Yoga Storytime – Summer Week #1

23 Jun

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My storytimes for the summer officially started yesterday and we have so many people on our waiting list, I’ll be doing my Yoga Storytime back-to-back.  The room we use for our program isn’t very large, so we decided to smaller classes would be the best way to handle the class.

This first week was a little crazy as people were getting used to the program, we had a few little ones who were very unhappy, making it difficult to read over their crying, but the kids that were interested in the yoga and the books did a great job!  The kids loved both Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? and The Wheels on the Race Car (singing along with the latter).  I waited on the wordless picture book until the end and I wish I would have done it in the middle, because the kids were getting antsy by the end.  But, overall for the first stoytime of the summer, it went pretty well!

Warm-up: Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog

ASL Sign: Yoga (fingerspell each letter)

Early Literacy Tip: Books with few or no words are great ways to encourage your child’s vocabulary!  Read the story together a couple of times so you don’t miss anything!

Book 1: Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? by Stella Blackstone

Sun Salutations: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk toward Hands. (Repeat 3x)

Wiggles:Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Far, far, far, we’re going to the stars (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship
Far, far, far, we’re going to the stars
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Fun, fun, fun we’re going to the sun. (2x)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship
Fun, fun, fun we’re going to the sun
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Book 2: The Wheels on the Race Car by Alexander Zane

Transition: Calming Poses (Child’s pose, Ragdoll, Sitting Twist, Sandwich, Geyser)*
*Taken from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Posese, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Book 3: The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

Cool Down: Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Starfish Pose/Deep Breaths (with Beanie Babies)
“When Juniper Sleeps” by Séamus Egan ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: Celtic Dreamland

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