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Partnering with Girl Scouts

5 Dec

1200px-Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA.svgLast night I got to hang out with some awesome seven and eight year old Girl Scouts to work on a yoga badge. I offered storytime yoga for a number of years as a children’s librarian and the troop leaders asked if I could help them out.

 

I wanted to focus on empowerment and body image and strength (all things that coincide with yoga really nicely). So here’s what we did:

Sun Salutations

 

Read aloud: One by Kathryn Otoshi

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Discussed the story and talked about what makes us feel strong and what we’re good at doing and being.

Strength Poses:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Warrior III
  • Mountain Pose
  • (repeat for balance)

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Read aloud: Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

 

Discussed what we like most about ourselves and what makes us awesome

Relaxation Poses:

  • Bridge
  • Happy Baby
  • Pull Right/Left Knee to Chest
  • Deep Breathing with quiet music

 

Although the kids had a TON of energy, I hope they got a little something out of fun program – about what it takes to strong, kind and classy woman!

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Girl Scout Visit – Yoga

2 Mar


I had a visit from a Girl Scout troop this week and was requested to provide a short yoga/book program for the girls. I was well-prepared and created an entire lesson plan the week before, but about an hour before the girls came, I switched everything up and I’m so glad I did!

Here’s what we did:

First, I talked with the girls about yoga and asked them to share what they already knew. This helps me better understand the group and it gives the girls a chance to talk with me instead of just having me lecture them.

What Is Yoga?

  • Originated in Ancient India
  • Longest surviving practices of holistic health care
  • Came to America in the late 1800s
  • Practiced worldwide by all cultures and religions
  • Translated from Sanskrit means “to unite”
  • Connecting the whole self – body, mind and spirit

Benefits of Yoga

  • Healthy body – stretching, improves digestion, increase circulation, motor development, relaxes the body
  • Healthy Mind – reduces stress, expands imagination, calms and clears the mind, increases concentration, and relives tension

Caution – If it hurts, stop doing it!

After our conversation, we started working on breathing. I stressed that yoga is useful for when you feel stressed or have too many thoughts in your brain or if you body wants to keep moving , but you have to be still or if you’re really angry – you can use yoga to calm yourself down.

We started with a few breathing exercises from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn.

  • Conductor Breath
  • Bumblebee Bee Breath
  • Lion’s Breath

Then I read, You Are a Lion and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo and we practiced each pose as we came to it in the book, guessing what animal it would be.

After our story we did a few sun salutations – the girls were really receptive to breathing at the right times and really trying their best, especially when we got to the plank pose and had to engage our core muscles.

Then we settled down and I read, I Am Yoga by Susan Verde – a beautiful story with a female protagonist as she learns how to use yoga to improve her imagination and understand where she fits in.

Then we used Emily Arrow’s song based on I Am Yoga and went back through the story and did all the poses with the pictures. The girls loved the balancing poses the best and did such a great job!

Finally, we did a few calming poses and a gratitude meditation from the same book, Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn.

The girls did a great job and I think they had a lot of fun and many of the parents were very thankful as well and thought that yoga is a missed opportunity in the school system. I think teaching kids to be able to identify their feelings and mediate those feelings are two concepts that are needed more than ever as kids are feeling a lot of pressure from their parents, peers and themselves. Maybe meditation and yoga could help!

Scouts and Libraries

15 Nov

7745377I’m not exactly sure what happened, but we had three different scout troops visit the library this weekend and I must say – we should be reaching out to these groups more often!  On Monday, a group of 2nd grade Brownies came in, on Thursday – a group of 4th grade Brownies and a separate group of Boy Scouts came in and it was great!

For both groups of Brownies, we read a few stories, took a library tour, spent time crafting and of course had a snack!  I shared Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and Suzy Lee with the 2nd graders and they really enjoyed seeing the format of the book – something they had never seen before.  Then I also read The Library Gingerbread Man by Dottie Enderle and Colleen M. Madden.  This is a great way to introduce the Dewey Decimal System to younger children with the repeating stanza, “Run, run as fast you can!  You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man”  The girls had a great time reciting these lines with me as the story progressed.  Our library pet turtle is a huge attraction during library tours and the girls got a chance to watch her being fed (which is always a highlight!) and were excited about seeing things in the library they didn’t know about such as the Playaways.  Afterward, we designed scratch art bookmarks that the girls could take home with a snack of lemonade and goldfish.

The 4th graders had a similar program, but I swapped out the two stories for the book, The Library Pages by Carlene Morton and Valeria Docampo.  We had a similar tour and snack , but the older girls created their own shrinky dink artwork and were so excited to watch it shrink in the toaster oven.

The Boy Scout troop did not come in for a specific library-focused program, rather they came to a program we were hosting with an astronomy group.  I’m so glad the troop leader thought to call us about this opportunity and gave us the information before the night of the program.  They seemed to enjoy the program and I’m beginning to think about other ways in which we can support the local troops in the area.  Library orientation programs tend to be easy to put together and I’d love to see more kids coming into the library and feeling more comfortable about finding books, asking questions, and checking books out.  This is definitely something to think about…

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