How’s the Weather Inside and Outside?

January 7, 2021
Our emotions and feelings are like the weather, ever-changing and dependent on many causes and conditions. This unit helps students understand their emotions and the impermanent nature of phenomena, while teaching coping skills and strategies, and ultimately cultivating self-awareness, compassion, and improved focus.

Middle Way School’s Thematic Units Overview

October 21, 2020
The Middle Way School organizes the academic year by 8 thematic units, drawn from traditional Buddhist practice and study that seem most fertile for student inquiry.

Reflections on Being Born

October 6, 2020
Bethany Saltman remembers the Buddhist teaching that being born is not of our own volition, and yet the smell of fall is still sweet.

Bubble Contemplation

December 9, 2019
Use bubbles as a springboard for children to investigate the experience of viewing conditioned phenomena as both interdependent and impermanent using bubbles.

Conversations about Cause and Effect

February 26, 2018
On speaking to children about karma and the six realms of existence.

Timelapses: A Tool for Teaching Change and Impermanence

February 19, 2018
Two beautiful timelapse videos, which are great for teaching children about change and impermanence.

Questions About Death

February 13, 2018
Talking to children about change, impermanence, and death.

“Changes” by Lewes New School

February 11, 2018
A sweet song and collaboration that engages students with music.

Review of Little Sid

February 8, 2018
A review of a children's book about the early life of Siddhartha Gautama.

Impermanence Man

January 8, 2018
Here is a fun approach to Impermanence, one of the thoughts that turn the mind. Kids really get into this. Make a man out of natural materials and observe how it changes over time.