Archive for March, 2013

2nd Blogiversary at OMazing Kids

2nd blogiversary

I just realized that today is my 2nd blogiversary! 

I started the OMazing Kids blog & Facebook page two years ago as a way to share info with 55 participants at a workshop I was scheduled to present at. I had no idea that it would grow into so much more! It was fun to see the OMazing Kids Facebook page pass the 3,200 mark today. I love networking and sharing ideas. My hope for this upcoming year of blogging and social media is that OMazing Kids will continue to grow as a community of folks who exchange ideas, connect & support each other in our work with kids.

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Feel free to ask a question, share ideas, share links for fun things, share your kids yoga Facebook page, blog posts, etc…. Anything related to kids yoga, kids wellness, education, special needs, etc. is fine. Feel free to post on the OMazing Kids Facebook page or send me a Facebook message and I’ll be glad to share it with the group. If you post logged in as your FB page, please give your name & if you post logged in as yourself, please “tag” or include the link to your kids yoga FB page if you have one. It will help folks get to know each other & build connections. It’s also one of the main ways I find new FB pages to “like” 🙂

The only things that I ask in return are that you post a comment on that brainstorming session thanking folks who took the time to share ideas, that you consider “liking” each other’s kids yoga Facebook pages & that you consider inviting a couple of friends to come join us on OMazing Kids.

Feel free to share ideas that you see on OMazing Kids. Thanks in advance for tagging my page or mentioning that the OMazing Kids blog, Facebook page or other social media sites were the source. I go to great lengths to share original sources, give credit and to help promote other pages…. so I would appreciate the kindness in return 🙂

Giveaway

Be watching for lots of fun reviews & giveaways over the next few months…. at last count I had about a dozen on the “to do” list. The JD McCarty Center, where I work full-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist, is a non-profit pediatric rehab hospital for kids ages 0-21 years with developmental disabilities. So budgets are always tight. Doing reviews & giveaways on my own time in the evenings & on weekends is the primary way I get kids yoga & wellness materials to use with our patients. Plus it’s a fun way to spread the word about great products and provides an opportunity for you to win great items to use with your kids!

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

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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Review & Giveaway: Nurture Cards – affirmation cards for children

Nurture Cards Giveaway

Product Description:  Nurture Cards – affirmation cards for children is a box of 40 positive affirmation cards designed with warm colorful drawings that children can relate to and will help them to create their own inner self belief, self love and learn positive self talk. Includes a card with suggestions for using the cards. The company is based in Sydney, Australia.

These cards made my heart smile as soon as I opened them! Here’s what I love about them:

  • includes a wide variety of feelings & situations that kids can relate to (forgiveness, thoughtfulness, anger, doing your best, manners, sharing, learning from mistakes, jealousy, truthfulness, being in nature, trying new things, helpfulness, kindness, gratefulness, creativity, having a love for learning, etc…)
  • the instruction card has some great suggestions. Roxanne’s passion for fostering loving & caring kids shines through!
  • beautiful hand drawn illustrations. The back of the cards has a lovely rainbow illustration.
  • nice 4″x6″ size with large bold font that is easy to read
  • sturdy storage box
  • I am passionate about including affirmations in my work. Often children, especially those with special needs, get the message that something is wrong or needs to be “fixed” in them. It is important that all children know that they are special, important and loved just for “being” and not because of something they “do”.

Here’s a “sneek peek” at four of my favorite cards:

 

Purchase on their website via Paypal: http://www.nurturecards.com.au/ ($20.00 + shipping will vary based on where you live. Paypal shows the currency converter & then their website shows the international shipping cost. For me the total would have been about $37.00)  or on Amazon ($32.00+ $4.99 shipping): http://www.amazon.com/Nurture-Cards-~-Affirmation-Children/dp/B00BP13H1C

Also connect with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NurtureCards

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Required Entry Method: Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention why these cards would be helpful to you (details will count in selecting the winners) (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per person).
  • Bonus Entry Option: Like both the Nurture Cards~ Affirmation cards for children  & the OMazing Kids Facebook pages (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did). Facebook fans of both pages are then entitled to the following bonus entry options:
    1. Invite some friends to “like” the OMazing Kids Facebook page (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
    2. Share this review on Facebook & include a @OMazing Kids to tag my page – (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
    3. Tweet the #kidsyoga #giveaway on Twitter with a @amoorad link – (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
  • Helpful Info & Tips: I use the “Giveaways” tab because it saves me the step having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. The Facebook tab may not work on a cell phone. If you experience that, try again on a computer. Make sure you are logged in as yourself (not a page) when using the tab. In the event that you experience difficulties with the FB entry tab, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry tab problems

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CST on April 1, 2013 .

