"I had the opportunity to review one of the DVDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s singles from the series Ã¢â‚¬Å“Robot Makes a New Friend on the Moon: CuriosityÃ¢â‚¬Â
This was non-stop fun from beginning to end! I love how it includes a warm-up, storytelling with movement, teaching kids Ã¢â‚¬Å“adventure skillsÃ¢â‚¬Â they can use to self-calm & self-regulate, and relaxation. Wendy did a great job of engaging the kids in a fun way (her Ã¢â‚¬Å“robotÃ¢â‚¬Â voice is hilarious!). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hookedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to see the rest of the action adventures!"
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Scooter & Me: Possum's Tail - Kids Yoga DVD for Balance and Concentration.
In this yoga program that helps develop balance, instructor Wendy Phillips Piret, guides a class of eight ethnically diverse boys and girls through a story in which they are involved in actively moving through the adventures. After a brief stretch routine that includes "Head, shoulders, knees, and tails," Piret takes the children down south to the Louisiana Swampland where they meet a little possum with no tail who must learn to balance as she climbs trees, crosses rivers, and avoids alligators. Children become birds catching fish, cypress trees balancing, a boy riding a scooter, and a possum cavorting through the woods as they move through a series of yoga poses. Along the way they learn to employ two"adventure skills." The first is turning "oh, no" into "ah, yes" by relaxing and breathing. The second skill is called "elephant wisdom" and involves giving oneself a gentle ear rub to focus on increasing hearing/listening skills. Piret, an expressive and engaging storyteller, brings humor to her delivery. A soundtrack with chirping crickets, exploding thunder, music, and other sounds enhances the mood. A fun and ingenious approach to getting kids moving!
- Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH.
Scooter & Me: Heart Series - 3 DVDs for Calm Caring and Confidence
Through story-based exercises, the instructor takes viewers through a warm-up, a story with movement segment, a relaxation exercise, and a skill review wrap-up on each of these DVDs. Viewers follow along with the fun yoga-like moves that perfectly complement the adventure story being told. The instructor and a small group of children giggle and smile their way through the exercises. Children pretend to be different animals and perform various movements as they listen to the tales of a boy and his scooter and the adventures they have together. Designed to encourage physical, cognitive, and emotional development, the program should help children learn how to channel their emotions through flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination exercises. In "Tortoise, Hare, and Dragon," the concept of perseverance introduces "elephant wisdom," a skill that helps the children focus on their auditory system, as well as "cat wisdom," which concentrates on stress relief. "Coral Reef" deals with acceptance while encouraging youngsters to focus on their breathing and cross-motor coordination. "A Beautiful Dream" highlights relationships while revisiting all the skills from previous stories. The excellent guide provides background information on the series, detailed descriptions of each adventure skill, and tips for incorporating them into children's lifestyles. An engaging series for use at home and at school.
- Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that reduces bullying and increases concentration by training educators, youth professionals, parents, and students from pre-k through high school how to implement an evidence based curriculum of yoga, stress-management, and conflict-resolution strategies. (Since 2004)
Are you a homeschooling parent looking for a study break or an adjunct program to address physical fitness and socio-emotional development?
Would you like a simple and fun indoor activity that gets the heart-rate up, shakes out the wiggles, and helps kids develop emotional and social intelligence? What if it also helps build literacy skills and coaches mindfulness techniques that help parents and students alike feel calm, centered and better able to access creative and complex thinking skills?
Move with Me Yoga Adventures provides all of this by combining together the magic of stories, the fun of imagination and make-believe, and the brain-building power of movement and yoga. These video classes engage the whole child in playful, joyful, experiential learning.
In just 25-30 minutes 3 days/week your child will gain:
Each DVD covers:
What do I need to get started (besides the DVDs)?
1 - Wear comfortable clothes
2 - Create an open space, with room to move easily for you and your kids
3 - Start the Scooter & Me DVD
4 - Get moving!
Yes, it's that simple!
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Scooter & Me™ 28-week Fitness for Body, Mind, & Heart Curriculum for children, ages 3-7 years, to be used in conjunction with the 9-Story Scooter & Me™ DVD Yoga Action Adventure series.
What do Homeschooling Parents Have to Say About Scooter & Me™?
Susan Tarasova, Homeschooling Mother of Three (ages 4, 7, & 7 months)
"We love this DVD series! We've been using it throughout the year as part of our curriculum and it does not get old. There is always something new for the kids to work on and focus on. They feel very proud of themselves when they can hold a pose and use the tools that they have been given."
Lisa McMullen, Homeschooling Mother of Three (ages 7, 8, & 18)
"I like the series because it helps the kids to really get in tune with their body and to be more mindful of themselves and every aspect of how they live."
Naesha Moore, Homeschooling Mother of Two (ages 4 & 7)
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the Move with Me kids yoga program. It has helped my children learn the benefits of mind-body fitness through yoga, stress-management skills, and nutritional information. It has helped guide me as a home-school mom to incorporate these important lessons in our daily lives and to reinforce the information they get from the videos. The children are now active participants in our health and fitness endeavors as they feel much more empowered with their gained knowledge. Plus, I love that they are learning to appreciate yoga as much as I do! Thank you Liz and Wendy!!!"
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The Little Yoga Mat is an eco-friendly mini yoga mat for young kids (ages 0-4). Created by a yogini Mom in Manhattan, TLYM is colorful, chemical free, easy to clean & tote. Toddlers love having a mat their size!
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Funny and lyrical, with a soothing sing-song narrative. Kids love to repeat and build on each new wave of story action. Perfect and easy to translate into a simple, yet totally engaging movement activity. Delightful illustration and colors that entice the eyes and imagination as the story transitions from shades of napping time to waking time. - Liz Bragdon
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We love Circus Yoga for their family centered approach to play and community. As stated on their website: "Throughout our lives, we tend to be grouped with others close to our own age, and, as a result, often end up learning mostly from our peers. In CircusYoga, however, we pool our resources and become a tribe of life-long learners and teachers discovering balance, joy, courage, agelessness and appropriate risk. This diversity makes CircusYoga a rich experience - everyone benefits as the wisdom of age collaborates with the energy of youth. And transformation happens as all ages practice together and build self-confidence, focus, trust and teamwork."