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Preschool Yoga Storytime – Shapes

This storytime went pretty well. But afterwards I left thinking, I need a more exciting theme next time. They enjoyed shapes for the most part but it did not excite them.

Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Breathing Activity (Prayanama):Triangle and Square Breathing

(from: Coping Skills for Kids)

Partner Poses:Twinkle Star

Toddlers take star pose with arms and legs spread out wide and while parents help them rock their star from one foot to the other foot and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.
Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

Book:Triangle by Mac Barnett

Yoga re-telling of book

  1. Poses:
    1. Triangle: Downward Dog
    2. Square: Tabletop
    3. “Running” in between (walk legs, crawl, bear crawl, etc)

When I Stretch Up Rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall. (Reach high)
When I bend down, I feel so small. (Bend over)
Taller, taller, taller, taller. (Reach up high and higher.)
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller. (Get low on the floor.)
Into a tiny ball. (Sit down.)

Open the Book Stretch

Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. (from yogibrarian)

Book:Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

  1. Poses:
    1. Circle in Mountain Pose
    2. Back Draw Game (Draw shapes on caregivers back and have them try to guess the shape, then switch and have shapes drawn on your back and try to guess!)

Relax Poses:Butterfly Pose, Child’s Pose

Rest/Savasana:

Imagine you are on a soft white fluffy cloud, what is the shape of the cloud? Relax all body parts. Fox wakes you up if he thinks you really fell asleep (gets kids to lay still :)) Option of putting a beanbag on their belly to feel their breathing.

Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

 

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Kid’s Cooking

Ya, know… seems pretty straightforward. I cooked with some school age kids. Above are bookmarks I made of the recipes I decided to do. Will I make Pizza Hummus again? Likely not. However, it was fun and the kids were willing to try this new strange thing because they had a hand in making it. This program was not well attended so there was no major cooking chaos. But, in the morning session we forgot to drain the chickpeas and make hummus soup and in the evening session a feisty preschooler poured in about 9 tablespoons of salt….
Overall, an experience for the palate 🙂
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Part Librarian, Part Graphic Designer ;)

I do not have a full program-load with my position yet as I am still being eased into things since coming in the middle of their regularly scheduled programs. So, I have a bit of extra time as compared to the other children’s librarians here.

We are each assigned sections within the children’s collection that are “ours” to maintain. This is mostly in reference to weeding, making sure we have popular titles, etc. However, this can also mean promoting the materials! I got lucky (in my opinion!) and I get to be in charge of juvenile fiction, graphic novels, and the “I can read” or easy reader section. With my extra time this week, I decided to practice graphic design skillz in order to help promote some of these sections. I have been able to do graphic design in past library jobs in order to make displays and flyers, and while I have always loved doing it, I have never been great at it.

THEN, an adult librarian coworker recommended the site canva.com. And lemme tell you, the skies opened up and heaven sang down. This site is not only SO FUN, it also makes it really easy to make some pretty good looking signs.

We get sooo many requests for Captain Underpants, Elephant and Piggie, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid that we can hardly keep these books on the shelves and I have to deal with many disappointed patrons who claim it is “ALLLLL I WANTED!” So, I decided to make some read-a-like signs to help these patrons. Here they are below!

CaptainUnderpantsReadalikes

DiaryofaWimpyKidReadalikes

Elephant&PiggieReadalikes

HarryPotterReadalike

 

And seriously.. try out Canva!