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, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Four (4) winners will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on April 2, 2013.
  • The winner will each receive one (1) set of the Nurture Cards – affirmation cards for children
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. Any questions about the prize should be directed to the company.
  • Prize Value: ~$37.00 (including shipping cost)

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a set of cards 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, 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, 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.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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Spring Kids Yoga & Activity Ideas on OMazing Kids

Spring OMazing Kids

Looking for ideas for Spring themed activities? Check out these albums of pics on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

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We will be doing Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes in OMazing Kids Yoga next week….. such a simple great book for Spring! See this pic on the FB page for a discussion of fun ideas for a kids yoga class based on this book, links to some free printables & coloring sheets, etc:  http://tinyurl.com/brqmrpt

Yoga Bunny coloring

More favorite books for this time of year (links are to pics on the OMazing Kids FB page…. lots of great discussion & sharing of ideas there. Feel free to join in on the “brainstorming” fun):

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If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre (http://tinyurl.com/cnbsbzwhttp://tinyurl.com/c5d5s8w & http://tinyurl.com/c8r4c53)

likeAWindyDay

Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch (http://tinyurl.com/cfkhykz)

lots of lambs

Lots of Lambs by Laura Numeroff (http://tinyurl.com/cc9c3kj)

mouse's first day of spring

Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson (http://tinyurl.com/d5u2dtb)

Move Over Rover

Move Over Rover! by Karen Beaumont (http://tinyurl.com/a54zzxx)

mushroom in the rain

Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg (http://tinyurl.com/a7t3ztn; bought this book after seeing it recommended on the Storyoga FB page)

UPDATE 3/25/15: Free printable pose idea cards for Mushroom in the Rain: Mushroom in the Rain ~ OMazing Kids Yoga Lesson Plan 

Mushroom in the Rain

My First Day

My First Day by Steve Jenkins (http://tinyurl.com/cmh48mz)

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My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (http://tinyurl.com/ctbejgz)

One Brown Bunny

One Brown Bunny by Marion Dane Bauer (http://tinyurl.com/bq4glnz)

Quiet_Bunny

Quiet Bunny by Lisa McCue (http://tinyurl.com/d2auh8n)

Quiet Bunny Many Colors

Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors by Lisa McCue (http://tinyurl.com/bqewsf9)

Red Hat cover web

Red Hat by Lita Judge (http://tinyurl.com/c8qkyem)

split slat

Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson (http://tinyurl.com/bueoccx)

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“The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers (http://tinyurl.com/bm3bo53)

What Will Hatch - open book

What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward (http://tinyurl.com/c4ksz8d)

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Playlist:

More spring fun:

Kids Yoga Stories free 3-part Spring Pack: Spring Lesson Plan, Springtime Yoga Journey Handout & Rachel’s Spring Day Mini-Book

The Spring Fairy guided relaxation story

Peace Garden guided relaxation story from Bodylogique 

Spring, Insect & Flower Mandalas & Coloring Pages

Spring Printables & Crafts

Sounds Right: A Mindful Listening Game from Yogainmyschool

Yoga Bunny

Earth Day & Nature Ideas (also see this Earth Day Every Day blog post)

Rainbow-themed ideas

Celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day (aka. 1st day of spring) with Kids Yoga

April Themed Activities for Kids from Living Montessori Now (includes a great list of monthly observances that can be used for themes & links to lots of great activities)

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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Review & Giveaway: Move With Me Adventure Skills Cards

Move with me adventure skills cards giveaway

One of the things I love most about the Move with Me™ Action Adventures DVD’s is the “Adventure Skills” they include in each story. As I watched each DVD, I remember thinking that having a card for each skill would be especially helpful for the kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, anxiety & other special needs that I work with as a Speech-Language Pathologist and even had the idea of taking “screenshots” off the DVD’s to make my own cards. Of course I never had the time to do that with my busy schedule. So imagine my pure delight when I saw that the company had come out with a flash card set!

