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Big A, little a – A Dr. Seuss ABC’s alphabet extravaganza (kids yoga & early literacy)

Dr. Seuss ABC OMazing Kids Yoga lesson plan

Combining early literacy activities with movement, music, art, props & games with can create fun learning opportunities to engage all the senses. Many kids with special needs have an especially difficult time with even basic early literacy skills and often may not enjoy sitting still for a traditional “storytime”.  Dr. Seuss would have loved kids yoga and most of the kids I work with LOVE his books! The creativity & uniqueness of his characters, the wacky rhyming text, great repeated lines, the messages of nature conservation, peace & equality, and all the fun…fun…fun! Dr. Seuss books & characters are a wonderful inspiration for kids yoga class activities!

Kids yoga opportunities in Dr. Seuss’ ABC:

  • Alligator (after doing “alligator pose”, use alligator plush as “alligator on a rock” on child’s back in child’s pose or let the alligator swim on the breath on child’s belly)
  • Baby, bubble blowing breathwork, buzzing bee breath
  • Camel
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Feather breathwork
  • Goat, goggles (gyan mudra “glasses” at eyes)
  • Horse, hooray (affirmation cards)
  • I am happy, I am good (I like this all English version from Zensational Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMHbg4ArfeY)
  • Jelly wiggle, jar of jam (stir the pot),
  • Kitten (cat), kangaroo hops, kite, kerchoo (sneezing breath)
  • Legs (seated forward fold), lion
  • Mouse, moon
  • Nose (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Ostrich (standing forward fold – like ostrich hiding head in sand), owl
  • Paint the pajamas (use paintbrush bulletin board cutouts as props)
  • Queen (lotus mudra to make crown on head), quacking (duck)
  • Rhinoceros
  • Sipping sodas (sitali breath)
  • Turtle, tree
  • Umbrella (standing star – like a wide open umbrella, with wiggling fingers as raindrops falling)
  • Violin (rock the baby – leg is like the bow playing the violin)
  • Washer
  • X – words that end in “X” – ax (woodchopper), fox (gyan mudra around nose)
  • Yawning, yak
  • Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz (group pose – kids lay down to form a letter “Z”; also could make up a pose)

See & hear the book being sung in this YouTube video:

Dr Seuss ABC Song

(mp3 version saved out on my Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/dr-suess-abc-song-youtube)

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We also did a phonemic awareness sort, color & paste activity. I found this activity on Seussville.com and then modified it to meet our kids needs. Many of our kids at JDMC do better when given some choices rather than the open ended nature of this worksheet. Often when given a few pictured choices they then can think of other things to draw that start with that letter. Using Boardmaker, I made 5 picture symbols for words that start with “A” and 5 that start with “B”. After using it I tweaked it a bit (took off “ant” since it also looked like “bugs”…. a “B” word. And added a What begins with “A” sheet since two of the kids with Autism were having a difficult time with not having a specific spot to paste the “A” words. In that moment, we did a mini-lesson on problem solving and thinking of options. We were able to draw an “A” on the back of the “B” worksheet to be able to move on 🙂 )

Dr. Seuss initial sound phonemic awareness - B & A (sort, color & paste activity with Boardmaker symbols) - click pic to open PDF

Dr. Seuss initial sound phonemic awareness – B & A (sort, color & paste activity with Boardmaker symbols)

Fun “seek-and-find” alphabet animals coloring pages (would be best for older kids or those who can handle this level of detail): 

Seek & Find Alphabet Coloring – click pic to open 26-page PDF (pics from: http://www.kids-n-fun.com/Coloringpages/Alphabet-animals)

Make some Rainbow Alphabet Crayons:

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More fun ideas for this book: 

Extend the “alphabet” theme with any of these great kids yoga products:

  • ABCs of Yoga for Kids Learning Cards. They also have an alphabet picture book with a rhyme for each pose (available in English & Spanish), a coloring book, a poster & other products.
  • Asana Alphabet: Yogi & Yogette Learn the Asana Alphabet
  • Elahi Yoga Student Workbook
  • Frog Yoga Alphabet Teacher Training Package by Young Yoga Masters
  • Learn With Yoga ABC Yoga Cards for Kids cards – set of 26 ABC yoga cards with verbal cues & benefits (1 pose for each letter) & 26 Instructor Cards with ideas for language development & reading readiness activities for each pose.  [Review: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-31]. They also have an Instructors Guide, Virtues Book, coloring book & other products.
  • Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals: an Alphabet Coloring Book by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories [Review: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-XH]

The Rotary Club of Boston #7 has a free download of this cool guide on their website! It’s an 80-page PDF so be patient while it downloads. See the website for details about use: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=3239&pid=57374 

Want to learn even more about combining movement with early literacy? Read this great article “Learning By Leaps and Bounds: Linking Literacy & Movement” by Rae Pica from NAEYC: http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201011/Leaps&BoundsOnline1110.pdf.

