Posts Tagged ‘OMazing Kids Yoga’

OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers at Educare in the News

Woo Hoo!  In the newspaper again today. Great pics & even a short video clip from the OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers class I did with the 3-4 year olds at Educare yesterday. We had a blast doing “Green Eggs & Ham” yoga 🙂

Here is the link to the online article in The Oklahoman: http://newsok.com/article/3655470 & the print article: http://newsok.com/article/3655663.

Here are pics from the online article with additional info:

Melissa Valdez, (left) and Adilene Soto make a “house” as Leo Alvarez poses as a “mouse” in the “Would you eat them in a house? Would you eat them with a mouse?” pose…… this was definitely a fave with the kids!

Adilene Soto enjoyed doing yoga!

Doing a fun “Would you eat them in a tree?” group pose 🙂

Aaron Secondino and Melissa Valdez doing “washing machine” pose after the bumpy “Would you eat them in a car?” pose

Leline Castaneda does “mouse” pose.

Brayden Swain and Kingston Mosby doing “Would you eat them with a fox?” pose.

http://www.newsok.com/multimedia/video/1494546601001

Want more details about “Green Eggs and Ham” yoga? Check out my blog post: http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2011/04/20/yummy-young-yoga-with-a-side-of-green-eggs-and-ham/

Want more info about Oklahoma City Educare? Check out these websites: http://www.educareschools.org/locations/okc.php & http://www.okceducare.org/. It’s an OMazing place! 🙂

I volunteer to teach OMazing Kids Yoga StoryStretchers once a month at Educare in Oklahoma City on my day off from work.  Educare serves 200 disadvantaged children, ages birth to five years old, with year-round early childhood education programs.

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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

OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center & Asana Alphabet Training in the News

Woo Hoo! Excited to open The Oklahoman newspaper today and see an article about the OMazing Kids Yoga group for our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma and the Asana Alphabet “Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs” training that I will be guest presenting at this weekend 🙂

Here is the link to the article in The Oklahoman online: http://newsok.com/article/3655322

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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St. Patrick’s Day Kids Yoga Ideas from OMazing Kids Yoga

Here are some ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day kids yoga class…. see the comments & links on each picture in the album on the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page. I’m trying this out to see if posting ideas in an album is quicker than a blog post….. let me know what you think. Are ideas easier to look at in an album on Facebook or on a blog post?

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.336777133039965.93978.174264525957894&type=3

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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The Yoga of Dr. Seuss – printable from OMazing Kids Yoga

Dr. Seuss would have loved kids yoga…… just think about it. The creativity & uniqueness of his characters, the messages of nature conservation, peace & equality, and all the funfunfun!

Dr. Seuss books & characters are a wonderful inspiration for  kids yoga class activities…. it inspired me to create a 3-page printable of 36 Dr. Seuss inspired kids yoga activities (including poses, breathing, games, affirmations, yamas/niyamas & relaxation).

Click on the pic to open the PDF:

Also check out my in-depth kids yoga class lesson plans for Green Eggs & Ham (http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2011/04/20/yummy-young-yoga-with-a-side-of-green-eggs-and-ham/) and My Many Colored Days (http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2011/10/20/my-many-colored-days-explore-feelings-through-colors-movement-and-music-an-omazing-kids-yoga-activity/).

Looking for Seuss Printables & Coloring Sheets? There are TONS of free Dr. Seuss printables on this website:  http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorClassroomResources.php?id=printables – love that you can sort by book & by activity type 🙂

More Seuss Yoga – inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:

More Seuss Yoga – Grinch

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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Moosely Marvelous 1K Giveaway on OMazing Kids Yoga

Wow! It’s so fun to see 1000+ folks enjoying & sharing a love of kids yoga and other kid-related and special needs related things on the OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page.

To celebrate, I have decided to do a giveaway that involves several of my favorite things all rolled into one…..