Product Description: It is a 13 Flash Card Set that includes all the “Adventure Skills” (health lessons and self-regulation techniques) from the Scooter & Me video series

  • 5.5” x 8.5” cards with colorful illustrations on the front and directions on the back.
  • Easy-to-use visual aid to teach/reinforce the use of Adventure Skills to improve well-being, focus, learning, impulse control and emotional resilience and intelligence.
  • Effective teacher tool for behavior management.
  • Engaging activities that support social-emotional learning.
  • Adventure Skills are short exercises that help children relax and connect with inner strengths when frustrated, confused, angry, sad or scared. Each technique is simple to do, can decrease stress, contribute to increased focus, coordination and self-control and improve social skills and emotional intelligence. All movement and self-care techniques are inspired by yoga, creative movement, PE standards, mind-body research and Brain Gym.

I love that each card includes information about why, when & how to use the Adventure Skill. Eleven of the cards also include a short rhyming “chant”.

Here’s a “sneek peek” at the front & back of one of the cards:

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Short video overview of the Adventure Skill Cards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCT_ZIXGnWM.

Also see video overviews for:

Cost: $24.95. Purchase on their website: http://www.move-with-me.com/store/scooter-me-active-play-social-skills-program-9-yoga-movement-story-video-classes/adventure-skill-cards.

While you’re on their website, check out all the fabulous free printable Coloring & Activity Pages Parent / Teacher Guides! The Parent/Teacher Guides provide you with basic info about the connection between movement, the brain and learning, as well as activity suggestions and detailed information with pictures of all Adventure Skills.

Also connect with them on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoveWithMeActionAdventures.Kids.Yoga.DVDs

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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109474156345397290268

Twitter: https://twitter.com/move_with_me

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Adventure Skills Coloring - body series

Adventure Skills Coloring - mind series

Adventure Skills Coloring - heart series

There are also full-page size coloring pages for each of the Action Adventure Skills

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Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own.Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Required Entry Method: Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention why these cards would be helpful to you (details will count in selecting the winners) (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per person).
  • Bonus Entry Option: Like both the Move With Me  & the OMazing Kids Facebook page (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did). Facebook fans of both pages are then entitled to the following bonus entry options:
    1. Share this review on Facebook & include a @OMazing Kids to tag my page – (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
    2. Tweet the #kidsyoga #giveaway on Twitter with @amoorad & @Move_with_Me links – (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did)
  • Helpful Info & Tips: I use the “Giveaways” tab because it saves me the step having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. The Facebook tab may not work on a cell phone. If you experience that, try again on a computer. In the event that you experience difficulties with the FB entry tab, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry tab problems

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on March 19, 2013 .

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • Two (2) winner will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on March 20, 2013.
  • The winner will each receive one (1) set of the Move With Me Adventure Skills Cards.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. Any questions about the prize should be directed to the company.
  • Prize Value: $24.95

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a set of cards 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, 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, 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.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#omazing-kids-yoga

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110305433538768736741

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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Brainstorming & Sharing Ideas on OMazing Kids

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Put on your thinking cap & come join the fun brainstorming sessions we have been having on the OMazing Kids Facebook page!

{Brainstorming & Networking Invitation}  I love networking and sharing ideas! Feel free to ask a question, share ideas, share links for fun things, share your kids yoga Facebook page, blog posts, etc…. Anything related to kids yoga, kids wellness, education, special needs, etc. is fine. Feel free to post on the OMazing Kids Facebook page or send me a Facebook message and I’ll be glad to share it with the group. If you post logged in as your FB page, please give your name & if you post logged in as yourself, please “tag” or include the link to your kids yoga FB page if you have one. It will help folks get to know each other & build connections. It’s also one of the main ways I find new FB pages to “like” 🙂

The only things that I ask in return are that you post a comment on that brainstorming session thanking folks who took the time to share ideas, that you consider “liking” each other’s kids yoga Facebook pages & that you consider inviting a couple of friends to come join us on OMazing Kids.

