Rules

“The kindergarten put on an improvisational dance program. All the other kids in the school were in the audience with the kindergarten parents. Afterwards, there was an all-school circle on the stage, and everyone was singing. I looked at the children’s faces, and they were so happy and so content. Later, I tried to explain it to the people in my office, but I couldn’t find words for it. I just knew my kids were loved and cared for, that all the children there were loved and cared for, and that I could never find a better place for my children.”LWS Parent, Palo Alto

The Rules in an Education for Life School:

  • Enjoy yourself.

    Discover that true happiness includes the happiness of others on their long journey to awareness of the unity of all things.

  • Practice kindness.

    Learn to practice kindness with one another and to recognize that in doing so you help create a loving and safe atmosphere.

  • Choose happiness.

    Learn that you have the power to choose how you will respond to life’s challenges. Learn to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Learn to control your moods and raise your energy to meet difficulties that arise.

  • Be a loving friend to everyone—both children and teachers.

    Play together across the grades. Enjoy helping younger children. Share your knowledge and receive it from others—both students and teachers.

  • Laugh often.

    Laughter and lively exchanges in the classroom help to make learning a joyful process.

  • Be a life-long learner.

    Discover the love and joy of learning for its own sake.

  • Trust yourself.

    Learn to consult your own knowledge and intuition rather than to succumb to peer pressure as you confront life’s challenges.

  • Use your will to create good energy.

    Prize perseverance and courage in the face of challenges. Embrace life moment to moment in the lessons learned, songs sung, plays performed, etc.

  • Find the joy within.

    Become aware that happiness resides within, not without. Learn to use the breath to center and calm yourself. Look to the lives of saints and sages of all religions as models in your search for true happiness.