  • a unique kids picture book with amazing illustrations + a message of affirmation + lots of animals with the main character being my “fave” + printables + music = tons of kids fun   🙂

My favorite animal is the Moose….. I literally have hundreds of moose items (plush, books, games, socks, T’s, PJ’s, art, figurines, dishes, quilts, music ….. the list goes on & on). The Moose “high interest/passion” started when I was a kid watching Bullwinkle.

Here’s the “Moosely Marvelous” giveaway to celebrate the 1K milestone:

  • Agate: What Good Is A Moose? – book
  • Moose Mambo – mp3
  • The Happy Moose Jam – mp3
  • Land of the Silver Birch – mp3
  • Wood Over Water – mp3

To see more about the products:

Agate: What Good Is A Moose? – book:

A great short video from the author & illustrator:

Agate the Moose suffers from low self-esteem, always comparing himself to his sparkling friends, named for birthstones. In the end, they help Agate to see that he, too, is a beautiful gem, a secret jewel. I love, love, LOVE this book! It has wonderful illustrations, descriptive vocabulary, is full of animals that fit with yoga poses/activities, shows the power of kind words & friends, etc…

Here are the opportunities for yoga poses in the book: alligator, elephant, penguin (mountain – then waddle), giraffe, lion, monkey (chest taps), bear (bear crawl, waltzing to 1-2-3 beat, sleeping bear – child’s pose), porcupine (padma/lotus mudra – http://www.yogacheryl.com/images/m_padma_mudra.jpg), hippo (happy baby & rock-n-roll), racoon (gyan mudra at eyes – like the mask on a racoon – http://im.rediff.com/getahead/2009/may/29slide5-yoga.jpg), eagle, and bat (lay on back, legs up and crossed, arms crossed).

I bought the book at: http://www.amazon.com/Agate-Moose-Joy-Morgan-Dey/dp/0942235738/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330195047&sr=8-1

Author’s Websites: http://www.agatethemoose.com/ & http://joymorgandey.com/ – lots of fun free stuff for the book. Buy the poster at: http://www.lakesuperiormagazine.com/cat/agate.html

    

 click on each pic to open coloring page & puzzle PDF’s

Printables I made to use as story props with the book: click each pic to open up that PDF

Larger Animal Story Props:

Agate Whate Good Is A Moose – Large Animal Story Props

mp3’s: Please be mindful of kids individual sensory needs when using music in a group setting (http://omazingkidsyoga.com/music/ 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014HUCMO/ref=docs-os-doi_0,

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00346ALR4/ref=dm_dp_trk13?ie=UTF8&qid=1330196121&sr=1-21,

http://www.amazon.com/Land-of-the-Silver-Birch/dp/B0012AQEAW/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1330195492&sr=1-10,

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QPQCTM/ref=dm_dp_trk11?ie=UTF8&qid=1330195915&sr=1-1

More free printables to go with this amazing book!

Moose & Birch Leaves Mandala – source: http://www.donteatthepaste.com/2011/09/birch-leaves-mandala.html – I just added the moose clip art border

Moose Tracks Printable – source: Karma Wilson’s author website: http://karmawilson.com/teachers.htm#moose

Cool Moose Tree Pose Coloring Sheet (by Cyn Narcisi – amazing illustrator: http://www.cynnarcisi.com/hire.htm & http://cynnarcisi.blogspot.com/)

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention specific ways you would be using this book, music & printables with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention specific ways you would be using this book, music & printables 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)
  3. Tips: Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on February 28, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • Due to shipping costs, only USA entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids Yoga, LLC 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.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on February 29, 2012.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the “Agate: What Good Is A Moose?” book (ordered & shipped to you via Amazon) & the four mp3’s listed above (sent to you via e-mail).
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained 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.
  • Prize Value: retail price of book $17.95 + retail price of mp3’s $.99 each = $21.91

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids book, mp3’s & printables 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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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

3 Simple Yoga Class Rules – visual support

Here is a new visual support I made to help kids understand 3 simple rules for yoga class….. inspired by a picture I saw on the Kid Partners, Inc. Facebook page 🙂  I always love seeing Melissa’s posts since she is a fellow Speech-Language Pathologist.