I have been using the “schedule post” feature to schedule the brainstorming posts for 7:00am CST and we have had wonderful participation!

Check out the fabulous questions & ideas shared so far:

3/5/13 {Brainstorming Question} Rebecca Villa asks: Have you come across any resources or ideas for western/cowboy/girl themes? I was asked to teach a kids yoga class at an event where this is the theme and could use some ideas. It is a class for toddlers. Any good book ideas??? Thanks in advance for any help! See the ideas shared on this Facebook post

3/7/13 {Brainstorming Question} Carrie Sheffield asks “I am running a manners workshop this Saturday for kids ages 5-12. Any great ideas?”  See the ideas shared on this Facebook post

3/8/13 {Brainstorming Question} Susan McGarrah Bonanno asks “Any suggestions on managing a large group? I’ve been recruited to teach the yoga portion of a fitness series for 32 six-to-nine year olds in my local public school. Excited to get yoga into the schools, petrified about managing 32 kids who may not have had exposure to yoga! I will have adult helpers but no yoga instructors. Can’t split it into smaller groups. Thanks!”  See the ideas shared on this Facebook post

3/13/13 {Brainstorming Question} Becky Groberg asks “Any fun ideas for a transportation theme for kids 4-11?”  See the ideas shared on this Facebook post

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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Review & Giveaway: Peaceful Bedtime: Establishing a Yoga Bedtime Routine (a downloadable multimedia training)

Giveaway Peaceful Bedtime Yoga

Does your child have a difficult time getting to sleep? Is bedtime your least favorite time of the day? You are not alone, the National Association of School Psychologists believe that 30% of all school aged children have some type of sleep disorder. The American Academy of Family Physicians reports sleep problems as one of the top concerns among parents. Check out this great downloadable multimedia training from My Peaceful Playground!

Peaceful Bedtime:  Establishing a Yoga Bedtime Routine is a downloadable multimedia training for Parents and Caregivers by Jackie Morrison, RYT, CYKT, LMT that includes:

  • Peaceful Bedtime Playbook Manual (in 11-page PDF & 17-page ebook format)
  • Peaceful Bedtime MP3 Training (48:22 minutes)
  • Peaceful Bedtime MP3 Guided Visualization (7:15 minutes)
  • Peaceful Bedtime Yoga Video (7:41 minutes)
  • Heart Shape Eye Pillow Video Instructions (link to Youtube video)
  • Heart Shape Eye Pillow Pattern (2-page PDF)

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Heart-Shaped Eye Pillow Instructions & Pattern

The video about how to make the eye pillow was helpful: http://youtu.be/znPMi91Rjws.

What I loved about the multimedia training package:

  • includes info about the effects of sleep problems (ex: The National Sleep Foundation reported new findings in October 2012 that reports the important role sleep plays in the brain mechanisms at work during sleep shape our memory, learning and behavior. Dr. Ted Abel, reports a loss of less than half a night’s sleep can impair memory and alter the normal behavior of brain cells. Sufficient sleep for our children is vital to allow their body to grow, repair and function at its highest. During sleep their bones, muscles and tissue grow as well as their immune system is rejuvenated to be able to fight off infections and illness. If our children are sleep deficit over a prolonged period of time, serious consequence may occur, such as, attention disorders, depression, anxiety, and loss of memory.)
  • includes things you can do to improve your child’s sleep
  • includes details about establishing a Peaceful Bedtime Routine (bath, brush teeth, read a book, relaxing yoga poses, guided visualization, then sleep)
  • includes rationale behind why each yoga pose was chosen. (note: for safety purposes with the kids with special needs I work with, I will be sticking with Legs up the Wall vs. a Shoulderstand)
  • love that she talks about being flexible & meeting kids where they are.
  • the “Peace Breath” is a fabulous idea…. combining a relaxing breath with an affirmation!
  • love that she recommends Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids (one of my faves!)
  • love that it comes in formats for visual & auditory learners. I read the manual first & then listened to the audio. I’m usually more of a visual learner but in this case the audio helped really reinforce the concepts. The audio portion elaborates on the content in the manual. The video of the yoga routine will be especially helpful for parents & caregivers who may not be familiar with yoga.
  • the guided visualization mp3 will be great to use during a bedtime yoga routine or during Savasana in a kids yoga class.
  • the eye pillow looks fun to make! (note: please keep in mind any allergies or sensory sensitivities before selecting what to fill it with and whether or not to use any essential oils)

