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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Yoga

28 Apr

569757-child-medidating-pixabay.jpgProgram Name: Stretch & Stories

What: We’ve offered a number of yoga storytimes at our library and we have a number of families that really enjoy them. During this program I try to encourage a lot of participation, not just from the kids, but also from the adults whether it’s helping the children in the pose or actually participating themselves. I also like to point out the benefits of yoga for children – it’s a physical activity that is also helpful in regulating emotions and expressing oneself.

Where: Depending on the size of your class you can use a small or large meeting space. I’ve done this program with both size rooms and a smaller room can get a little tight when everyone has a yoga mat or towel, but having too much space encourages kids to run amok!

When: We like to offer yoga storytime during the winter when kids need to move around, but can’t necessarily get outside to play as often. But again, this can be offered at any time – if you’ve got outdoor space, try yoga outside on a sunny day!

Who: This program is usually geared toward preschool age kids – who really do an amazing job, but I’ve adapted it for kids through 8th grade and it is often well received.

How: I’ve written a number of posts about our yoga storytime including a post on how to get started and a number of program plans that you are welcome to use, adapt, borrow and steal!

Alternatives:

  • We’ve also paired with our local Community Center to offer a yoga class for adults as well as a chair yoga class for seniors.
  • We love trying new programs for our early literacy age kids – Parachute storytime, STEM storytime, Art Exploration and Dance Parties. Our families love our traditional storytimes, but also enjoy our other programs as well!

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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#blogbookaday: Yoga Bunny

5 Mar

26827413Summary:  “Even bunnies do yoga!

It’s a perfect day for yoga, and Bunny is practicing his poses and wishes his friends would do yoga with him! But Lizard is too tired, Fox is in a rush, and Bird has the hiccups. Will Bunny ever be able to get his friends to slow down and realize that yoga just might be the solution to their problems?

Akin to I Am Yoga by Susan Verde, Yoga Bunny helps readers relax and unwind as they learn beginning yoga poses, from downward dog to tree pose. Debut author-illustrator Brian Russo shows readers just how relaxing yoga can be.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Bunny wants to share his yoga poses with his friends but they’re too buys and have no interest in slowing down to share yoga poses with Bunny. It takes only one friend to try something new, until finally everyone joins in! The illustrations are absolutely adorable – simple pencil outlines and watercolors that make me want to cuddle all of these little animals with great big hugs!

Personal Reaction: I’ve been doing a yoga storytime the little ones in my library and I’m always looking for titles that incorporate a cute story with yoga poses that kids can do while you read the story aloud. I’ll definitely be adding this story to my list of yoga books!

Title: Yoga Bunny
Author: Brian Russo
Illustrator: Brian Russo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication Date: December 6, 2016


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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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