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March 2020

Dear Lynwood Community,

I am excited to announce that our Book of the Month for March will be A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu. It’s a touching book about a Grandfather and Granddaughter spending time together and sharing their Tai Chi and Yoga practices.

At the end of the book the author shares a guide to Tai Chi and Yoga practices. Both Tai Chi and Yoga focus the work around being mindful and the importance of breathing. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Teaching our students to take the time to focus on their breathing helps them to remain present in the world, as well as aware of their feelings. When students are aware of their feelings, they can make better decisions.

Sylvia Liu also provides a Teacher’s Guide online that can be used in the classroom or at home to explore the work in this book.

This is a great example of how a piece of Children’s Literature can serve as a powerful tool for a positive change. As we continue to deepen our understanding of Social and Emotional Learning as a school community, our Books of the Month are a great support for exemplifying how to get the conversations going at school and at home.

Respectfully,
Dr. Danielle DeLorenzo
Principal

ddelorenzo2@sachem.edu