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Member Spotlight: Bija Kids

What are some tips for Natural Start members interested in bringing mindfulness to their programming? I think it’s very important for educators to teach what they know and what resonates with them. Mindfulness is all about being present and engaged.

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Hands-On Learning

“Hands-on activities empower children to be problem solvers, equipped with the tools to cope with the inevitable challenges and idiosyncrasies of life.”

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rose & rex

“Far from arbitrary or a waste of time, play is the very essence of how children develop and grow into capable, critical thinkers. It’s their currency, their access to the expectations and social norms of society, and a critical way to process life’s experiences.”

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Redefining ‘Success’ in the Age of Donald Trump

“At Bija we teach kids that hard work has a purpose but it isn’t everything. Life is also about joy, laughter and connecting. We teach our students that creativity and being your true self matters more…This is what we see as the model for success in the next generation.”

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Time to get back to the land when it comes to education

“As soon as they saw the playground through the clearing, the entire group ran. Twenty-nine 2-5-year-old backs, green T-shirts moving quickly toward sand and rocks, and felled tree trunks. I followed behind, soon reaching 5-year-old Lydia and what from her vantage point was a mammoth chunk of wood.”

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A Child Grows in Brooklyn: Messy Play

“After a decade as the director of my school, I realized that for parents to understand why we value play so highly, specifically open-ended, messy play, I had to give them a chance to experience it for themselves. What exactly constitutes messy play? Why is this so important for kids?”

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Not Your Everyday Child’s Pose

“The day after she graduated from The New School, Lauren Maples opened Bija Kids, a children’s yoga company. Nine years later, Maples, 32, who spent her youth training for a career as a ballet dancer, has raised Bija into a household name for Brooklyn brownstone families.”

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A Moment With Lauren Maples

“Lauren Maples is a model of conscious behavior.  The onetime ballet dancer and certified yogi happened naturally upon her interest in childhood education after years of nannying during college. Then, while teaching in independent and public schools, she became fascinated by what separates a successful and happy learning environment from a less functional one.”

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