Supporting Our Students Through Crisis

Safety First

The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives as well as our supporting students through coronaviruschildren’s education. In these times of uncertainty, where is the best place for your children to continue their education?  Here are a few reasons you might want to choose Maharishi School:

  • #1 in Best Private High Schools in Iowa We’re the #1 private/boarding school in Iowa, and the health and safety of our students is OUR #1 priority. One parent has shared their review “My children attended Maharishi School from K-12 grade and it has been the best experience for them. My daughter having just completed her Masters degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture has her dream job in New Zealand. My son is finishing his degree in Software Engineering. Very proud of them and couldn’t have done it without Maharishi School.”
  • Fairfield’s small population makes it a safe town to live in (see our blog about the Top 10 Benefits of Living in a Small Town) for reasons such as having low crime rate, no traffic, and a strong sense of community.
  • Local businesses have stepped up to make their essential services safe for customers. In response, our community is showing immense support for the small businesses that are taking a hit because of the coronavirus. Click here to see what fairfield community member Hannah Layne Nichols has created to raise over $5,000 for local businesses.

Self Care: Stress management for a stressful time

Maharishi School Screenwriting project- online learning

Evelyn Chase Winer, Senior at Maharishi School

While everyone is staying safe at home, releasing built-up stress becomes even more crucial. Our students at Maharishi School have segments of meditation built into their online courses. I interviewed Maharishi School senior, Evelyn Chase Winer, about what her meditation means to her during the time of the coronavirus.

1) How is your meditation more important to you during times of high stress?
Evelyn: During more stressful times, I look forward to having time to sit down and relax. It definitely becomes more important and useful when I am stressed.
2) Have you noticed a change in your stress levels now that you are doing online learning?
Evelyn: I have become a lot less stressed. Being able to stay home all day, relax, not worry about travel, and be comfortable all day while still getting the same amount done is nice.
3) In general, how do you feel about your meditation practice?
Evelyn: I enjoy meditation, just closing my eyes when I’m constantly doing things lets me settle in and be fully aware of how my mind feels. When I don’t meditate for a long period of time, I notice that I can become anxious about simple things. Meditation is a great way for me to clear up my foggy mind and think more clearly.

Creative and Flexible Education

During this lockdown all students at Maharishi School are currently engaged in remote students doing projects online during coronavirus pandemiclearning. As this crises evolves we will continue to flex and respond to the needs of our students. We may be able to return to in class learning but, regardless, our focus will always be on the individual needs of the students. This is the advantage of being a small school where every child is known and every child is attended to.

What is our response to the coronavirus?

As a small school with a competent and compassionate staff, we can assure you that Maharishi School will reach across this digital divide to care for each student. We ask that you also share with us your thoughts, ideas, and concerns so we can collaborate for your child’s best interests and on-going educational experience. Our school updates parents on safety and what our school is doing to prevent an outbreak several times a week. Our administration is in constant contact with the local public health officials. Click here to read more about how the school is responding to the coronavirus.

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Feel Stressed? Add Meditation To Your Quarantine Routine

What if all of this is stressing you out???

With all of the news and social media overstimulating us, it’s normal to feel stressed. During this time we find ourselves searching for an inner state of calm. Sometimes we turn to forms of self care such as learning yoga, doing a face mask, organizing the house, or binge watching TV shows. While these things make us feel better on the outside, there’s a deeper

students meditate and release any feeling stress

level of stress that can be released. This can be achieved through the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

The nice thing about the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is that you can do it anywhere, at any time (even in the middle of a pandemic)! TM®  is a simple, natural technique that’s easily taught through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM® teacher. It’s not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle. To transcend, by definition, means to go beyond human limitations and to break boundaries.

Meditation + Online Learning

At Maharishi School, we teach you a technique to break boundaries and sink deep into yourself. Here, we believe that all parts of ourselves should be developed – the body, mind, heart, and consciousness, and, therefore, the practice of TM® is required for all students. Even our online learning day has time for meditation built into it!

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FAQ: What Domestic Boarding Families Need to Know

What are the questions domestic boarding students and their families have?

boarding school Dorms Exterior

Maharishi School is more than a place to sleep and study, which is why we have many activities for our students to get involved. Our students gain knowledge at our farm-to-table dining table, in the meditation hall,  and regional field trips, weekend social events like bowling. We also have an eSports night, Iron Chef night, and other excursions designed for our boarding students. Learn more about student activities available beyond the classroom.

Looking for a quick overview of information about Maharishi School’s boarding program, here is your one-stop-shop for all the most commonly asked questions.

