“Once Upon Another Time” yoga storytime

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Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Once Upon Another Time by Charles Ghigna and Matt Forest Esenwine and illustrated by Andrés F. Landazábal
– Once upon – tadasana/mountain pose
– rivers rushed/rainbows – Adho mukha savasana/ downward facing dog (rainbow)
– flocks of sparrows – robin’s breath  
– valleys lush – Tree/vrksasana
– drones or airplanes – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
– before we harnessed – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
– earth and moon and stars – five pointed star pose 
– leave behind the phones and screens – balloon breath
– feel the wind – mountain pose with cactus arms
– wondrous dance – dancer/natarajasana
– listen to the bees – bee breath

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- This Little Light of Mine”

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

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Doctor Pete “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our third guest speaker was Doctor Pete.

Dr. Pete lives in Windsor, CO in our library district but works as an emergency room physician in Nebraska. We read Next Please! by Christopher Inns. 

We made stethoscopes like this post. I skipped the beads and used ribbon instead of pipe cleaners. I also used mirror paper for the diaphragm of the stethoscope. 

We made doctor bags like this post from Spell Out Loud. 

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“You Might Find Yourself” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them a straw, some pompoms, and 2 party favor size containers of Playdoh. 

We read You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith.

We made playdoh mazes like the inside cover of the book. Then we used our straws to blow the pompoms through. I then told the kids they could make a place they’d like to go to with their playdoh, but no one was really into that.

Sometimes you need to stand on your playdoh to get it really flat.

  

 

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“Who am I?” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them a 12 inch hand made out of black construction paper, a piece of green construction paper for lily pads, a toy frog, and another randomly chosen color of construction paper. 

We read Who am I? by Tim Flach.

We compared the size of our hands to the size of gorilla hands like this post from Preschool Steam.

I also bought plastic jumping frogs and had the kids cut out lily pads to try to jump their frogs onto.  

  

 

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“Sootypaws” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them 5 red pipe cleaners, a green pipe cleaner, and a toy mouse. 

We read Sootypaws by Maggie Rudy.

Miss Andrea brought out Little Tabitha the hairless dumbo rat to join for the story. 

We made apple carriages like this pumpkin post from Factory Direct Craft and placed our pet mice in them. The mice were cat toys

I then asked the kids to find wheels for their carriages. 

 

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Teacher Miss Michelle “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our second guest speaker was Miss Michelle.

Miss Michelle is a preschool teacher at Grandview Elementary School in Windsor. We couldn’t take a lot of photos because she has kids with special rights in her classroom. She read Teachers Rock by Todd Parr. 

Then we made apples for our teachers that we could practice threading through like this post from Preschool Inspirations

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“Woodpecker Girl” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them white cardstock and a set of watercolor paint. 

We read Woodpecker Girl by Chingyen-Liu and I-Tsun Chinag.

We tried to paint with a brush on our heads like the girl in the story, who has cerebral palsy. It is very hard.
    

Then we painted with our hands and brushes.

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A few days after this event, a mother who picked up the book and supplies, but couldn’t attend the event, sent me this: 
We loved reading Woodpecker Girl! G___, my 5 yr old, has apraxia and is developmentally delayed. This book helped my other boys think and discuss why he gets so frustrated and emotional sometimes. Isaac said he wished he could give Gerard his voice so he wouldn’t feel trapped in his mind anymore. 😭 The book was so good for so many reasons 💓

 

 

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Firefighter Rebecca “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our first guest speaker was Firefighter Rebecca with Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue.

Rebecca read them one of her favorite firetruck books, and then we made firefighter helmets like these from momstown. We also put out fires like this post from Sandbox Academy. I provided the paper plates, construction paper for the badge on the hats, the foam fire pieces, and one squirt bottle per family. The families provided their own glue, marker, and tub for water. 

    

 

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