Lately, I’ve been hearing the word mindfulness. The dictionary says mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique.
Drs. Andrew Weil and Depak Chopra say mindfulness is very good for a person’s health. Dr. Chopra says “Mindfulness is an activity that can be done at any time and it does not require sitting, or even focusing on the breath. “When we’re mindful, we’re aware of what we’re experiencing, moment-to-moment, without judgment or expectation. We observe our experience just as it is, right now. It is done by bringing the mind to focus on what is happening in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation can be practiced daily, from eating to exercising, to just breathing and living. Some examples are enjoying food when eating, feeling the waves over your feet as you are walking on the beach, hearing the sounds of the wind in the trees, enjoying each moment with a friend or partner, and smelling the flowers as you stroll through a rose garden.”
Mindfulness and meditation is something I definitely want to learn more about. We all have things we want to learn more about.
Fisher Hill has an excellent English literacy program for Spanish-speaking teens and adults who want to learn more about reading and writing in English. How does our literacy program work? We have four different series in our literacy program. Each series has six volumes. Each volume is a workbook. These four series can be used in conjunction with each other. The very first book to use would be English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. This series introduces students to reading in English. The series uses a very systematic, explicit approach to teaching the forty-four speech sounds used in the English language. After completing English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1, students are ready to practice their beginning reading skills by using English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. They can also begin practicing writing by using English Writing Composition for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. English Vocabulary for the Spanish Speaker Book 1 reviews the vocabulary presented in English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. After completing the Book Ones in the series, students can begin the Book Twos. The four series, each with six workbooks, were written to be used together. By using the four series together, students get a good foundation in English literacy.
Adults like our workbooks because the pace is reasonable, print is large, directions are in Spanish, there’s lots of pictures but the content is for adults. Teachers like our books because everything is ready to go! There’s an answer key at the the end of each lesson and an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of each book.
Visit our website at www.Fisher-Hill.com to learn more about our English literacy series for Spanish-speaking teens and adults.