Click on pic to open 1-page PDF

Review & Giveaway: Kings & Queens of the Forest CD by Kira Willey

 

 

Ready for more amazing music? Kira Willey, award-winning singer/songwriter and certified children’s yoga teacher, has come out with her much-anticipated 2nd CD!

 

Kings & Queens of the Forest” blends upbeat, danceable music with get-up-and-move yoga inspiration for kids. The album includes 13 joyful folk/pop originals and 13 bonus Yoga Tracks with instructional voice-overs, as well as a lyric booklet that guides parents with illustrations of Kira’s kid-friendly yoga routines. This is music parents will love as much as their kids and the bonus tracks engage the kids in simple and fun yoga, with its incredible mind/body benefits. Kira’s pure, sweet, and soothing voice resonates with kids. Parents of children with special needs report that their kids are captivated by Kira’s songs, and preschool teachers, occupational therapists, and other youth workers regularly use Kira’s songs in their work. Her fun and easy-to-follow yoga instruction teaches self-awareness, improves balance and strength, and builds confidence.

 

What I LOVE about this CD:

  • I am a huge fan of folk music for kids and Kira’s vocal and musical style makes you smile inside  🙂  …. I enjoy listening to it just as music as well as using it in my work with kids as a Speech-Language Pathologist & in OMazing Kids Yoga.
  • The songs would be great to use in any classroom, therapy clinic & yoga studio….. the songs have universal appeal.
  • Songs can tie in to specific yoga poses & the instructional book with lyrics and pics of each yoga sequence for each song is attached to the inside cover of the CD case. The yoga tracks include detailed instruction from Kira with the music playing softly in the background.
  • The music will appeal to a wide age range of kids (and even those of us who are “kids at heart”!).
  • Love the positive & upbeat message in each of the songs. Listen to the lyrics and you will hear many great built-in self-affirmations, positive social interactions & messages of taking care of our world!
  • A portion of this CD’s proceeds are being donated to KidsPeace (www.kidspeace.org)
  • All the songs are so great & unique in their own way that I can’t pick a “fave”…. Love them all!

Website: http://www.firefliesyoga.com

Get a free download of the “Mr. Cricket Hop” song by signing up for her newsletter on her website – http://www.firefliesyoga.com/blogscommunity/newsletter-signup/ . While you are on that page be sure to get the pic with the lyrics.

Also check out Kira’s Soundcloud page for a few more song previews & occasionally free downloads: http://soundcloud.com/kira-willey-music

 
Purchase Music: Here’s the link to ordering info on her website: http://www.firefliesyoga.com/kiras-music/purchase-music/

Kira has a link on her website to print off the CD instructional book insert with all the lyrics & pics of the yoga pose sequences for each song  (so cool that she did that so folks who buy her CD via digital download won’t miss out!) – 15 page PDF – http://www.firefliesyoga.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/fireflies-cd-insert.pdf

 

 Be sure to “like” Kira Wiley Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids” on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Kira-Willey/294811003885237? for all the latest info & updates! Word is that Kira is currently working on a lullaby album as well as a family music collection for future release…. So you don’t want to miss out on updates for those projects! Her page includes a cool “BandPage” tab: www.facebook.com/pages/Kira-Willey/294811003885237?sk=app_178091127385  

More places to preview & purchase her music: You can purchase the music and listen to samples of all the CD tracks, including the bonus yoga tracks on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Queens-of-the-Forest/dp/B005VW3DC4/ref=tmm_msc_title_0 ), CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kirawilley2 ) & iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kings-queens-of-the-forest/id473040797 )

For more information about Kira Willey, a video of her practicing yoga with kids, and tracks from her CD (original songs as well as the instructional Yoga Tracks): http://cyberpr.biz/clients/3034

Video demo of Kira doing kids yoga: http://www.kyte.tv/ch/lifestyle/yoga-for-kids-demonstration/p=674&c=465537&s=1604900

Great article by Kira: “Yoga for Kids: Three Moves and Poses to Try Teach your children a few fun and simple poses that foster bedtime calm, bonding, relaxation and healthy self-image” – http://www.metroparent.com/Metro-Parent/January-2012/Yoga-for-Kids-Three-Moves-and-Poses-to-Try/ .

