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Five Fantastic Finds For Families - 8/2022

August Edition 2022

Williams Educational Consultants shares five educational topics that offer wisdom, guidance, and fun for the entire family on the fourth Friday of every month!

5 Wise Words From Wendy:

1. Prepare. School is back in session, and students across classrooms are preparing for more work and tests. The standard response to the question, "how is school?" is the same by all students. They feel the pressure rising. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the future is to plan, schedule rest, support your teachers by completing assignments, and be kind to yourself!

2. Plan. Getting back to a schedule is often challenging, but routine is essential and good for the soul! The best planning doesn't allow for multitasking. It truly is impossible to multitask successfully. Get organized, plan, and divide up your tasks for real success.

3. Relax. Staying mindful is a great way to reduce stress. At the bottom of this newsletter, you will find a tip on why stepping outdoors is good for you. This "Mindfulness Moment" is brought to you by Angela Cominos Koehler.

4. Support. Support your teachers and staff in school. Some great tips for helping those who are teaching you are to lead by example in the classroom, complete your assignments on time, and be active in their classroom. Most teachers want to be in their school to connect and teach students. Showing respect this way will often lead to a healthy classroom relationship that fosters excellent values for all involved.

5. Love. An excellent quiz for teens is The Five Love Languages. This information can be great for understanding strengths and challenges within relationships. Take five minutes to take this quiz and find out your Love Language. Is it quality time? Gifts? Understanding your Love Language can help you find stronger relationships and create positive extracurricular activities.

4 Current Conversations: Here are some great topics that create some of the hottest current conversations:

1. Why is California increasing their enrollment?

2. Colleges are hiring more readers.

3. Are you hungry for the best dining options?

4. How colleges admit students.

3 School Snippets: Colleges often give great information on their sites:

1. Even if you aren't interested in Baylor University, a visit to their website can give student's information on what majors could be good for the applicant.

2. Ever wondered how applications are reviewed in California?

3. Is Greek Life changing on college campuses?

2 Private School Plugs: A section to focus on local private schools in metro Atlanta:

1. Plan ahead for private school admissions by scheduling JATP or SSAT Flex Test.

2. East Cobb has its 3rd Christian School opening Fall 2023!

1 Recipe Randomness:

Homemade (addictive) Granola

Dry ingredients: 4 cups oats (can use GF)

1 1/2 cups slivered almonds

1 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup raw unsalted cashews

1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt Wet ingredients:

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in bowl. Combine wet ingredients and stir into dry ingredients in 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 mins stirring every 10 mins.

Cool, fold in 1 cup each sweetened dried cranberries and dried Papaya and store in an airtight container.

Mindfulness Moment #2: Nature

“When you are being aware of the life within you and around you, you are being mindful of this present moment, and it will always calm you down. You cannot do nature, you can just be there. Being is calming. There is calm in nature.” - Dr. Bjarte Stubhaug

Another mindfulness practice is to be in nature. Take a walk when you need a break from completing your application. Walking allows you to be present and increases productivity and creativity. When you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward on your application, take a break in nature. You can notice the length of inhales and exhales, the flowers, and the trees. Engage the senses noticing the sound of birds, the feel of the wind, and the color of the sky. Nurture yourself with nature. By walking and breathing mindfully we gain a sense of calm and tranquility because we are in the NOW. Studies show that simply looking out your window at trees can produce the same calming result. If time does not allow you to take a brief walk outdoors, you can bring nature in by adding green plants and flowers into your workspace.

How will YOU take a break in nature this month?

Do you want more mindfulness and wellness in your life? Contact Angie for a Well-being coaching session or yoga and/ or meditation session. To purchase her book, please click here.

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