Category: Brown Bear

Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference Presentation

 

I was honored to speak at the Opening Minds Conference and Expo in Chicago.  It is one of the biggest early childhood events of the year and I was so excited to be a part of it. I presented on How to Easily Incorporate Yoga in Your Preschool Classroom with Poses, Games, and Mindfulness Within Your Existing Curriculum.

 

Best yoga for kids props and resources

I may have slightly overpacked, but I had so many props, resources, and ideas that I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators, counselors, parents, child care providers, and healthcare professionals about the importance of introducing yoga to young children.

Many of my favorite props are detailed in Go Go Yoga for Kids: Yoga Lessons for Children but there were also many seasonal kids yoga props and games that are very timely and effective such as our Open Hearts and Minds Valentine Box and poses as well as our Snowball Kids Yoga Lesson Plan.

Opening Minds: Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo

An hour and a half can be a long time for a session so I made sure to break it up with some breathing exercises, poses, yoga games and videos that everyone seemed to enjoy. A few favorites were Birthday Candle Breath, Balloon Breathing, how to effectively teach Tree Pose to children and ways to instantly incorporate yoga into the classroom in minutes. We used the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards for some of the exercises, but any yoga pose cards could work.

Top yoga poses for kids. How to teach Tree Pose to kids.

One of my passions is definitely helping children get fit and literate. One easy way to do this is by incorporating quality read aloud books along with yoga poses. I took the opportunity to walk through some of my favorite children’s books and explain how to incorporate yoga poses and games with them. Kids love this and they retain what they are learning all the better if they are moving as well.

Favorite read alouds to teach yoga to children

For example, practice forming some Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Palm Trees and different letter shapes with your body. For more information check out our How to Teach Yoga to Kids with Picture Books video or see a list of our favorite read-aloud books.

I so enjoyed meeting the attendees. They had wonderful questions and feedback. It was definitely a joy to be able to share my passions of kids, teaching, and yoga with others.

Free Kids Yoga Lesson Plan: Brown Bear Brown Bear

Kids love this familiar book by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. It’s repetitive style builds confidence with reading in ages 2-6. I love the bright vivid animal illustrations and how this book ties in perfectly to kids yoga.

Read this book aloud and enjoy this preschool and Kindergarten Brown Bear Kids Yoga Lesson movement and yoga lesson plan. It is perfect for home or school.

Get your free Brown Bear kids yoga lesson plan here.

Get your own copy of the classic Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? book here.

Are you interested in learning more ways to use read aloud books with kids to teach yoga? This is truly our passion. We have you covered!

Option 1: Our bestselling book Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga with Kids which includes 15 ready to go kids yoga lesson plans.

Option 2: Enroll in our Kids Yoga 101: How to Teach Yoga to Kids online course. Use coupon code TEACHER for enrollment of only $10. You can take it anytime at your convenience. This course includes the best props, books, and resources to use with kids yoga. Learn more here.

Option 3: Take advantage of both. Entirely new content, ideas, resources, and the best practices for introducing yoga to kids.

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