 

What is the tuition for a boarding student? $39,000
Can I apply for financial aid?Yes, over 75% percent of students receive financial aid. Click here to find out more.
Is there a payment plan?Yes. You will see that option after you go through the application process.
Do we have a college preparatory curriculum?Yes we have rigorous and dynamic college preparatory classes.
Do we have AP classes?We have 9 Advanced Placement Classes; AP Calculus, AP English Language Arts, AP English Literature, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP Computer Science
What are the extracurricular activities?At any time you can find students designing independent, creative projects, stepping into leadership roles, spearheading community initiatives, challenging themselves in athletics, performing arts or STEM competitions. To read about specific actives beyond the classroom click here.
Is your area safe?Yes,Fairfield is ranked #14 in Iowa’s Safest Cities.
Do you shut off the internet at night so students can’t game late?Yes, our boarders have “lights out” at 10:30pm every night and devices are collected by the dorm supervisor. Read “Day in the life of a boarding student” to find out more details on boarding life.
Where do your students go to college?Over 96% of our graduates (since the school has opened) have been accepted at accredited universities, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Wellesley, University of California at Berkeley.Plus regional and national public universities.
Is College Counseling available?We have an excellent college counselor who is also an alumni of our school, as well as a teacher, his name is Jason Walls jwalls@maharishischool.org
Can you help me understand TM better?Definitely, click here to get started with some basic information.
Is your school a religious school?We are a non-sectarian school.
Do you have counselors for students?Students can meet one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional on a confidential basis around a variety of issues and concerns, such as homesickness, depression, grief and loss, eating, sexuality/gender identity, and relationships. Counseling services are available every other Wednesday afternoon and are free for students.
Can you address students with special needs?We can accept students, on our ability to make the reasonable and necessary accommodations to serve their needs. Please let us know during the application process, what kind of accommodation, if any, your student requires.
My child was bullied. How do you address bullying?We have several procedures in place if bullying occurs in the school, starting with an investigation into the bullying. We actively use Restorative Justice procedures and positive discipline. You can read more about that here
My child is very advanced. Can you keep him challenged?We offer a range of courses in the Middle and Upper Schools that support ability and interest levels, allowing for students to take accelerated or Advanced Placement courses across all disciplines. We also provide enrichment and acceleration within classes. Because we have small class sizes, teachers can provide differentiation and individualized learning plans.

 

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Top 10 Tips for Creating a Balanced Teenager

What is a balanced teenager?

When we think about what we want for our children, it’s nothing less than the best whether that’s in school or quality of life outside of school. But when those teenage years come around it healthy teensalmost seems like our kids want the opposite of whatever we want for them, even when it’s for their benefit! This can be an extremely frustrating period for both the parents and the children. I believe it’s important to empathize with what teens are going through and this blog will give some helpful tips from Ayurvedic Health Coach Sankari Wegman. Ultimately you can’t protect your children from everything, and you shouldn’t try to! During the teenage years the best thing you can do is hold space for your teenager and be there when they need you.

 

The individuation process

Some may call it ‘teen angst’, but the scientific term is the individuation process. Carl Jung (a Swiss psychologist who founded analytic psychology) describes this process as;

 “Individuation is a process of psychological differentiation, having for its goal the development of the individual personality. In general, it is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated; in particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology.”

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then it’s very likely your child is going through the individuation process.

individuation process in teens

  • Has your teen been spending more time isolated in his/her room?
  • Has your teen dyed their hair or drastically changed their outward appearance/style?
  • Is your teen not opening up like they used to?

What’s going on in their brain?

As adults we think with our prefrontal cortex, the rational part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgement. Our prefrontal cortex also provides us with an awareness of teenagers brainconsequences in the long-term. However teens process information with the amygdala, the emotional part of the brain. As you can only imagine, when you’re acting purely out of raw emotion, there can be less “thinking” and more “feeling” types of behaviors. This is very normal because the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing and not always at the same rate! That rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so.

Top 10 tips for creating a balanced teenager

  1. Sleep: Create a regular sleep routine. As hard it might be to establish, going to bed before 10pm is ideal.
  2. Screens: Monitor use of computer/device screen time. Studies are showing screen time increases anxiety and focus.
  3. Volunteer: Encourage your teen to serve others. This will cultivate empathy and inspire your teen.
  4. Eating: Regular meals – no skipping allowed. Healthy, nutritious breakfast and a hot lunch.
  5. Yoga: Start the mind-body connection. Experience feeling good and connecting back to yourself. Once you see the progress, confidence increases. Yoga is great for cardiovascular health, click here to find out all the health benefits of yoga.
  6. Meditate: We recommend the Transcendental Meditation technique. It works like a charm!
  7. Avoid Caffeinated Beverages: Have your teen monitor their water intake (50ml per 100 pounds of body weight).
  8. Abhyanga: Encourage your teen to give themselves a daily massage before their shower. It’s a great way to purify any stresses out of their physiology. Click here to watch how to do this.
  9. Create a Vision Board: Get to know your child’s vision and passions by making a vision board. Parents can help their teen connect their actions with reaching their goals. If the parents make their own board, it can also help the teens make connections that help them relate to their parents.
  10. Consequences: Establish a set of rules or consequences that your teen needs to follow. This way if there is a misbehavior, your teen will know exactly what to expect in terms of disciplining from you and there won’t be any surprises.

maharishi school student doing yogateen exercising teens happy and being silly at winter formal

 

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My Sick Child: How much illness is too much?

