Monthly Archives: February 2018

“The World Shines for You” yoga storytime

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

Song: “The Sun Dance” – Bari Koral

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 – The World Shines for You by Jeffrey Burton and Don Clark
Tree – vrksasana
Forest of trees – group tree pose
Leaves – seated twists, like blowing leaves around
Clouds – sukhasana/easy seated pose/crisscross applesauce with belly breaths
sky – warrior III/ virabhadrasana III
snowflakes – uttanasana/forward fold
seed in ground – child’s pose/balasana
flowers – flower pose
lights in the city- extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
lights in the country – warrior I/virbhadrasana I like the llama in the picture
stars – 5-pointed star
world shines for you – hand to heart

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “This Little Light

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

Namaste!

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“Bringing in the New Year” Story Explorers book club

We talked about how we celebrate NYE in the states, staying up until midnight, watching a ball drop. We talked about New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31/Jan 1st here. I told them that in China and other Asian countries they celebrate New Year’s differently.

Read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin.

We practiced fine motor skills using kid-friendly chopsticks to sort pompom balls like this post from Living Montessori Now.

We talked about symmetry and made dragons like this post from Not So SAHM.

We made Fu signs (good luck) like this post from To the Lesson.

Gong xi ni!

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“Forests” little ones event

For February, we went to the forest. We did this event at the library on a Tuesday morning and a Saturday morning and at an outreach event on a Thursday morning.

We purchased these river stones from a generous grant from the CO State Library. I asked the kids to make a bridge to get across the river.
 

We made tree bark rubbings.

We wrapped yarn around pine cones like this post from Rainy Day Mum.

We made toothpick porcupines like this post from First Grade Wow.

I love that this girl’s porcupine was Picasso-inspired.

 

We made edible bear dens like this post from Pre-K Pages.
 

This boy put an addition on to his bear den.

A talented coworker cut out sponges to make stamps for kids to make animal prints like this post from Green Kid Crafts.

 

A library employee before my time made this animal print matching game.
 

 

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“The Day It Rained Hearts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.

We talked about how personalized Cornelia Augusta made all of her Valentines.

We traced our arms and used heart cookies cutters for leaves to make Trees of Love. The link to the blog where I got this is broken so I just used the picture on pinterest as a template.

 

I love how this boy colored grass at the bottom of his tree.

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This boy’s mom helped him write his name.

This girl loved the marker on her hand from her mother tracing it.

We made lovebugs like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

Then I set out supplies and gave the kids free reign to make whatever type of Valentine they would like. I love how much the parents loved this one too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“Stack the Cats” Story Explorers preschool book club

I love the illustrations in this book!

Read Stack the Cats by Susie Gharemani.

We stacked with blocks. 

We stacked monkeys and other animals.

This boy stacked and organized the monkeys into piles based on shape, not just color.

I really wanted to actually stack the cats, but these blocks were very expensive. I had a volunteer cut out paper cats so the kids could “stack” them on paper.

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