Five Fantastic Finds For Families 10/2023
October Edition 2023
Williams Educational Consultants shares five educational topics that offer wisdom, guidance, and fun for the entire family.
It is hard to believe that a few weeks ago, my middle son, Chip, who is only 12, played golf with Joey Hamilton, an American former MLB Pitcher who played professionally for nine seasons; it was a great honor to have Chip and Joey carry the team in a little scramble to raise money for The Brian Jordan Foundation. Brian Jordan and Chip are pictured on the left as they took to the greens for a fun day at Chateau Elan with professional athletes from all over the country. I am grateful for athletes, especially those who supported Mr. Jordan's mission to help children reach their full potential. Click here to learn more about The Brian Jordan Foundation and help support his mission.
As the temperatures get colder, As the leaves fall and November brings a touch of winter's chill, I encourage you to reflect on the progress your student(s) has made this year. This month is all about gratitude, and I am grateful for the incredible dedication and hard work of my students, parents, teachers, and colleagues.
Williams Educational is a small business actively Helping You Choose Wisely since 2005. As Owner and Founder of WEC, I have been in education since 1997 and am grateful to celebrate American Education Week this November. Be on the lookout for further information about how to celebrate, who to thank, and why we have celebrated American Education since 1921!
5 Wise Words From Wendy:
1. Prepare. Prepare for a thankful heart, which involves cultivating a mindset of gratitude and making it a part of your daily life. A grateful heart can bring numerous benefits, including increased happiness, reduced stress, and improved relationships. Here are some steps to help you prepare a thankful heart: Observe and appreciate the small details in your surroundings; Set aside a few minutes each day to write down things you're grateful for, send thank-you notes and messages of appreciation, or express your gratitude in person.
2. Plan. November can bring a lot of anxiety with testing, assignments, holiday shopping, and much more. A plan for positivity involves taking intentional steps to create an optimistic outlook on life. Incorporating positive habits and strategies into your daily routine can improve your mental well-being and overall quality of life. I encourage all students to start their day with a positive intention. Decide to approach the day with optimism and an open mind. Pay attention to your self-talk. Challenge and replace negative or self-critical thoughts with positive and empowering ones.
3. Relax. Staying mindful is a great way to refresh. How do you welcome fall? At the bottom of this newsletter, you will find Mindfulness Moment#16: "TRANSFORMATION" by Angela Cominos Koehler.
4. Support. Supporting your new gratitude or mindset involves nurturing and strengthening your appreciation for the positive aspects of life. Therefore, keeping a Gratitude Journal or creating a Gratitude Jar is essential. You may want to make a Gratitude Jar for a loved one, influencing positivity and good feelings while making someone else feel good. Remember to mark November as a month to support yourself.
5. Love. Even during challenging times, try to find a silver lining. Reflect on what you've learned from difficult situations and how they've contributed to your growth. Remember that having a heart of love is the best way to embrace a challenge or fear. Spend time with friends and family who radiate love. Share positive experiences and gratitude with others and encourage them to practice gratitude. Bring joy, love, and peace into your day-to-day activities, and November will be more fulfilling.
4 Current Conversations:
Here are topics that can create great conversations:
1. Where do your chips fall when it comes to college names and future success?
2. AI in the classroom?
3. Generation P and college success.
4. Iowa City and Women's Basketball.
3 School Snippets:
Colleges often give great information on their sites:
1. 6 Tips from University of Rochester on Interview Prep.
2. How to manage anxiety.
3. 10 Tips from University of Chicago (applicable for high school and college students!)
2 metro-Atlanta opportunities:
A section to focus on news in metro-Atlanta:
1 Recipe Randomness: Nothing says November like Pumpkin Pie
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 (14 ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Instructions Gather all ingredients. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Whisk pumpkin puree, condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue baking until a knife inserted 1 inch from the crust comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool before serving.
Mindfulness Moment #16: TRANSFORMATION
Transformation is an ongoing process that tends to appear ordinary, when, in fact, something extraordinary is taking place.”
To transform can be a painful process, but one that is well worth it. Think of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. You must shed the old, to unfold the beautiful. The process, while uncomfortable, is necessary for growth to happen. October is a time of transformation. You see it in nature - the temperatures and colors. Heed the lessons of nature, begin the search inward to find what your soul seeks, and let the adventure begin. Lean into the discomfort and see what becomes of you.
What do you want to BECOME?
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