Price at the time of this post: $15.00

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

Here are two printables I made to go with a “firefly” theme: (click on each pic to open that PDF)

  

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention specific ways you would be using this CD with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention specific ways you would be using this CD 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)
  3. Tips: Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail. You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on February 21, 2012.

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 Yoga, 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.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a drawing of valid entries on February 22, 2012.
  • The winner will get one (1) copy of the “Kings & Queens of the Forest” CD.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained 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.
  • I will be mailing the CD to the winner….. so it may take me a few days to make it to the post office around my work schedule to get it mailed to you 🙂
  • Prize Value: retail price $15.00

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a kids 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 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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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Review & Giveaway: Love is the Color of a Rainbow…. plus some “rainbow” yoga ideas

Love is the Color of a Rainbow – a wonderful heartfelt story!

Product description: This softcover book is a heartfelt story about Willow, a little girl who has been blind since birth, who hears pit-pats of the first summer rain and quickly encourages her Mama to go outside. Mama shares all the colors of a rainbow with Willow through nature and Willow experiences that “Love is the Color of a Rainbow”. The gentle pastel chalk illustrations invite kids to experience nature through their senses to discover the colors of the rainbow.

Here’s what I LOVE about this book:

  • positive portrayal of a child with special needs
  • beautiful illustrations
  • the nurturing relationship portrayed between the mother & daughter in the story
  • the book has several opportunities to incorporate yoga poses (raindrop tapping – either individually on own chest or as partner pose on each others backs – note: great opportunity for kids to work on social skills to ask each other to be partners, ask permission before touching, ask their partner if they want “rain” pats (more of a slow deep pressure) or light “tickle taps” on their back – be mindful of kids individual sensory needs, frog, snail – child’s pose, tree, bird, tomatoes – stretch & reach overhead to “pick”, flower, butterfly, sun – sun stretch & breath – for details & a sun printable see my previous post at: http://wp.me/p1t7TU-1T, blue sky – lay in star pose, hug – hug knees into chest)
  • the book is printed on eco-friendly 100% Post Consumer recycled paper
  • the author donates a portion of the sales to support nature & environmental organizations

The only improvement I would suggest for the book would for the text to be in a larger font to make it easier to read.

A sneek peek at a few pages inside the book:

 

Price at the time of this post: $12.00 – available for purchase on the author’s website: http://www.kathyparra.com/

Author’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ByKathyParra

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

Other things to go with a Rainbow theme:

Fun rainbow kids yoga ideas in this blog post from Mary Keiger at AUsomely Social:  A Mindful Journey Over the Rainbow

A Rainbow of Colors kids yoga ideas in this blog post from Be Yoga Be Love: A Rainbow of Colors

Great Kira Willey songs:

https://soundcloud.com/kira-willey-music/underneath-the-rainbow

https://soundcloud.com/kira-willey-music/colors

Relaxing Rainbow – guided relaxation script card  – (inspired by a post on www.childmeditations.com)

Click on picture above to open the PDF, print, cut out, fold in half & laminate. Show picture side to the kids so they can get an image in their mind of what a rainbow looks like before laying down. The adult then reads the relaxation script in a slow calming manner with frequent pauses.

