Archive for November, 2011

Review & Giveaway: “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga®

Looking for a fun new book to use in your kids yoga or kids movement classes? Or a great book with simple predictable text and repeated lines to use in your reading program or speech-language therapy sessions? Then march on over to check out “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga®!

This My First Yoga® book leads children on an interactive adventure through the jungle in search of a monkey. Child friendly vocabulary and vibrant illustrations provide a series of easy to follow yoga poses that bring this Jungle Story into motion! Learn to become a hissing snake, a hiding turtle, a roaring lion, a balancing flamingo, a strong elephant & a tall giraffe as you search on a hike through a jungle for the monkey.

Here is why I LOVE this book:

  • The clear 3-step directions for each animal pose are included on that page in the story.
  • The vibrant color pose pictures really stand out against the distraction free white background. This will help kids with special needs (ADHD, Autism, Visual Impairment, etc…) and young children be able to attend to the important information in each picture.
  • I love the sitting down version of “marching”. This is an adaptation that will help kids with special needs or younger children who may not have the balance or coordination to do a standing “hiking-in-place” motion. For older kids or those that would enjoy more of a challenge, you could start out with the sitting “march” and work your way to a standing “hiking-in-place” motion or even a Brain Gym “Cross Crawl Hike”.
  • Great opportunities to answer the “yes/no” question, “Is this a monkey? No, this is a ________” throughout the book as you find each animal along the way. I made a picture card of the monkey to hold up so the kids I work with could see the picture in the book compared to the picture of the monkey.
  • Great use of repeated lines “Is this a monkey”and “March March March”.  Repeated lines in stories are a great way to promote emergent literacy skills & to provide opportunities for children to participate by “reading” part of the story (either verbally or through the use of a voice output communication aide like a BigMack).  Here is a link to an article about using “Repetitive Books:  An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech” by Michelle Solomon, M.A., CCC-SLP and Lavinia Pereira, M.A., CCC-SLP (http://tinyurl.com/88ltzo4). PDF version: Repetitive Books – An Effective Therapeutic Strategy for Children Diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech
  • Cool opportunities for sequencing and repeated vocabulary exposure as each animal is added to the “March March March” page as they are found along the way.

Here is a “sneek peek” inside the book:

Here is a fun printable My First Yoga® lion coloring page. Click on the picture to open a 1-page printable PDF:

Available for purchase in Paperback & Kindle Edition on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Jungle-Story-Abbie-Davies/dp/0982655916/ref=tmm_pap_title_0.

Also available in Paperback & Nook Book on Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Jungle-Story/Abbie-Davies/e/9780982655917?r=1&cm_mmc=Google%20Product%20Search-_-Q000000630-_-Jungle%20Story-_-9780982655917

My First Yoga website: http://www.myfirstyoga.com/  and Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/myfirstyoga

Additional fun things to go with a “Jungle” theme:

Looking for some great “jungle” music to go with the theme?

Music And Instructions For Jungle & Zoo Yoga Adventures by Helen Purperhart (instrumental music): http://www.amazon.com/Music-Instructions-Jungle-Yoga-Adventures/dp/B003YBLTL6

And what kids yoga class would be complete without a craft or coloring?

Lion mask: http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/lionmask.html; http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/lionmask.pdf

Monkey mask: http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/monkeymask.html; http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/monkeymask.pdf

Elephant mask: http://www.animaljr.com/printable-animal-masks-elephant-mask/

Turtle paper craft: http://www.denisefleming.com/pages/activitiesb/timetosleepturtle.html; http://www.denisefleming.com/pages/activitiesbpdfs/timetosleepturtle.pdf

Snake bracelet printable: http://daniellesplace.com/imagesA/snakebracletpat.gif or make a paper plate snake: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf676654.tip.html

Giraffe paper bag puppet: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/TCR/1557342504_48-49.pdf

Flamingo learning activity ideas: http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2011/11/ff-flamingos-preschool-style.html

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this book to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

How to enter the “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga® giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  2. For one additional entry, enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with (posts must be in English; 1 entry per Facebook account).

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2011.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway 🙂
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC or My First Yoga are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on December 4, 2011.
  • Each winner will get one (1) copy of the paperback book “Jungle Story” by My First Yoga.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s mailing address will be obtained via e-mail and will be forwarded to My First Yoga.
  • My First Yoga will be shipping the book directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $12.95.

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids yoga book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing your information to OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for our internal purposes in relation to the administration of the giveaway. Your information will NOT be sold to any outside parties.

Indemnification/Hold Harmless: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the decisions of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC and its respective representatives and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in and/or entry into the Contest or any Contest-related activity and for acceptance, delivery, or use of any prize; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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12 Free Kids Yoga E-Books in PDF format I found on Lulu.com

Did you know that there are great free items in PDF format on Lulu.com?

Here is a link to a list of 12 Free Kids Yoga E-Books in PDF format I found on Lulu.com on 11/28/11…..

