Kids

The Generosity of Children

The kindergartners stood in a circle on the grass, in the park one brisk afternoon, leaving the slides and monkey bars empty. Curious, their teachers approached and heard them softly singing one of their gentle, circle time songs from class. Drawing closer, they realized the children encircled a dead bird. One child later said, “We wanted to sing to the ... Read More »

Climate Change is Elementary

While politicians, pundits and environmentalists discuss the need for action on climate change, a new demographic is committing to action—elementary age children. Climate Change is Elementary (CCIE) conducts in-school events, to educate and empower kids in grades kindergarten through eighth on protecting the environment. The program is spearheaded by educational consultant, Dave Finnigan, who has over 30 years of experience ... Read More »

Stretch Your Limits with YoKid

YoKid, a Washington D.C.-based 501(c)3 organization that provides instruction in yoga for kids & teens, is looking for volunteers. By participating in yoga, kids & teens are able to foster greater self-awareness and, in turn, realize their full potential physically, academically, socially, and emotionally.  To carry out their mission, YoKid is looking for volunteers, who can help in a variety ... Read More »

Help to Build Hope in Haiti with your Own Hands

Help for the Children, a locally based 501(c)3 organization, has a big goal—to build a school, orphanage and medical clinic in Charlier, Haiti. The organization began with an idea from Ginette Thomas, a native Haitian who lived in the U.S., for many years but returned to Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Charlier is an isolated coastal village about three ... Read More »

Grammy-Nominated Artist Jai Uttal Performs in Kids and Evening Concert

California-based, world music pioneer Jai Uttal returns to the D.C., area with two concerts on Saturday, November 9, featuring his eclectic East-meets-West sound. His call-and-response musical performances unite hearts and bring peace. The visit is a special collaboration of the D.C., and suburban Maryland based yoga studios that offer major children’s yoga programs and the Oneness-Family School (OFS), an international ... Read More »

The Mindful Journey of Childhood

The bumper sticker, “Childhood is a Journey Not a Race,” seems like a simple and straightforward reminder to be mindful, but we often forget to think about how profound the statement truly is. In fact, the philosophy presents a challenge to parents and educators alike. A race has a starting line and finish line and ranks participants by speed, in ... Read More »

Unplug to Plug In with Children

A 2013 Organic Trade Association study reports that more parents buy organic food for their children and 81% have at least tried it. The industry grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. Parents are clearly being more conscious than ever about what goes into their children’s bodies to help them grow and develop. Yet in my ... Read More »

Elmo-free Shopping

In an unprecedented move, MOM’s Organic Market hopes to eliminate the stress that comes from shopping with small children, by refusing to sell products with cartoon characters on the package design. Parents can safely stroll the aisles of all MOM’s stores without worrying whether their toddlers will be screaming for packages with Elmo or Dora the Explorer. MOM’s CEO Steve ... Read More »

Oneness Family School

A large circle of 6-to-9-year-olds sits and contemplates a jar brimming with multicolored glass hearts. “How do we want to celebrate our transcendence?” asks their teacher, and a forest of hands fills the air. The Rainbow Heart Jewel Ceremony at Oneness-Family School (OFS) is underway, a practice that honors each child’s progress and affirms their benefit to the community. Each ... Read More »