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Creative Yoga for Children: Inspiring the Whole Child through Yoga, Songs, Literature, and Games

Creative Yoga for Children: Inspiring the Whole Child through Yoga, Songs, Literature, and Games [Kindle Edition]

Adrienne Rawlinson
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Creative Yoga for Children offers a simple, ready-to-teach Montessori-based yoga program for children age twelve and under. Following age-appropriate classroom themes, the book's forty detailed, one-hour lessons are designed to supplement any learning environment and are accessible to parents and teachers alike--no special training is required. In a recent study by California State University, Los Angeles, yoga was found to improve students' behavior, physical health, academic performance, and attitudes toward themselves. Research also shows that the benefits of yoga are particularly strong among children with special needs. This book demonstrates how yoga can become a fun daily practice inside or outside the school classroom.

Enhanced with over 100 black and white photos, the book's themes, or lessons, are divided by age range (ages four to six, seven to nine, and ten to twelve) and explore topics based on the child's developmental level. For four- to six-year-olds there are twenty hour-long lessons on subjects ranging from colors and the holiday seasons to sounds and words. Ten hour-long lessons for seven- to nine-year-olds introduce such topics as the body, countries of the world, botany, zoology, and the universe. For ten- to twelve-year-olds, ten hour-long lessons cover the environment, geometry, the Earth, fractions, the food chain, and more.

Following the structure of a classroom lesson plan, each lesson incorporates elements of yoga including poses, breath work, meditation, and mindfulness. A discussion of the theme and intention of the lesson is followed by a warm-up of yoga poses. The children then engage in a cooperative "connecting" activity designed to bring them together, and a fun and lively theme-oriented activity that involves movement and awareness. The class winds down with breath work, a craft, and often a story. Finally, there is relaxation time and a guided meditation. With this preset structure, the children feel safe while being challenged and inspired.

Derived from the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and the author's own experience in the classroom and yoga studio, Creative Yoga for Children allows children to move at their own pace and to be free to learn and grow within a non-competitive, nurturing setting. An essential resource for the 4,000 certified Montessori schools in the U.S., this book will appeal to yoga teachers, classroom teachers, parents, and anyone who works with children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4483 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BCI7SK
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (8 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IU9WJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 6 April 2014
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A great book if you are working with children who have coordination difficulties. I use it as a dipping into for activities rather than a full programme.
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3.0 out of 5 stars yoga for kids 19 Dec 2013
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try it with your class or children. the only thing that lets it down is that it relies on you reading the early pages for younger children, even if you are thinking of using it with older ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for teachers teaching yoga in the classroom 30 Oct 2013
By GiselleS - Kids Yoga Stories - Published on
Here's why I love the Creative Yoga for Children book:

- Class themes separated into classes for ages four to six, seven to nine, and ten to twelve.
- Forty kids yoga lesson plans, each including Educational Elements, Props, Intention, Warm-up, Connect, Activity, Breath, Arts and Crafts, Book, Partner Pose, Meditation, and Gratitude.
- Black-and-white photos of the teacher and students demonstrating the poses.
- Excellent resource book for teachers who are looking to add some fun and movement to their curriculum throughout the year. Themes that I would have used as a teacher include The Sea, Halloween, The Universe and Beyond, Our Earth, Forest Life, Countries of the World, The Body Systems, Environmental Action, De-Stress to Study, The Earth's Elements, and Healthy Food Choices.

This is a great go-to resource for teaching yoga to children in the classroom. I highly recommend adding this book to your kids yoga resource collection!

Giselle Shardlow
Kids Yoga Stories
Author of yoga-inspired children's books, including Sophia's Jungle Adventure
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Book on Children's Yoga 9 Feb 2013
By Emily Canibano - Published on
As a yoga instructor, teacher and Montessori mom I can say with certainty that this book is the prefect combination of education and yoga.
Each lesson plan is well thought out and outlined, down to the timing, and provides a safe and integrative approach to working yoga in to a child's daily routine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas 19 Sep 2013
By Sandy Kindle - Published on
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There are a ton of lesson plans and great ideas in this book. I really liked the way you can look inside this book. The author allowed you to see a lot. This was how I knew this book was for me. Take a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to teach! 25 July 2013
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There is a nice flow to the lessons, building skills creatively. Easy and fun to follow for both teacher and student.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To many words 11 Aug 2013
By Milo F. Minnis - Published on
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This book was bit technical for me. I was looking for a more fun focused book with ideas for poses for kids.
If you have not worked with kids much it might be a good book. I was disappointed.
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