A great rainbow – namebow affirmation craft (from A Cupcake for the Teacher) – click on the picture to go to the blog:

Cute rainbow shakers to make(from Activity Village – click on picture to go to website):

Craft – Make a Rainbow Shaker (from Making Learning Fun) – click on the picture to go to their website

Another simple rainbow craft idea! This would be a great way to work on colors, short-longer-longest & sequencing by size:

rainbow simple craft

Rainbow Coloring Pages (4 page PDF) – click on picture to open

Encourage healthy habits by “eating the colors of the rainbow”: http://www.celebratehealthyeating.org/pdf/spr/dan_eatrainbow.pdf

My Favorite Color Guided Relaxation from Yoga in My School:  http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/06/15/my-favourite-colour-a-guided-visualization-for-relaxation/

Rainbow Guided relaxations for kids mp3’s: http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Friend-Meditation/dp/B003MRGGT2, http://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-Blanket/dp/B001NW77UU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1329153092&sr=1-9

R. Carlos Nakai – World Of Rainbows (Canyon Trilogy Track 11)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaM__sGVJuY, on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QMW4RY/ref=dm_dp_trk11?ie=UTF8&qid=1329153030&sr=1-25

Piano instrumental version of Over the Rainbow: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012JT3DS/ref=dm_dp_trk7?ie=UTF8&qid=1329153092&sr=1-11

One of my favorite songs is “Underneath the Rainbow” by Kira Willey: https://soundcloud.com/kira-willey-music/underneath-the-rainbow

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids Yoga FB page (http://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsYoga?v=app_197602066931325) & mention your favorite color & how you would be using this book with your child or the children you work with. (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention your favorite color & 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)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on February 14, 2012.

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 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.
  • Two (2) winners will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on February 15, 2012.
  • The winners will each get one (1) copy of the “Love is the Color of a Rainbow” book.
  • The winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained 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 address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the product directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: retail price $12.00

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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

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Give Love: A Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan from OMazing Kids Yoga

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day books. There are several animals (mouse, dog, cat, bunny, moose, fox, pig) so it is great for a kids yoga class. Each animal in the story has a unique strength & I love how Mouse takes the time to make a special card for each of his friends…. and the friends have a special surprise for Mouse 🙂

How we did the poses for this book: mouse – child’s pose, upward facing dog, cat, bunny breaths (3 quick sniffs in), moose -a variation on “deer” pose from Yoga In My School (http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/07/19/kids-yoga-poses-deer-pose-marichiyasana-ii/) – we added holding our hands up on our heads as antlers,  fox – the sign for “fox” http://www.babysignlanguagedictionary-mysmarthands.com/fox_-_ASL_sign_for_fox.html – looks like the Gyan mudra around the nose, & pig – the yoga freeze dance since pig & mouse are dancing on that page in the book 🙂

Here are symbols I made to use with the book:

Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse – symbols (1 page PDF)

I think Pig & Mouse are dancing to the MC Yogi song “Give Love”… so we did Yoga Freeze Dance to this song. When the music stops you freeze in your favorite yoga pose.

(http://www.yogafriends.com/mc_yogi_give_love.mp3 – “right click” on this link & “save target as” to save the mp3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpVUih5nY9g

The Valentine’s Day playlist on my Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/omazing-kids-yoga/sets/valentines-day-playlist/

Bari Koral’s Hearts song:

Bari Koral Hearts - click pic to go to Youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejwrUXNoDds

Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids has two guided imagery stories that will be great to use with a Valentine’s Day or love theme kids yoga class! Here is a partial screenshot. See more details about this fabulous book in this post on the OMazing Kids blog: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/08/26/review-giveaway-imaginations-fun-relaxation-stories-and-meditations-for-kids/. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Imaginations-Relaxation-Stories-Meditations-Kids/dp/1463512023.

Hugs & Kisses Pose from Yoga Rocks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvLeXxbA2Wc (another version at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5HKR8krGpg)

This is a great feel good pose, hugging yourself and throwing kisses out to the world.   This pose helps kids to feel love and give love.

Sitting tall on your yoga mat, bend your legs so your knees are up and your feet are close to you.  Wrap your arms around your legs and give yourself a big squeeze for “Hug”.  Then open your arms and legs up and out into a big “X” for “Kiss” making a kiss sound.

