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Gratitude Journal

 

Gratitude is a two-way street. The more you give, the more you get. 

I am receiving gratitude from people who are thankful for the Thanks and Giving Celebration. Here’s the thing: I am so grateful to you for supporting this dream of mine to teach literacy through music and movement.

Choose gratitude. Every minute of every day you have a choice. You can choose to complain about what you do not have, or be thankful for what you do. Choose appreciation. Choose gratitude. You can find things to be thankful for, even when things are not going well. That's when it is especially important to practice gratitude.

Gratitude, like love, creates what I call "rosy moments." Cherish them. Savor them. Make them last. Writing down what you are grateful for will help you remember the rosy moments and make them last longer.

 There are many benefits of using a gratitude journal, including closer relationships, improved physical health, reduced aggression, better sleep,...

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Gratitude

 

This blog is one you can share with the kids. 

I talk about choosing appreciation and gratitude.

Please join me November 27 at 11:30 am EDT for the Thanks and Giving Celebration, a free sing-along for kids and their grownups. Sign up here: www.singintoreading.com/thanks-and-giving

And here are some quotes on gratitude for the grownups:

Stephen Richards: “When you express gratitude for the blessings that come into your life, it not only encourages the universe to send you more, it also sees to it that those blessings remain.”

Todd Stocker: “Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”

Zig Ziglar: “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Henri Frederic Amiel: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness...

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Self Care

personal stories Nov 15, 2020
 

 

Today, I want to talk to you about being kind to yourself. I belong to a writing group. We meet weekly to share goals, accomplishments, work, accountability, and critique. And lately, more than enything else, my writing group has been serving plenty of encouragement and self-care reminders. (Which I desperately need.)

Like most parents and teachers, I spend most of my time giving to others. And I enjoy giving to others. But sometimes, (maybe often), I forget to fill my own tank first. In a Reiki session on Friday, I remembered what it is like to receive - and I highly reccommend it!

In my writing group, a friend reminded me of the metaphor of having to fit some big rocks, pebbles, sand, and water into a jar. If you fill the jar first with sand, water, and pebbles there is no room left for the big rocks. But if you place the big rocks first, then the pebbles, then sand, and then water, you can make it all fit. She reminded me that life is like that and we need...

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Be Kind

 

This original song is about being kind.

Let's all remember to be kind. Please join me in celebrating World Kindness Day, November 13. Check it out here: https://worldkindness.org/

I will be on the radio this Wednesday, November 11, at 8 pm EDT. The station is We Act Toledo, WAKT 106.1. It can be live streamed on toledoradio.org.

Keep singing,

Risa

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Thanks and Giving Celebration Invitation

Uncategorized Nov 06, 2020
 

Please join us for a celebration of gratitude and generosity. All children and their grownups are welcome! Sign up here: www.singintoreading.com/thanks-and-giving

 

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Naomi and Jackie, I Love You

Uncategorized Oct 27, 2020
 

Sign up for Baby Music now, and your purchase will include a personalized baby book and song. The book will be customized with your baby's name and pictures. And in the recording, I will sing your baby's beautiful name. Sign up here: www.singintoreading.com/enrollmybaby

 

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Rosy Moments

 

Just a reminder to “stop and smell the roses.”

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Stellaluna

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2020
 

Jenni is back! Jennifer Miller visited our Kindergarten Club. She shared a "Five Little Pumpkins" counting rhyme with us and read Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon.

Thank you, Jenni! 

Keep singing,
Risa

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Jenni reads Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

 

Jennifer Miller, a talented minister and teacher, read to us. Jenni is a "rockin reader!"

I know you will enjoy her reading of Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman.

Keep singing,
Risa

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Someday Soon Jar

 

How to make a "Someday Soon jar:"

  • Take a jar and write "Someday Soon" on it. 
  • Whenever you think of something you want to do someday soon that you can't do right now, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. 
  • Someday soon, when you are able to do all these things, enjoy taking out your papers, reading your ideas, and doing all those fun things!
  • I want to thank Jewish Federation of Toledo for my "Someday Soon jar."

Keep singing,

Risa

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