Children are naturally inclined to practice the habits associated with well-being. Often it is the intervention of adults that generates difficulty. That’s why we’re so very conscious of modelling these behaviours and introducing elements of the curriculum that help our students maintain their equilibrium.
Making clear and direct links between being well and doing well are just part of how we approach our mission to make good people.
Do you ever feel that it is sometimes challenging to gain a real perspective on important issues? I was remarking the other day how challenging it can be to sort the wheat from the chaff in the bombardment of messaging we receive on a daily basis.
A fact is something that is true everywhere and for everyone. However, something that is true for one person may not be true for everyone. It’s an increasingly complex issue for adults and just imagine how perplexing it can be for children.
What a summer we’ve experienced at Walden International. In so many ways we have transformed the environment to which our students will return.
There is fresh paint on the walls. New classrooms and offices have been created. And, our school has been rejuvenated to welcome back students eager to experience all that a forward-looking school offers.
Last week I had a bit of an opportunity to gain some space (don’t know if you noticed but the children have left the school!) and think a little bit about Henry David Thoreau from whose book our name Walden derives.
It seems forever that his simple approach to the complexities of life resonated powerfully with me. In this instance one quote stood out.
The school year is almost over! Soon your kids will be flying out of the doors at Walden and joyfully announcing their arrival home…for the entire summer.
What happens now? What are you going to do with your kids for the holidays? Where will you go? How do you keep your kids’ minds active for the next many weeks? What’s the best way to answer “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”