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What Color Are You?

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The number of flashbacks that ran through my mind were innumerable, both from my childhood and my interactions with the students of Makarios. It's surprising how easy it is to brush aside a child. You grow more and more immune to the ever-lasting nuisance that is a child's creativity and curiosity. "Why? Why? Why?" 

"Look at this ball of play-doh I mashed together!"

"5 more minutes please! I want to beat this level!"

 

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Maslow's Pyramid - Support Your Child's Climb to Self-Actualization.

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Abraham Maslow, known to his friends as Abe, was a Russian-Jewish boy born in 1908. During his childhood in New York City, he had a lofty dream to change the world. That idea began to take root when Abe attended the University of Wisconsin. He chose to study psychology, simply because it was socially practical and useful. His degree led him to a position as a professor of psychology at Brooklyn College.

 

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5 Things To Know About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

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"What's new with Blue Ridge?" This question is one we often get asked. We have a fantastic team, strong leadership, and a comprehensive, individualized, clinical assessment focused program for teens and their families. We’re taking the opportunity to share more about Blue Ridge’s program and communicate what’s changed (and what hasn’t). Here are 5 things to know about us.

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A highly functional democracy

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I think we’re all asking the questions. Is democracy failing? Has our democracy been hacked? How could that happen? What do we do about it? Are there other options? How do we let go of the patriarchy? If we do, can we really thrive in a democracy where everyone gets a say? Well, I’m not about to answer those questions for you. I am going to share something I’ve recently gotten to observe that proves to be a highly functional democracy where I see my little boy thriving every day. Even at home, he is thriving again after several years of struggle and resistance around school and lots of other things, including not getting his way about something he wanted to do that us as parents did not. What he is experiencing at school, he is bringing home and teaching us how to better hear each other’s’ voices and take votes to make choices that best represent the desires of the group, while ensuring everyone’s ideas get recognized. It’s amazing how just being heard eases the realization that it’s

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The incredible value of pretend play

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The value of pretend play is widely studied in Child Development--my major at UT Dallas--today. In fact, the chapter I’m currently studying in one of my Psych classes singles out many of the valuable aspects of pretend play. Not only does pretend play often mimic important adult interactions in things like work, school, and family life, but it also helps children develop social skills: compromising, sharing meaning with another person, displaying and understanding their own feelings as well as the feelings of others. One of the most picture perfect examples I saw of this recently was Makarios kids playing a game of “Fake JC,” which I’ll talk about later.

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5 Things To Know About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

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"What's new with Blue Ridge?" This question is one we often get asked. We have a fantastic team, strong leadership, and a comprehensive, individualized, clinical assessment focused program for teens and their families. We’re taking the opportunity to share more about Blue Ridge’s program and communicate what’s changed (and what hasn’t). Here are 5 things to know about us.

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by monicajenner66 • Oct 18, 2017

Google Ranking Fair : Where Google Show Off Future Search Changes.

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So Danny Sullivan has just been at Google as a representative for a moment and as of now shared something I had no clue Google did, a Google Ranking Fair.

Danny depicted these Ranking Fairs in a progression of posts on Twitter. He said he went to “Positioning Fair” yesterday at Google. He included it is “like science reasonable with look designs before shows clarifying future changes.” He said there are “no code/insider facts” shared yet there are “engineers with shows discussing how something they did makes a difference.”

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Status Update on the 1st Democratic Free School in DFW

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So much has happened in the last couple of months. As we have been talking with people in the community it has become obvious that we need to spend some time really sharing the message of democratic free education. So many people assume that we are a "charter school." Therefore, we made the decision to remove the word "school" from our name and became simply: Makarios Learning Community. And that is just what we are; a community learning together in a happy, relaxed environment.

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Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

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One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our school- except when they don’t, because they’re new. A prospective student’s trial week and a new student’s first few days can be some of the most interesting things to experience at Makarios, and it really solidifies the sense of community each and every time.

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The benefits of mindfulness

The benefits of mindfulness

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So why practice mindfulness?  As we take time to be present to our experiences, and practice focusing on the present, we actually rewire our brains by creating new neural networks.  What are neural networks, you ask? When we learn behavior (how to swim, how to write the alphabet, how to drive a car) we create a neural network in the brain--neural networks, essentially, are neurons collecting signals from others and this creates an electric activity that creates connective branches in the brain. 

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