Apr 22

What do you do for Stress Release?

What do you do for release, to relieve stress? Life happens, the grass is not always green, and things do not always go our way. We must all find ways to deal and cope with stressful situations or we will explode and snap at others. For me, my release is running. Thank you to my friends and colleagues who started me on the running adventure. Your encouragement pushes me to press on and go for it. Many evenings after work I run with friends, and many Saturdays you can find me at a 5K (sometimes a 10K) race event. I am loving it and loving the running community. I feel happier and healthier than I have ever felt in my life. When stressful events happen at work and in the classroom, I find it much easier to deal with situations. My friends and colleagues are more important to me than an argument or a fight. I let it go and go with the flow while following policies and procedures required to operate a Christian preschool learning center and positive work environment.

Children are no different from adults in stressful situations and often react because of adult reactions as well. When adults learn to appropriately handle stressful times, they model appropriate reactions to children. In preschool, we teach children to think before they speak, to speak up for themselves when something or someone bothers them, and to walk away from unkind situations with potential for arguments and disagreements.

Yoga is an excellent way for learning to handle stressful situations. Yoga teaches us how to breathe and calm our feelings and emotions. When we learn proper breathing techniques, our bodies are calmer and we are less likely to snap at one another, which makes for smoother reactions with friends. Brain research shows us that movement and breath help to alleviate stress and anxiety. Our bodies are designed to move. Everyone can be happier and healthier.

Try these yoga movements:


“I am strong.” Pretend to be a surfer.

To do Warrior 2 Pose: From standing position, step one foot back, placing the foot so that it is facing slightly outwards. Take your arms up in parallel to the ground, bend your front knee, and look forward. Pretend to be a surfer and use your strength to catch tricky waves.

“I am kind.” Pretend to be a tree.

To do Tree Pose: Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh, and balance. Sway like a tree. Think of trees being kind by offering shade, creating oxygen, and providing homes to animals.

“I am brave.” Pretend to be a skier.

To do Chair Pose: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands out in front of you, pretending to grasp ski poles as you fly down a ski run like a brave and fearless skier.

“I am friendly.” Pretend to be a dog.

To do Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs. Think of being an eager and friendly dog.

“I am wise.” Pretend to be an owl.

To do Hero Pose: Drop your knees to the ground and come down to rest upright on your heels. Then pretend to be a wise owl perched on a tree. Twist your upper body one way and then the other.

Start slowly and focus on your child’s success. If your child doesn’t click with using movement as a calming down strategy, don’t push it. Leave it for a while, and then try again. Just like every strategy, nothing is a one-size-fits-all solution, so feel free to adapt and change the yoga method to suit your child’s interests and needs. Introducing the idea of using movement and breath to help their brains to re-boot and re-focus is what’s important.

Try these yoga movements and begin your exercise routine for your release and meet me at the next 5K race. See how much healthier and happier you feel, too.

Feb 19

Thoughts from the Baby Sister

The following was written by Doris Boring, in loving memory of her sister Ruby Culbertson who went to be with Jesus on February 14, 2015, in Forest City, North Carolina.



Thoughts from the Baby Sister


Life as the baby sister was joyful and challenging. The twins, Norris and Doris, were always together and wanted to include Ruby in their fun and schemes, yet Ruby rarely wanted to be involved. They all had different interests. The twins always had fun together: riding bikes, skating, playing games, walking through mud puddles, and going to friends’ birthday parties.

Ruby was different from them. She wanted to do different things, and she had fun with other friends.

Ruby graduated from high school and went on to begin her life-long career at Roses Store. She went from one Roses to another and worked in many positions from clerk to office positions and to store management.

While not only working full-time at the store, Ruby devoted her entire life to caring for their mother and then caring for their older sisters. She spent a life of caring for others. She was always there for them.

It was not until their adult years that Doris and Ruby really enjoyed one other. They enjoyed sisterhood after Doris married and had a daughter. Ruby, being the caregiver that she is, devoted much of her time to helping Doris and loving on her niece. She made many visits to Florida for Disney and beach trips. She loved adventures and a good time.