My child is sick…..again!

I have a three year old boy and just when I think we are on the right track towards staying healthy, he gets sick again! As a parent this can be the most frustrating thing. Sick kids cause late nights and a grumpy parent who has to rush off to work in the morning. No one is happy in these scenarios. You may be starting to wonder, is there something wrong with my child? Does my child get sick too much? This blog will talk about specific symptoms and what you can do to help from home.

Does your child suffer from headaches and/or migraines?

Alumni Brea Hallen and son RyderBrea Hallen, mom of Ryder (7) and Ella (2) has been helping her son with his migraines for several years. Brea explains, “Ryder was about 5 years old when the migraines started. Every time he gets one they come on really fast. One minute he will be OK, then all of a sudden he’s holding his head in his hands and whimpering in pain.

After Ryder starts having these symptoms he is quickly nauseous and likely to vomit. After which he takes a long nap, then wakes up without any migraine symptoms.

Unfortunately Ryder is not alone,  10% of school-age children suffer from migrainesaccording to the Migraine Research Foundation. Even headaches are becoming more common in school age children. Headaches are often accompanied by stress, or emotional manifestations.

 

How can you help at home?

Headaches                                                   Migraines

Hot or cold compress on the templesHave your child’s vision checked
Lay down with head elevatedA single dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Head massage to bring blood flowCould be deficient in: B12, Magnesium
Essential oils (peppermint) on the templesBoth standard and needle-free acupuncture can be done on children
Rest in a dark roomStart a migraine journal and record each migraine to look for triggers/patterns
Start a food diary to eliminate food triggersInvestigate a possible head injury or concussion that went untreated
Sleep More sleep
WaterExtra water
Stress ManagementReduce stress

 

Colds, flus, fevers?

Do you ever feel like you wish there was some way to keep your child from getting sick? I know I have, however the nurses at Comanche County Memorial Hospital discuss how natural and

my sick child boy with fever

normal it is for children to get sick over and over in the earlier years of life. Could the illness actually be considered a good thing?

The CCMH website writes, “Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers get about seven to eight colds a year. During school age, they average five to six colds a year. Teenagers finally reach an adult level of four colds a year. In addition to colds, children get the lovely diarrhea illnesses, with or without vomiting, two to three times a year. Some children tend to get high fevers with most of their colds or they have a sensitive tummy and develop diarrhea with the cold symptoms.”

After children turn 6 months old their mom’s immunity, that they received in the womb, starts  my sick childnaturally fading to build their own immune system. Toddlers today can be exposed to viruses everywhere, no matter how much you sanitize. Developing immunity to these infections during childhood is actually a good thing! While staying home with your sick child is hard to deal with, parents at Maharishi School have another tool to help combat illness called Transcendental Meditation®.

How does Maharishi School combat illness?

At Maharishi School, we use Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique to provide students with a way to balance their own body, mind, and to promote optimal learning. Maharishi School wants to set our kids up with the best tools in order to succeed. We believe TM® is one of those tools. By offering our students a way to release stress we are combating inflammation in the body which A Maharishi School student practices Transcendental Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa. Photo credit Fotoveda.leads to illness. For example, a 2012 review of 163 studies that was published by the American Psychological Association concluded that TM® had relatively strong effects in reducing anxiety, negative emotions, trait anxiety and neuroticism while aiding learning, memory and self-realization.

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Maharishi School: Our Mission and Core Values

What is our mission at Maharishi School?

graduating Maharishi school with core values

Our mission is to create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment where students can think deeply and become creative, compassionate,  contributing citizens of the world. At Maharishi School, the foundation of our college preparatory program is optimal alertness. Our philosophy is that through knowledge of the self, comes knowledge of all subject matters. Through our unique program that is part theory, part practice, students learn to operate from a place of center. They learn how to imbue life with stillness, self-awareness, and presence. This lays the foundation for academic success and prepares students for all areas of life after High School. Our goal is to help our students be the best version of themselves—starting with knowing who they are. Through our strong core values we are able to accomplish this goal.

What are the core values at Maharishi School?

·         RESPECTIn our words and action, we treat others with the respect we want and expect.  core values respect
·         RESPONSIBILITYWe accept responsibility for our own thoughts, words, and actions. core values responsibility
·         SERVICEWe seek ways to serve others and to be good stewards of our environment.core values service
·         SOLUTIONSWhenever confronted by challenges or problems, we seek creative solutions. “Don’t agonize, organize.”  graduation students gain core values
·         TRANSCENDENCEOur daily practice of Transcendental Meditation builds depth in our thinking and provides the support of Natural Law to fulfill our goals, desires, and Core Values.maharishi school students meditating transcendence

Our mission and core values give us the Maharishi School edge:

 

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