Saturday, July 24, 2010

Who Can Moo? Animal Yoga for Children with Gaileee

"Who Says Moo?" by Ruth Young, Illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst.

Did Children's Animal Yoga with Grace with the "Who Says Moo?" book today.  We acted out the following animals:

  • Cow
  • Mouse
  • Bird
  • Hedgehog
  • Giraffe
  • Pig
  • Brown Bear
  • Chick
  • Duck
  • Camel
  • Horse
  • Turtle
  • Monkey
  • Snake
  • Zebra
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Rabbit
  • LadyBug
  • Fish
  • Polar Bear
  • Whale
  • Frog
  • Bat
There is a summary page at the end of the book, and you can ask questions like:  What animals fly?  What animals like the water?  What animals like the mud.  What creatures fly?  What creatures are green?  What animals can you ride?  What animals have green heads?  What creature is the largest?  What creature is the smallest?  What creatures are grey? 

Lots of opportunities to ask questions, do Animal Yoga and have lots of fun!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Yoga Story Time!

Over the Meadow by Jan Thornhill. Book about introducing young children to counting, to rhyming, and to animal babies.
About the book:
Description: Everyday objects become a magical world when Jan Thornhill brings her trademark ingenuity and stunning artwork to a well-loved 19th-century rhyme. A forest of broccoli, a beaver dam of pretzels, a dragonfly with paper-clip wings -- who would have thought twist-ties and garden gloves could be so delightful? Young readers learn about counting, rhyming, and nature as they pick out everyday objects from ingenious, digitally enhanced illustrations. Pages at the end of the book show the original elements used in the creation of the images, encouraging readers to go back and play "I spy." The lyrical, singsong cadence of Olive Wadsworth's classic rhyme makes this a perfect story for reading aloud.

Alphabestiary - Animal Poems from A to Z selected by Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Allan Eitzen. Kookaburra, Kaffier Cat, Piggy, Peacock, Panther, Umbrella Bird, Unicorn, and Ha....Hyleborus and Xiphias Gladius ( a kind of a swordfish) Now wouldn't that be interesting mini yogini yoga poses??? Letter Z is Zemmi, Zebu and of course Zebra.

From the Book Jacket:  Make friends with the firefly, frog, and fish. Greet the grasshopper, ground hog, and gazelle. Welcome the warbler, water beetle, and wasp. All manner of animals-from A to Z-are happily heralded in this engaging collection of poems for children selected by award-winning author Jane Yolen. Bold and playful illustrations by artist Allan Eitzen capture the essence of each poem that portrays the beauty, peculiarity, or humor of creatures great and small.

Who Says Moo? By Ruth Young, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst. Another one geared toward the little ones. Lovely artwork and questions like...Who runs fast (horse) Who goes slow? (turtle), Who can hold on by her toe? (monkey or gorilla...?)

Book Review Says: A rhyming book about the animal kingdom, children can match sounds and clues to pictures of all kinds of creatures, great and small. The text is designed to ask questions about differences in the appearance and characteristics of animals and the noises they make.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. This one would be a short one, but has lovely illustrations and lots of little forest animal creatures. Bear is going to the swimming hole, but first he must find his friends.

Summary: Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends! Who is it? There's a clatter in the tree and a scamper through the woods. Who is making all that noise? "WHO??" calls Bear. "Who is it, I say?" But no one responds.
Young readers will share Bear and his friends' surprise and delight when the mysterious stranger finally emerges -- and a new FRIENDSHIP begins!

These are going to be great story time yoga kiddos books!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Noah's Ark ABC Yoga for Children by Gaileee

This past week at Vacation Bible School, I did Noah's Ark ABC Yoga for Children.
For the Pre-Kindergarten group, I read and had the children demonstrate the animals from
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See" book, Bill Martin, Jr (the author) and Eric Carle (the illustrator) of this book.  

This was a book suggested and class demonstrated by Shana Meyerson, of the "mini yogis" Teacher Training, that I took back in May.  It worked out very well.  I'm glad I had lots of assistants though, as over 12 kiddos is hard to manage.

For the older groups of children (Kinder and 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders), I did the Galactic Blast VBS Bible verse, but before we blasted off into our rocket ship, we had to gather the Earth's animals onto the ship, just like in the olden times with Noah and the ark.  

We did yoga poses for the 26 different ABC animals.  Ever try to do a pose for an armadillo?

Or  for a Vicuna?  (Cousin of the Llama.)

Kiddos had a great time, hope to get some photos to share later on of the event.  Again, glad to have lots of assistants.  We when finished our pose, it was criss cross applesause, back to our yoga mat!