As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward...
Happy World Teachers Day! Every now and then, I still find myself questioning why and how I happened to fall into teaching. I still haven’t figured out the answer to that, but every...
Join the Rainbow Kids Yoga Tea...1
I Teach Because They Taught Me...2
Rekindling the Passion3
Note: I am sharing this thank you note that I had written in celebration of my graduation last October. It took me a long time to finally hurdle my thesis, but I finally did it! I can now get rid of all those cheap presentation folders and transforms all those printed out journal articles into scratch paper, haha
Anyway, here goes:
When I was a child, I wanted to be a storyteller.Read More
I’ve been so engrossed in things that I’ve barely kept track of this site. Of all my sites. Haha. I blame this on all those social networking sites that just allow instant posting. Haha. I wish there was an easier app that links to my blog I tell ya. Is there one????Read More
I recently got to join the latest batch of Beyond Yoga’s teacher training graduates celebrate the completion on their program. It was such a nostalgic feeling to be there exactly one year from the time I had set off for my own teacher training graduation retreat. This year, not only did I get to celebrate with my little yogi brothers and sisters, but I had the privilege of being one of their guest teachers in their training where I lectured about yoga and psychology (apparently getting my Master’s Degree had much more fringe benefits than I had expected haha).
As always, we marked the occasion with some kirtan. We did not have a kirtan band this time, but we all got together and just rocked it out It kinda made me want to take music lessons again haha. Perhaps an online program? I should get me one of those Music Man Guitars! Nyahaha. In any case, kirtan sessions always bring out that little lost musician in me. Maybe someday she will find her true voice, in the meantime, she can remain lost in tune. haha.Read More
It’s amazing how fast time flies. Once again, Christmas is right around the corner. While many of us may not feel the Christmas spirit, due to all the disasters our world has faced these past few months, it is important to pause and be grateful for all the good that has happened, EVEN IF. I take inspiration from all those who survived and made it through difficult times. I see them still smile on news reports and photos despite the horrific things they have encountered. And so as the news feeds change on my Facebook timeline and people start putting up their Christmas trees and setting up their miniature Christmas villages (speaking of which, click here for lemax Christmas village accessories), I pause with gratitude for what 2013 has brought.Read More
I am currently halfway through my latest teacher training program and there is a big emphasis on the role of sound currents in this particular program. Coming from a Kundalini yoga background, this course has shown me the importance of not just chanting, but also listening to the vibrations around us, such as that of beating on a drum, blowing on a horn, or even just deepening the breath. I have always known kids learn a lot from music, but I always saw it from a one-dimensional aspect. It was what they do, after all. Also, because I was never interested in musical instruments and would never in my wildest dreams think of asking for one of those Pintech electronic drums or what not, I didn’t give it much value.
Today I realized, however, that 5 things music does are:
1. It can help one learn to regulate breathing.
2. It brings awareness to the body and sensations of the body.
3. It allows for better coordination (this I kinda new already).
4. It builds confidence.
5. It brings people together.
So yes, if only for these five reasons, kids should always be allowed to play music, and not just during music class.Read More
The following is a guest post by Abby Evans.
It’s hard to challenge the benefits of learning music, considering the effects it has on the brain and a person’s happiness and mood. Whether playing an instrument or singing with a chorus, learning music can hone a wide variety of cognitive skills, trigger the release of endorphins, and re-wire brain networks in positive ways. And with children, it can be a powerful aid with learning concepts, strengthening memory, and enhancing everyday activities.
Sadly, a growing trend – especially in the United States – is to slash state funding for public school music programs. This omits a critical learning component from children’s education, and puts the future of music in jeopardy. Luckily, there are still a number of amazing tutors available for private lessons, and the institution of music is not dead yet.
Here are some helpful tips for finding and choosing a good music tutor:Read More
Gosh, it’s only July and already I’m wishing for summer. While I do acknowledge that this year has gone by so quickly, I am anticipating summer break like anything. Well, I guess it’s not just summer break, but a break in general. I want to just veg in front of the television and not think about anything, if that is okay. I wanna flip through the random cable channels and relax. Since I’ve been watching shows on my laptop more than anything, maybe I should check out those direct TV and online streaming packages such as the one sky offers. So yes, getting back to the point, I am so wishing for my summer holiday so I can just do that…
Don’t get me wrong: I love my job. Or Jobs, should I say. I love doing what I do, especially at the university, however, it can get really, really exhausting. It’s not the amount of work, I think, because it’s still the same as before. I think it’s more of the way I am expending my energy. Being a highly introverted person, I relish my alone time and need that to recharge. This does not mean I don’t want to be around others, mind you, but when I don’t have time to just check in and settle into myself, it gets overwhelming. Add to this, the cold, damp and rainy weather is getting to me. Boo.
However since I cannot be on a summer break now, I have decided to take a break from my busy schedule and just watch you tube all day long today. See you tomorrow. Haha.
Here in the Philippines, the weather has shifted from the long, hot, humid summer to the damp, wet and, at times, floody rainy season. While we Filipinos are pretty much used to the two “seasons” we have here (if we can even call it that), it still requires some preparation.
I was reminded of this as I rereading my thesis revisions which talked about one of the greatest national calamities we had in recent years, the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy. One consistent finding I had in the data was the importance of preparation. This prompted me to check out articles about safety precautions that should be in place in any household. Here are some suggestions I can share with you:
1. Prepare your family survival kit. This should include the basics: water, canned goods, flashlights with batteries, towels/warm clothing, and medicines. For those with pets, think about their basic needs too.
2. Safety proof the home against fire. While it may seem that the fires are more likely to happen in the summer, it still can happen in the midst of the rainy season, what with short circuits and electrical fires. Have a fire extinguisher ready. Consider installing a fire alarm or smoke detector. Check out this site for different types of smoke alarms: http://www.sdfirealarms.co.uk/fire-protection/domestic-fire-protection/smoke-alarms-detectors.html
3. Have safety numbers and emergency listings available on the door of your refrigerator, by your telephone, and other easy access points in the home.
4. Get in touch with your neighborhood association and see what emergency evacuation plan they have and centers of resources that you can seek support with.
5. Arm yourself with knowledge. Keep track of weather disturbances in your area. Invest in a transistor radio while you’re at it.
Any other preparation tips you can think of? Do drop me a lineRead More
My cousin posted a photo the other day of party favors that she had gotten for her daughter’s birthday party at Manila’s budget shopping haven, Divisoria and I suddenly missed going there!!! Sure, it’s not the prettiest of places and it is like one big giant marketplace, but the prices sure make the trip worthwhile! When I was still teaching, I’d get birthday presents, moving up day tokens and even ballet recital gifts there at amazingly affordable prices! The best part of it all: the students would always love them! Of course, as with anything, careful caution must be observed as sometimes the stuff is not the best quality materials, teehee.Read More