Website: http://mypeacefulplayground.com/Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MyPeacefulPlaygroundPinterest: http://pinterest.com/mypeacefulplay/  & Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPeacefulPlay

Purchase this online training package on their website. As part of National Sleep Awareness Week 2013, they are offering a $10.00 discount on this online training. Use discount code: Sleep10.

Upon purchase you will receive three e-mails (an e-mail confirming your purchase, a shipping confirmation (even though nothing is being shipped in this case) & a third e-mail providing you with downloading instructions and your personal link. It took about 20 minutes to receive the third e-mail when I took the course. Their website states “On occasions it may take a few minutes to hours to receive your personal downloadable link. Thank you for your understanding. In the meantime, join us in Peace Breath – take a deep breath in through your nose and allow your soft exhale breath to tickle across your lips as you whisper “peace.” Take a few Peace Breaths and your downloadable instructions will arrive in your email box.”

More info about sleep: children and sleep

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Disclaimer: I received free access to the online course to facilitate my review.  Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Required Entry Method: Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention why this training package would be helpful to you (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per person).
  • Bonus Entry Options: Like both the My Peaceful Playground & the OMazing Kids Facebook page (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did). Facebook fans of both pages are entitled to the following bonus entry options:
    1. Share this review on Facebook & include a @OMazing Kids to tag my page – limit 1/day
    2. Tweet the #kidsyoga #giveaway on Twitter with @amoorad & @MyPeacefulPlay links – limit 1/day
  • Helpful Info & Tips: I use the “Giveaways” tab because it saves me the step having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. The Facebook tab may not work on a cell phone. If you experience that, try again on a computer. In the event that you experience difficulties with the FB entry tab, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry tab problems

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on March 11, 2013 .

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA & Canada entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook or e-mail may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on March 12, 2013.
  • The winner will receive a code for free access to the downloadable training package.  Any questions about how to download the training should be directed to the company at livingmyyoga@gmail.com.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • Prize Value: $39.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a downloadable course 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, 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, 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.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

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Review & Giveaway: Kathryn the Grape books & CD

Kathryn the Grape Giveaway

Want to help kids understand that they are remarkable & powerful individuals? Kathryn the Grape books & music encourage kids to shine who they uniquely are and dwell joyfully in their own magnificence. 

Through the award winning books & music of Kathryn the Grape, children learn important self-esteem building life lessons that affect change on their core level and inspire them to ripple loving kindness and compassion into the world.

Kathryn the Grape books

Just Like Magic: This book helps children learn about:

• Being fearless, courageous, and adventurous in trying new things.

• Accountability in doing the right thing and helping others.

• Discovering their own inner magic and using it for doing good things.

• Being friendly to someone who is lonely, and being open to making new friends.

Colorful Adventure: This book helps children learn about:

• What it feels like to trust themselves and their intuition.

• Respecting themselves by using their words to say how they feel.

• The colors and symbols associated with their chakras so they can shine in their uniqueness.

• How negative thoughts make everything gloomy, but loving thoughts make everything beautiful.

Piece of Love:  This book helps children learn about:

• Contributing their piece to creating peace.

• How their thoughts, words, and actions have a ripple effect.

• Being loving, kind, and accepting of themselves and others.

• Removing worried thoughts to be in the flow.

Here’s what I love about the books:

  • The books build on themselves so you get to see how Kathryn the Grape learns skills & becomes more empowered.
  • Each book includes practical strategies kids could use when facing real life situations (handling feeling nervous or worried, paying attention to who might need help around you, being a friend, being fearless, trying new things, being helpful, the ripple effect of kindness, etc…)
  • Love that affirmation & empowerment are the theme throughout the series of books.

Free printable coloring & activity pages to go with the books on their website!

Kathryn the Grape CD

Each song links to the first three books in the Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series:

• In KTG Just Like Magic, you learn about being MAGICAL, and how to get rid of NERVOUS BUBBLES.