Fun partner pose ideas & a free printable in this post from Playful Learning: Yoga for Kids: V-Day Edition

playful learning valentines day

Heart Pose from Sprout

Mini video on Sprout website: http://50.57.13.175/sprout/Activities/detail.aspx?id=5a853f61-20b4-4f4c-ae7a-997a0181a942

Partner Heart Pose from Yoga in Mar Vista

click on the photo to go to their Facebook page 🙂

Strike a Valentine’s Day Yoga Pose! 5 Festive Stretches For Kids

Heart Mudra – Sit with your legs crossed. Then hide your arms behind your back before you show your valentine the heart you made for them with your hands.

See all 5 poses from Lara Benusis, the youth program director at Pure Yoga at: http://www.lilsugar.com/Valentines-Day-Yoga-Poses-Kids-13881568

 

We worked on friendship social skills during our Valentine’s Day yoga class by asking each other about our two favorite colors & two favorite animal valentines. Then we colored two animal valentines to give to each of our friends in the class.

 animal valentines to color

valentines coloredanimal valentines (colored version)

Depending on how much time you have, you could also do yoga poses for the animals on the valentines.

We made this super easy heart-shaped valentine holder from Making Learning Fun: http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/ValentineHeartHolder.htm

I saved it as a PDF to make it easier to print: heart valentine holder printable

 

Heart Mandalas: I saved 24 heart mandalas in a PDF document to make it easier to print them – heart mandalas. A valentine’s gift of 2 dozen mandalas 🙂  Coloring mandalas is a calming activity for most kids. Some of these mandalas are simple & some are more complex so please keep each child’s level of fine motor skills & ability to handle detail in mind when picking ones for them to color.

Links to the source for each mandala can be found on each picture in the album on my OMazing Kids Yoga Facebook page: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.317072695010409.90378.174264525957894&type=3

Note: These mandalas are for non-commercial use only.

Look at the cool handout that Laura Fuller from Yoga in Mar Vista made with one of the Heart Mandalas! Click on each pic to open up that PDF (2 separate 1-page PDF’s):
  

Love coloring sheet - click pic to open PDFLove coloring sheet

Make your own Candy Heart messages:

heart messages

http://www.cryptogram.com/hearts/

Link to the HeartMath website (mentioned on page 2 of the mandala handout): www.heartmath.org,

Shift and Shine Technique® for Ages 3-6: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/shift-and-shine-age-3-to-6.html?submenuheader=2,

HeartShift™  Tool for Ages 7 – 11: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/heartshift-age-7-to-11.html?submenuheader=2

The Quick Coherence Technique® for Ages 12-18: http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/quick-coherence-age-12-to-18.html?submenuheader=2

Loving Kindness Meditation – click pic to open PDF  (Source: SoulShine Life – Yoga for Kids and Families – Facebook post)

Valentine’s Day Finger Puppets:

Valentine finger puppets (color version)

& Valentine finger puppets (black & white version – for kids to color)

A fun idea for Valentine’s Day Affirmations from Stress Free Kids:

More Valentine’s Day coloring pages: http://twistynoodle.com/coloring-pages/holiday/valentines-day/

Lots of great free Valentine’s Day stuff on the Super Simple Songs website: http://www.supersimplesongs.com/valentines/

A craft for later: These would take more time than we would have in a kids yoga class but would be fun to make at home and a great way to reuse broken crayons: http://thelongthread.com/?p=5646 & more tips: http://www.makeandtakes.com/recycled-chunky-crayons

Want even more ideas for Valentine’s Day themed yoga? Check out these posts: http://yogainmyschool.com/2010/02/11/kids-valentines-day-yoga-class/, http://yogainmyschool.com/2012/02/13/valentines-week-tlc-challenge/ & http://www.lilsugar.com/Valentines-Day-Yoga-Poses-Kids-13881568.

Looking for even more great books?

Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson

Here are the symbols I made to go with it. I put a small piece of velcro on the back of each heart & on the front of each character so kids can add a “kiss” to each one as we read the book…. great for working on vocabulary, following directions, great book for kids yoga with the added message of the love you give coming back to you…. https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/love-kisses.pdf

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Trafuri

Totally LOVING the new book “All Kinds of Kisses” by Nancy Tafuri! Each spread has an animal and how they kiss their little ones (ex: “Little Piglet loves Oink kisses.”). Again lots of animals so it would be great for kids yoga, great for teaching vocabulary (including names for the babies of each animal), teaching animal sounds, great repeated line (good for emergent literacy, use of a BigMack voice output communication aide, intraverbal fill-ins in an ABA Verbal Behavior program, etc…) and the bluebird is included somewhere on each page so it encourages looking for that detail. I made symbols for this book too: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/all-kinds-of-kisses.pdf

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

I love this new book by Felicia Bond too! Although it would fit with a Valentine’s Day theme, it could be used anytime of the year & has tons of opportunities for kids yoga poses/activities. And for SLP’s out there, lots of great vocabulary & opposites word pairs. I got a great deal on this book at Sam’s Club 🙂 Here are the symbols I made to go with the book: https://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/big-hugs-little-hugs.pdf

How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall (see ideas on the Storyoga Facebook post: http://tinyurl.com/7p3p6xq; a printable resource guide from the publisher: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrensImages/Printable/my%20heart%20is%20like%20a%20zoo%20activities.pdf )

Cute Carson Dellosa heart crafts to go with this book – click pic to open PDF:

Love is the Color of a Rainbow by Kathy Parra  (see my blog post for a review & giveaway: http://omazingkidsyoga.com/2012/02/13/review-giveaway-love-is-the-color-of-a-rainbow-plus-some-rainbow-yoga-ideas/)

Can you tell that I love Valentine’s Day? 🙂

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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Not A Box: An OMazing Kids Yoga Lesson Plan & Book Review

Not A Box: An OMazing Kids Yoga Lesson Plan & Book Review

We had SO much fun in OMazing Kids Yoga this week doing yoga to the story “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis!

I brought a medium sized cardboard box for each child since we had a small group of 5 kids & I wanted them to be able to experience being “in” and “out” of the box. I also selected this size of boxes since I wanted large surfaces for them to be able to put pictures on since the kids I see in that group have difficulty with fine motor control. The paper template in the Not A Box Activity Guide listed below would be great if you had a very large group and the kids had the ability to handle that level of fine motor task. Or you could also have each child bring their own box to the group (of course have a few extra boxes on hand in case someone forgets to bring one).

As a motivator/reinforcer for the kids to participate, they earned a coloring sheet for each pose they participated in and then got to glue it on their own box. To keep the flow of the group going, we saved the coloring of the pictures for the end. Worked like a charm…. the child who had so much difficulty staying engaged last week was a great yogi this week and was SO proud of his “not a box” creation. Wish I could have taken pictures to share but that’s not possible in the hospital setting due to HIPAA rules.

Opportunities for yoga poses/activities in this book:

  • bunny breath
  • racecar (Could do as group pose or individually sitting in your box or on the yoga mat. Sit with legs & arms straight out. Point/flex feet to hit the gas pedal or brakes. “Steer” your car with arm motions or could also add a hula hoop to be the steering wheel.)
  • mountain (We stood in the box to do mountain pose. It was a great opportunity for the kids to use motor planning skills to figure out how to get in/out of the box and to practice asking for help when they needed it.)
  • firefighter (a variation on elephant pose & crescent moon pose – hold hand together at midline to be the firefighter’s hose and then bend in different directions as you squirt water on the burning building)
  • robot (move & freeze like robots. Could also incorporate mindfulness to see how closely the kids can imitate specific robot movements)
  • pirate
  • balloon breathing
  • elephant
  • boat
  • humming breath (as we are thinking “Hmm”)
  • rocket (variation of volcano pose  – squat down with hands together at heart, countdown (we did 3, 2, 1 given our kids short attention spans), then “blast off” as you jump up, lift your arms and exhale loudly)
  • star
  • planets (group activity – one child in the middle as the “sun” and the rest of the group move in a circle “orbiting” around the sun)
  • Affirmation: I am creative – I use my imagination!
  • Relaxation: Listening to relaxing music as we colored all the pictures we had glued on the “not a box” creations. Each child was given only 2 crayons so they would have the opportunity to practice social skills in asking to trade colors with the other kids.
  • Each child took their “not a box” creation with them to play with later

