Yoga Storytime – Summer Week #5

22 Jul


The kids didn’t really get The Day the Crayons Quit but they still had fun yelling out the colors and the drawings on each page.  This book is very much geared toward an older (elementary school age) audience.  They really had a lot of fun with Foxy and kept giggling when Foxy tried to help the little girl get ready for school.  And the kids definitely understood Hugs from Pearl and tried to figure out ways to help Pearl give safe hugs.  The kids also did a great job with the strengthening poses and tried really hard to do the correctly and hold them for a few seconds longer than usual.  Overall, the storytime went very well!

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

ASL Sign: Yoga (fingerspell each letter)

 Early Literacy Tip: One of the best early literacy tips I can give you is to read yourself and make sure your child sees you!  Children look to the adults in their life for guidance, show them how much you value reading!13120172

Book 1: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

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!11082250

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: Foxy by Emma Dodd

Transition: Strengthen (Chair, Star, Shark, Half Moon, Mermaid)*
*Taken from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

Book 3: Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid

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


3 Responses to “Yoga Storytime – Summer Week #5”

  1. mandymarie20 July 22, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    I’ve had trouble using ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ too. I know it’s clever and well done and librarians love it, but often the situation has to be perfect for kids to enjoy it. I’ve found it usually it works better with older elementary school age non-rowdy kids. With all groups I’ve used the book with, I still have to explain what is going on. I’ve also found students become more invested in the story when I ask them to listen to each crayon’s issues and when I’ve finished the story, we discuss each crayon’s plea and vote on which one deserves the day off. When students are invested in a particular crayon, it seems like they pay more attention and are more eager to be immersed in the story.

    • literacious July 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

      That’s a great way to handle it! Sometimes, I think, picture books are written more for adults… which make them fun to read, but hard to get kids to understand!

      • mandymarie20 July 23, 2015 at 3:09 am #

        I had a fun time using ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ this past fall using the method I described. I used it in November in conjunction with election day. My students loved it! I die-cut crayons in each of the 12 colors and had voting boxes where the students could place the die-cut crayon they wanted to win. We tabulated grade winners and an entire school winner. No surprise – peach was the winner in every grade and the school winner (They thought it was funny since it was ‘nude’). I read this to preschool through sixth graders, and they all loved the peach page best and laughed really hard when I read it. Since there was no writing or folding of the crayon die-cuts, I t gave them away in the Bookmark box after the election. They went like hot cakes!

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