12 Free Kids Yoga E-Books in PDF format I found on Lulu.com on 11-28-11 (1 page PDF with link to each e-book & brief description)

Here are some tips if you have any problems opening the PDF’s:
1. Do you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer? Are you able to open other PDF’s? Here is a link to where you can download Adobe Reader if needed (http://get.adobe.com/…reader/otherversions/).
2. Some of the PDF’s are large files so they take awhile to download & open.
3. If you have not ever been on Lulu.com you may need to “register” (which is free): https://www.lulu.com/register.php.
Hope this helps 🙂

 

I love sharing “freebies” that I find! Have you found any great free kids yoga stuff? Post details in a comment below 🙂

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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Printable Visual Supports for Kids Yoga

Looking for Printable Visual Supports for Kids Yoga?

Several folks have sent e-mails requesting printable versions of some of the visual supports I have made to use in OMazing Kids Yoga so I have uploaded several to this blog in PDF format:

 

I used a combination of Boardmaker, MS Word, MS Paint, Google Images and the “snipping tool” in Windows 7 to make these visual supports. Boardmaker is a software program commonly used by Special Education teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists and other therapists to make communication boards, educational materials & visual supports for kids with special needs. Mayer Johnson offers a 30-day free trial of the program (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/downloads/trials/) and free online trainings on how to use it (http://www.mayer-johnson.com/training/recorded/details/id/2189/).

 

I would LOVE to see examples of visual supports that other folks have made & use in yoga groups with kids and teens! Feel free to post them here on my blog, on my Facebook page or send them to me via e-mail so I can share them 🙂 

 

The “4 B’s of Self Control” is a wonderful support created by Barbara Gini at BodyLogique in collaboration with Lisa Auerbach Baum, OT & owner of KidsPlayWork – Pediatric Occupational TherapyHere is the PDF version I shared at my presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference: 4 B’s of Self Control – A 4-step method for relaxing tension, refocusing & calming.

Together we can create supports that kids with different learning styles or disabilities will need in order to be successfully included in yoga groups….. inclusion of ALL kids should be our goal 🙂   (as you can tell, this is an area that I am passionate about!)

 

For more details about the importance of using visual supports to be inclusive of different learning styles, see my blog post: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/using-visual-supports-in-yoga-groups-for-kids-teens-being-inclusive-of-learning-styles/

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-mail: amoorad1@juno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

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OMazing Kids Yoga – Therapeutic Yoga For Kids and Teens with Autism (handouts & links for presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference 11-19-11)

Here are links to my presentation & handouts for “OMazing Kids Yoga – Therapeutic Yoga For Kids and Teens with Autism” at the Oklahoma Autism Conference 11-19-11 –

About 60-65 folks (parents, teachers, OT’s, SLP’s, PT’s, psychologists, behavior therapists, music therapist, etc.) attended my presentation at the Oklahoma Autism Conference! It was SO fun to share my passion for kids yoga and give away all the great products 🙂

 Need visual supports for yoga groups? Here are a few to try out: yoga breathing visual support (flower and candle), Social Story “Good Behavior in Yoga Group” with picture symbols, Peace Tree – guided visualization.

Want a few quick facts about the attendees & door prizes?  conference attendee & door prize quick facts & map (1 page PDF)

Special “thanks” to the following 35 companies that donated a total of 163 kids yoga & relaxation products with a total retail value of over $2,500 that were given away as door prizes to folks who attended my presentation:

ABC’s of Yoga for Kids – http://www.abcyogaforkids.com/

Addriya™ – http://addriya.com/

Adventures of Super Stretch™ – http://www.adventuresofsuperstretch.com/

Alma Yoga (Alma Largey) – http://www.almayoga.com/

Asana Alphabet – http://www.asanaalphabet.com/

BodyLogique Adaptive Movement Education® –  http://www.bodylogique.com/

Budding Yogis  –  http://www.buddingyogis.com/

Color Me Yoga – http://www.colormeyoga.com/

Elahi Yoga  –  http://elahiyoga.com/

GreenTREE Yoga® – http://greentreeyoga.org/

Grounded Yoga – http://gogrounded.com/

Karma Kids Yoga – http://www.karmakidsyoga.com/

Kidding Around Yoga – http://kiddingaroundyoga.com/

Little Lotus Kids Yoga Cards – http://www.littlelotuskidsyoga.com/

Mosabee™ Your Yoga Routine – Eco Friendly Yoga Mat – http://www.mosabee.com/

Move With Me™ Action Adventures   –   http://www.move-with-me.com/

Musical Yoga Adventures – http://www.musicalyogaadventures.com/

My First Yoga™ – http://www.myfirstyoga.com/

Namaste Kid   –   http://www.namastekid.com/

Next Generation Yoga®  –  http://www.nextgenerationyoga.com/

Playful Planet™  –  http://www.playfulplanet.com/

Radiant Child® Yoga –  http://www.childrensyoga.com/

Shanti Generation  – http://www.shantigeneration.com/

S.T.O.P. and Relax©   –   http://stopandrelax.net/

Storytime Yoga™ – http://www.storytimeyoga.com/

Stress Free Kids® – http://www.stressfreekids.com/

Super Duper® Publications – http://www.superduperinc.com/

Yoga 4 Classrooms™  – http://www.yoga4classrooms.com/

YogaBuddies™ – http://www.yogabuddies.com/

Yoga Calm For Children –  http://www.yogacalm.org/

Yoga In My School – http://yogainmyschool.com/

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child –  http://yogatherapy4children.com/