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“Not a Box” Playlist

This book will also be great to use in my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. So here are several other reasons I LOVE this book:

  • Simple text.
  • Clear illustrations (combination of black, white, red & yellow) are great for young kids and will especially be helpful for kids who may have difficulty attending to pictures in other books due to visual impairments or conditions like ADD/ADHD or Autism. Many kids with cortical visual impairments tend to respond well to these specific colors so I can’t wait to try this book out the next time I have a patient with CVI.  (Here’s a great CVI tip sheet: http://www.unr.edu/educ/ndsip/tipsheets/cvi.pdf)
  • Great repeated line “It’s NOT a box”. Repeated lines provide great predictability for emergent readers, are great for intraverbal fill-ins in a ABA Verbal Behavior program and are great opportunities for kids to participate in reading the story either verbally or through the use of a single message voice output communication aide (ex: BigMACK).
  • Opportunities for practicing inferencing & predicting skills (looking at the details in a picture for “clues”).
  • Lots of practice of “positional” words (in, on top, beside,  behind, etc…)
  • Great use of two “Wh” questions (why, what)
  • Great way to teach “negation” (the concept of “not”)
  • Encourages “flexibile” thinking & creativity (often very difficult for many kids with special needs…. Especially those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder).

I purchased my copy of the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Box-Antoinette-Portis/dp/0061123226

Free Activity Guide (9 page PDF): http://files.harpercollins.com/PDF/ActivitiesGuides/0061123226.pdf (also saved on my blog at: Not A Box Activity Guide)

Printable Coloring Pics to Color & Paste on a “Not a Box” Box – I use them as a reinforcer for kids to try each pose in the Therapeutic Yoga Group for our inpatients at the JD McCarty Center. They get a pic to add to their box for each pose. The large pics work well on a large box – like copy paper comes in or larger. The small pics work well on smaller boxes or with kids that get too focused on coloring.

not a box (full page pics) – 11 page PDF

not a box (small pics) – 4 page PDF

bunny puppet for It’s Not a Box

bunny puppet for It's Not a Box

See the entire book in this cute YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KXuBcdmktY

Great review & ideas from Picture Books & Pirouettes http://kerryaradhya.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-not-box-so-what-could-it-be.html & Maria’s Movers http://mariasmovers.com/2011/04/26/its-a-box-not/

Great blog post from another SLP with more ideas for this book: http://all4mychild.com/not-a-box/

More out-of-the-box fun in this blog post: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/09/all-you-need-is-a-box/ & bought Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard to extend the box theme: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/09/a-story-in-a-box/

Encourage some out-of-the-box “food fun” with these creative snack ideas:

Food Fun

There are lots of fun Pinterest pages & blog with fun kids snacks & bento box ideas! http://www.creativekidsnacks.com/category/snacks/

Here’s a great “think outside the box” mini poster from FableVision Learning to go with this theme: http://fablevisionlearning.com/blog/2011/06/think-outside-the-box/  

(1 page PDF – http://www.fablevisionlearning.com/posters/fablevision_thinker.pdf / also saved on my blog at: Think Outside The Box mini poster)

Also love this:

See how we used this book in a free storytime event for Better Hearing & Speech Month at the JD McCarty Center in May 2013.

Feel free to comment & share your “not a box” ideas 🙂

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: http://omazingkidsyoga.com

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