Ruby was always ready for a good time. She loved family gatherings and trips. She spent many long hours on car rides to visit family. Her family was her life and she loved to have a good time.

We will always remember our Ruby Duby and the good times we had at the place where she called Home.


Dec 31

Book Review: Born to Learn without Schooling

borntolearnBecause of my passion and interest in creative education techniques, I was asked to read and post a book review on Born to Learn: How Children Learn Without Schooling by Kytka Hilmar-Jezak.

The author is very passionate about how children learn and showing creative teaching and learning methods. Her book gives a good description of how her own children were educated and encouraged to express their own interests and learning styles. They were not educated in traditional classrooms and schools and were encouraged to learn and grow at their own levels. The author expressed her teaching strategies that worked for her family. Although her writing tended to sound biased, she encouraged readers to put their own education preferences and styles aside while reading the book. Her writing style would be best incorporated with other educators who show similar teaching techniques and interests. There is a lack of references to support her creative teaching strategy; therefore, readers must invest time in the book by understanding the author is telling her story, not so much writing for persuasion.

Finally, I recommend reading this book for educators who are interested in creatively investing in the education of young children. The author gives a good description of her children’s educational journey from childhood to the independence of adulthood. Allowing children to explore their worlds and learn by doing enables them build an understanding of real-world experiences. They are free to learn in ways in which God ultimately created them.


Oct 28

Learning to be the Light

lightThis month in Kids Church we have been learning and discussing creativity. The latest lesson focused on shining a light on different items and creatively using them to share Jesus. How would you use a screwdriver to share Jesus? How would you use a broom to share Jesus? Students were given a bag with which to choose items and decide how they would use each item as a way to share Jesus and be the light of Jesus.

We can each be creative in sharing Jesus with our lives and everyday items. We can use tools to help someone repair or build something. We can use a broom to sweep a neighbor’s sidewalk. We can use a basket to collect a neighbor’s mail while he is on vacation or away for the weekend. No job is too small. Jesus’ light shines through all people, all ages, and in all ways when done for God’s glory.


How have your creatively been a light for someone?

Sep 27

Love Letters from God book review

lovelettersAre you looking for a short devotional book? This book presents Bible stories in easy-to-read formats with Scripture references. Each story is followed by a Love Letter from God to apply the Biblical story to modern daily living.

At the end of the book, there is a space to include a letter to God to share how we can continue the Bible study and personal God times upon completion of the book.

The images in the book are clear and well-illustrated to accompany the Scripture passages. Image-rich individuals are able to view the stories in pictures and imagine the stories as they read along and understand the Scripture passages.

Pick up a copy of this book from this link and live the Bible stories in word and images as you study the Scriptures further and apply to daily living experiences.

Love Letters from God author: Glenys Nellist

Illustrator: Sophie Allsopp

Sep 01

Drive with Headlights on

Transformative Assessment in higher education can be compared to hands-on active learning in lower grades. To evaluate higher education programs, schools and faculty were using student surveys to determine program effectiveness. However, these tools often failed to measure student learning and gave poor understandings of program effectiveness and faculty success. Those current assessment tools failed to tell the whole story (Lorenzetti, 2004, 3). Therefore, the Transformative Assessment Project (TAP) was developed and created an active learning tool for students and assessment methods for schools and faculty to more accurately determine student progress and learning.

For baseball players to learn to hit a ball, they must practice swinging the bat and perform active participation in batting practice and in games. Student learning abilities must be exercised in similar methods by allowing students to active participate in hands-on activities as well. When drivers operate a vehicle at night, they need headlights to see. Students need tools with which to work and successfully manage hands-on learning activities. These hands-on activities create assessment tools for teachers to evaluate active learning methods of students in the moment, not after they have learned the material from a book.

To start a TAP, teachers create a rubric that outlines areas of emphasis for students and what they should master in the plan. Teachers keep track of student learning and progress throughout the program and evaluate progress. The transformative plan will focus on different aspects of student progress and allow teachers to manage teaching techniques to meet student needs. This learning style is based on learning processes, not evaluating learning outcomes from only one teaching method.


Lorenzetti, J. (2004). Transformative Assessment in Higher Education. Distance Education Report, 8(6), 3-7.

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