Yoga -Yingo®- http://www.yoga-yingo.com/

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®  –  http://www.yoginos.com/

Young Yoga Masters – http://www.youngyogamasters.com/

If you want details about what each company donated & links to where to purchase those items, see the individual “thank you” posts I did on the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page each day in the week leading up to the conference: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga

I was glad I had taken the time to read/watch/review all the products before giving them away (I watched the last DVD as I was getting ready that morning!). This allowed me to give each participant a couple of items to best fit their needs based on age of the kids, their role, the setting, etc…. 🙂

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

Product Review: Little Lotus Kids Yoga Cards

Looking for some unique cards to use in kids yoga? Then check out the fun new Little Lotus Kids Yoga Cards 🙂

The Little Lotus Kids Yoga Card deck has 55 cards (39 illustrated yoga pose cards & 16 yoga game/partner pose cards with simple instructions and fun ideas in imagination “bubbles” on the back of each card) on 4 x 6 card stock with rounded corners packed full of fun!

Written by Tracy Johnson, RYT 200, yoga teacher at Yoga in the Valley & beautifully illustrated by artist Brenda Olson.

Here is a sneek peek at just a few of the cards….

I love the imagination idea bubbles on the back of each card! Here are a few of my faves: “Imagine the sun rising and filling you with energy”, “Imagine you are the moon looking down on the beautiful earth and smile!” & “Imagine you a baby bunny safe & warm in its rabbit hole”.

The “Gift Balloon” card encourages kids to think about someone in need and leads them through a guided imagery of gently breathing to fill a balloon up with all the things that person needs and it floating to that person.

Kids always love “Happy Baby” or “Sleeping Bug” pose. Multiply that fun by doing a group “Silly Centipedes” pose 🙂

Looking for a fun way to work on social skills or teamwork? The deck includes several cards (Teamwork, Silly Story, Sharing Circle, Musical Mats, Hum Circle, Ha Ha How Are You?, Siddhi Says, etc.) that would be fun to use in your groups 🙂

Looking for fun ways to work on vocabulary, expressive language & imaginative play? The deck includes fun cards (ABC Yoga, Animal Yoga – creating a story adventure, Picture Safari, The First Yogi, Floating on a Cloud, Eagle Eagle, etc.) that are a blast!

What makes these cards especially appealing and unique is the fun & quirky illustrations! They would appeal to young kids and even older tweens/teens and could inspire them to draw illustrations of their own as they invent their own yoga poses.

The only slight downside to the deck was the packaging. The clear plastic box is not very sturdy and may not stand up over time.

DisclaimerI received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.

   Available for purchase on the following websites (price: $19.95 – as of this post date)

Little Lotus Yoga Cards website: http://www.shop.littlelotuskidsyoga.com/

Brenda Olson artist’s website: http://www.brendaolsonart.com/product/kids-yoga-deck-cards

Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Little-Lotus-Kids-Yoga-Cards/dp/0615555101/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321116461&sr=8-1  

   Websites & Facebook pages –

Little Lotus Yoga Cards: http://www.littlelotuskidsyoga.com/http://www.facebook.com/littlelotuskids

Brenda Olson, artist: http://www.brendaolsonart.com/http://www.facebook.com/brendaolsonartstudiohttp://www.grey-duck.com/,  http://www.wholesalecrafts.com (Artist #22947   Visitor Password:  joy)

    

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad1
Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com

Updated: Yoga for Kids and Teens in Oklahoma – Resource List

Click here for the UPDATED resource list (PDF): Yoga for Kids and Teens in Oklahoma – Resource List

I compiled this resource list of folks offering yoga classes/groups for kids & teens in Oklahoma based on what I could find online & through e-mail and Facebook correspondence. It is a work in progress so please let me know if you would like information added, removed or updated.  If I have overlooked someone who is doing yoga with kids and/or teens please let me know so I can get them added to the list.

Just in case you are wondering why I put together this resource list…..

1. We have kids & teens who benefit from yoga in my OMazing Kids Yoga groups at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Kids come to the center from all over the state and I have been looking for places to refer families to when their child discharges from the JD McCarty Center.

2. It will be nice to be able to network and collaborate with other folks doing yoga for kids & teens here in Oklahoma.

Thanks for all the OMazing things you each do for kids & teens in Oklahoma!

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist
Founder of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC – inclusive yoga for kids & teens of all abilities in Norman, Oklahoma
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
E-mail: amoorad1@juno.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/amoorad

Blog: https://omazingkidsyoga.wordpress.com