Hello Friends Song
Introduce Pose of the Week: A new thing I am trying where we have one pose we can go back to throughout the storytime. This week’s pose was Warrior 3
Breathing Activity (Prayanama): “Dinosaur Breath” (aka adapted dragon’s breath 🙂 )
Interlace the fingers underneath the chin. Inhale and lift the elbows up to frame the face. Exhale, lifting the head up making a whispered ‘hah’ sound towards the sky, like a dragon breathing fire. At the same time, lower the elbows back down to meet at the bottom again by the end of the ‘hah’ exhale. This breath technique builds strength and heat within so is a good energizer. It helps us feel brave when we might be nervous or pepped up when we’re a bit tired. from cosmic kids yoga
Adapted Sun Salutations
Each month I keep being unsatisfied with how I teach and do sun salutations, so I am continually changing it (along with every other part of my preschool yoga wah!) I think I may have found a version that works! For this one, we are pretending to be dinosaurs of course, and we stretch up tall and wave hello to the sky. Then, bend at the hips all the way down to say hello to the ground. Put your waving hands on the ground and go into downward dog so you can see your toes and say hello to them one hand at a time! Put your knees down and come into child's pose and let's hide here for a minute. At the count of three, let's POP UP and say SURPRISE! (Count to three then pop up into hero pose) Stand up tall again and have your hands face each other and say hello to each hand! Then put them together so we end with our hands at our hearts standing tall for our next activity!
Book: The Littlest Dinosaur’s Big Adventure by Michael Foreman
Poses for Book: Dinosaur Wake Up
- Start in child’s pose (our dinosaur egg)
- Happy baby (wiggling out of egg)
- Hero Pose (we are out of the egg!)
- Gate pose (stretch out!)
- Tabletop Stretch arms and legs seperately
Dinosaur, Dinosaur Song
(Just the Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear song but changed the words to dinosaur)
Book: How Does a Dinosaur Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Poses for Book: Dinosaurs Eating
- Tree pose (A tall dinosaur eating leaves off a tree)
- Locust pose (a flying dinosaur swooping down to catch some food)
We are the Dinosaurs song by Laurie Berkner : We just marched around the room being dinosaurs for a bit!
We laid down on our backs and stretched out dinosaur legs over our bodies. Then I passed out beanbags and scarves so they could put the beanbag on their belly to feel their breathing and cover they face with the scarf. We laid like this for one short song (around 2 minutes). Then, I came around with the fox puppet and told them if they wanted Ms. Fox to come wake them up to continue to pretend they are asleep... if they don't want to be tickled by the fox they should wake up now. I added this option because I have many children who attend who are either shy or have sensory sensitivities and I didn't want to force fox tickles on them! However, usually almost all the children eagerly try to stay as still as possible so Ms. Fox can come get them.
Peace Begins With Me Rhyme
When you touch your index finger, say: PEACE.
When you touch your middle finger, say: BEGINS.
When you touch your ring finger, say: WITH.
When you touch your pinky finger, say: ME.
We do this 4 times. The first time very loud with our hands above our head, normal voice with our hands by our shoulders, a whisper with our hands on our knees, then silently in our own head with our hands on our hearts. When we finish, and the room is silent I whisper “Did you still hear it that time? Inside your head?” And the kids all nod knowingly and it is such a sweet goodbye.