Also check out this “Yoga4Literacy – Reading Readiness with a Twist” webinar series from Donna Freeman at yogainmyschool.com. Available on the new Kids Yoga Academy website either as part of a membership plan (http://kidsyogaacademy.com/ecourses) or the new on-demand E-course option (http://kidsyogaacademy.com/on-demand-ecourses).

I purchased my copy of the book & the plush alligator at Kohl’s. Dr. Seuss is part of their current “Kohl’s Cares” line. Large hardcover books and plush toys are a bargain at only $5.00 each & the proceeds go to great causes (what not to love about that?): 

Kohl's Cares Seuss products

If you have been following my blog, Facebook page & other social media pages for any length of time, you know that I love & own hundreds of kids picture books. I have several other Dr. Seuss “faves” that I have posted lesson plans for: Green Eggs & Ham, My Many Colored Days & How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. Last year I was inspired to create “The Yoga of Dr. Seuss” a 3-page PDF printable  of 36 Dr. Seuss inspired kids yoga activities (including poses, breathing, games, affirmations, yamas/niyamas & relaxation) to celebrate his birthday. I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss & have fond memories of reading his books as a child. Now it’s fun to find new creative ways to help kids enjoy his work as well 🙂

yoga of seuss - click to open 3-page PDF

See a post by Barbara Gini at Bodylogique inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew”: Are YOU Going to Solla Sollew?

See more “seusstastic” ideas for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd, with the annual Read Across America 2013 EduKit Booklet:

Read Across America 2013 printable guide - click pic to open PDF

http://www.seussville.com/activities/RAA13_EduKit_Booklet_WEB.pdf

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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

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Review & Giveaway: Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals: an Alphabet Coloring Book by Giselle Shardlow @ Kids Yoga Stories

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Start off the new year in 2013 with a book that will be great for your kids’ bodies & minds. “Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals: an Alphabet Coloring Book”, another fun new book from Kids Yoga Stories!

 

Product Details:

Check out Luke’s A to Z of Australian animals and add color to his collection! Curl up like a koala, hop like a kangaroo, and waddle like a wombat as you act out Australian animals through this interactive alphabet coloring book. Learn something new, explore movement, and have fun together! Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! This book for ages 3 to 7 is more than a coloring book, but it’s also a unique experience for children.

List Price: $12.95

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479317845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479317844
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

Where to Purchase: Available on their website w/ PayPal: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/%20lukes-a-to-z/ & on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lukes-Australian-Animals-Alphabet-Coloring/dp/1479317845/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357165586&sr=1-1

Here’s what I love about this book:

  • A picture of the kids yoga pose is in the corner of each page
  • The targeted vocabulary for each letter is in bold font
  • The font is large & easy to read
  • The alphabet letter is large but more faintly shown than the rest of the picture on each page. This will make it fun for kids to look for the letter (an easy version of a seek-and-find)
  • It’s a fun way to learn the names of Australian wildlife. Some are familiar (crocodile, whale, jellyfish, koala, etc…) but most would be new to those of us who do not live in that part of the world (brolga, echidna, goanna, numbat, quoll, etc…).
  • The 6-page Parent-Teacher Guide section at the end of the coloring book is a goldmine of great tips for setting up a fun & safe yoga storytime for kids. Gotta share this quote from the book: “Ooze creativity, imagination and abundance. Encourage each child to tap into his or her own creativity and imagination through movement and breath. Welcome quiet times for reflection. Pause often. Remember, it’s not the end result, but the journey where miracles happen…“. She also gives several ideas for extension activities. Giselle’s passion and love for kids & learning shines through :)
  • Lots of great verbs & adjectives will make this book fun to use in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist (ex: a crocodile snoozing in the swampy mangroves, a platypus paddling in a murky river, etc…).
  • LOVE the combination of nature, alphabet/early literacy skills, coloring & movement….. what a fun way to tap into “multiple intelligences”! Add some Australian music & affirmations to tap into a couple more. (More info about this concept at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/education/ed_mi_overview.html & http://comicsworkshop.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/poster-02-mi_actions-11×17.jpg)

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Here’s a “sneek peek” inside the book:

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http://www.kidsyogastories.com/free-resources/. She often shares free lesson plan ideas!

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More info about the author: http://www.kidsyogastories.com/about/.

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

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  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
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  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on January 5, 2013.
  • The winner will receive one (1) copy of the book.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the prize directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $12.95

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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

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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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