, and everyone’s toothbrushes. Lesson: Review last week’s learning. Introduce topic of taking care of your teeth – a similar topic to taking care of your body with healthy food. Watch the following video: What

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Diet – Implementing a Healthy Eating System for Children

by josephwrichards on January 7, 2016, no comments

Principles to Teach: What is a healthy eating system and how to set one up. Preparation: Print out a few copies of the I Ate My Five Food Groups chart and cut them into square. (from freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com) Get a poster board and marker to write with. Lesson: Review what we learned last week about the

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Scott Adams’ Persuasion Reading List

by josephwrichards on December 30, 2015, one comment

Scott Adams caught my attention when he appeared on Tim Ferriss’ podcast in September, mostly for his comments on Trump. But that lead me to read his post on the persuasion reading list. Because I think persuasion is such a vital skill, I have since been working my way through some of the books on his

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Teaching Children About Diet – Food is Energy

by josephwrichards on December 28, 2015, no comments

Principles to Teach: Food is our source of energy. Eating healthy food will give you energy and make you feel happier/more positive. It is the fuel for life. If you want to be happy and accomplish great things, make sure you are fueling yourself properly. Preparation: Review the lesson plan and resources materials. Print out

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Meditation/Mindfulness

by josephwrichards on December 19, 2015, no comments

The following are resources for teaching meditiation/mindfulness. We listened to Tim Ferriss’ podcast on the The Magic Of Mindfulness while on vacation and really liked the things he mentioned. Specifically we’ve tried the 21 Day No Complaint wristband experiment and the morning/nightly journaling. The practices he mentioned are below; 21 Day No Complaint Wristband Experiment Practice Poverty

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

by josephwrichards on December 15, 2015, one comment

This post was originally called “Use Psychological “Weapons of Influence” to Negotiate Salary” and appeared on my salarynegotiators.com website. I put the full text of the post below in the event something happens to salarynegotiators.com. The post is a summary of the main points of “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Dr. Robert Cialdini. We all

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Teaching Children The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by josephwrichards on December 7, 2015, no comments

Principles to Teach: De-cluttering, organization, cleanliness. Preparation: Read through summary of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Lesson: Today we are going to learn about organization. What does organization mean? [putting things in order – where they belong] Let’s learn about organization by organizing ourselves in different ways. (Rearrange yourselves according to height, age,

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