• In KTG’s Colorful Adventure, you learn how to shine COLORFUL YOU as MAGGIE leads the way.

• In KTG’s Piece of Love, you learn to BELIEVE that we are all love, and how to be IN THE FLOW.

• Everyone will enjoy dancing along to our KTG theme song titled, THE FRIENDSHIP SONG!

Here’s what I loved about the music:

  • The songs tie into each of the 3 books so they will be a great way to engage multiple senses in learning!
  • Love the unique lyrics & tunes…. so much fun!
  • Imagine the power of kids listening to tunes that will inspire greatness 🙂

The products are available for purchase on Amazon (hardcover & Kindle versions of the books) & their website

 

social-FBFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kathrynthegrape

social-TWTwitter: https://twitter.com/kathrynthegrape

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Find out more about the story behind Kathryn the Grape and her heart for giving back through the Kathryn the Grape Fund.

 

Special Discount Offer: Get 20% off their books & music with the coupon code KINDNESS when shopping via their website store: http://www.kathrynthegrape.com/index.php/store

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of these products to facilitate my review.  Opinions expressed are my own. Starting in 2013, a new component of reviews & giveaways hosted on OMazing Kids is that a review will be added on Amazon.com (for products sold on that site). See my Amazon profile at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1JKVLELLSX7FD?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp.

How to enter the giveaway:

  • Required Entry Method: Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids – Contests & Giveaways Facebook page (http://a.pgtb.me/plpbTf) & mention how you will be using the books & CD (be specific, details will count in picking the grand prize winner) (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; must use respectful people-first language, 1 entry per person).
  • Bonus Entry Options: Like both the Kathryn the Grape & the OMazing Kids Facebook page (comment here on this blog post to let me know you did). Facebook fans of both pages are entitled to the following bonus entry options:
    1. Share this review on Facebook & include a @OMazing Kids to tag my page – limit 1/day
    2. Tweet the #kidsyoga #giveaway on Twitter with @amoorad & @KathrynTheGrape links – limit 1/day
    3. Repin this pin on Pinterest – limit 1
  • Helpful Info & Tips: I use the “Giveaways” tab because it saves me the step having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. FYI…. I use a free app from Shortstack for that tab and have no control over technical difficulties either on their end or on Facebook. The Facebook tab may not work on a cell phone. If you experience that, try again on a computer. In the event that you experience difficulties with the FB entry tab, please e-mail me specific details so I can attempt to fix it. E-mail to: amoorad1@juno.com . The entry deadline may be extended at the sole discretion of OMazing Kids in the event of prolonged entry tab problems

Entry Deadline: All entries & bonus entries must received by 11:59pm CST on March 8, 2013.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook will be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of valid entries received.
  • Three (3) winners will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on March 9, 2013.
  •  One (1) winner will receive a “Grand Prize Package” of all 3 books + CD. To insure that the prize goes to the place where it will have the biggest impact on helping kids, I will be reviewing the details in each entry and hand-selecting the grand prize winner.
  • Two (2) additional winners will be chosen via a random drawing out of the remaining valid entries and will receive one copy of the book or CD that they chose via their FB tab entry.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail, will be posted on the blog post & will be posted on the OMazing Kids Facebook page. The company offering the prize may also post the winner’s name on their website, blog, Facebook page and/or other social media sites at their discretion.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prizes directly to the winners. Any questions about the prizes should be directed to the company.
  • Grand Prize Value: $65.97; book-only prize value: $16.99 ; CD-only prize value: $15.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a book & CD 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, 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, LLC, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless OMazing Kids, 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.

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

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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

Contests & Giveaways on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsContestsandGiveaways

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/amoorad

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

OMazing Kids LLC is an organization that promotes inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities. The blog and social media pages share information about books, DVD’s, CD’s, games and other products specifically designed for kids wellness, mindfulness and relaxation, product reviews & giveaways, lesson plan & activity ideas, research, kids wellness in the news and a connection corner with listings of individuals doing adapted yoga and those offering trainings.

NOTE: Please ignore any ads that appear below the crayons divider bar. This is a free blog site & I have no control over ads appearing here.

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