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Author: megforit

Kids Yoga – A Homeschool Must Have Activity

So much can be tied into the practice of Yoga. It is the gateway to complete health linking diet, exercise, and mental strengthening. That is why it is important to incorporate yoga into your weekly routine.

When homeschooling your children, you have a better control over the activities of the day. Now some charter schools (and possibly others) are providing a yoga class to their students. This is AWESOME! Yoga is so much more than anything “spiritual”. Now don’t get me wrong you can add a spiritual component to yoga for sure. But the spiritual component can be focused on and go as deep as you want it to be… or not to be.

The importance of working yoga into your daily school routine is that this practice teaches your child to slow down, focus, and control their own body. I started with my daughter, whenever she would be heading of a meltdown we would take a deep breath and do savasana! She would lay on her back take deep breaths and say “savasana ”. Then we would have her sit up, look in our eyes, and explain what she was trying to say or the struggle she was facing. This is a great time to teach self-control and persistence.

Even though your homeschooled child won’t have much peer pressure or large groups of kids to bring stress and distraction, the setting at home can get quite tense and overwhelming at times. Spending constant time day after day with the same people, no matter how much you love them can get a little stressful. Lets go through what I think are the top 5 most important teaching elements and benefits of doing yoga with your little ones.

  1. Body awareness – this one is something that most adults still struggle to master. Teaching your child body awareness will help them to develop an understanding of their emotions, their feelings, and their physical abilities or limitations. Yoga will help your child learn to control their actions and connect emotions.
  2. Health – This one will tie in with Body Awareness. Health has everything to do with what we eat and the physical activities or exercise we participate in. Once you have a heightened awareness of your body you can begin to teach how regular exercise and healthy eating impact how they feel on a daily basis. No matter if its mood swings, sluggish feelings, or muscle aches  – listening to your body can promote a healthy lifestyle.
  3. STRESS – AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! We all suffer from stress and there are so many self-help books directed at reducing stress for adults. Teaching your child how to manage stress through breathing, awareness, and meditation can give them skills that will propel them into adult life. This aspect of yoga practice can be very exciting! Especially if you are new to the practice also. This journey will bring you all closer and the benefits of stress management will be felt by all involved.
  4. Concentration – let’s face it, yoga takes major concentration. It might seem simple at first glance but some of these poses are hard! Now you won’t be standing on your head or doing handstands on the beach right off the bat but even settling your mind and focusing on basic stretching takes concentration. As you all develop together in your practice of yoga your mental concentration will begin to be tested. This skill will directly transfer into schoolwork and the ability to breath, refocus, and complete the task will begin to develop.
  5. Confidence – This benefit is huge! Yoga can be difficult and as your child learns and progresses in their practice you will notice a level of confidence begin to grow and blossom. Confidence is a compilation of the preceding 4 benefits because they all work together to strengthen the confidence of your little one. Yoga creates a confident force within those that practice regularly. A healthy core and awareness of your body make you entirely aware of who you are and what you can do.

Here are some great resources to get you and your little ones started in your practice of yoga!

This yoga mat helps make yoga fun for your little one!

Here is a great DVD to help boost your home yoga.          

Here are some of the other accessories that are not ‘must haves’ but make yoga with kids Fun! Click to SHOP!



Learning for Ages 3-5

Leading up to Kindergarten

Preparing for Kindergarten no matter if you will be homeschooling or the classroom setting is extremely important. Giving your child a good foundation for these early years of learning is key to jumpstarting their success. Sure there is VPK and preschool among other camps and activities that work on the basics but its no substitution for good old fashion at home preparation. Now with the majority of families requiring a double income to sustain their quality of life often the little ones are being watched and cared for by grandparents, aunts, uncles, or a small in home daycare while mom and dad are at work. It is important that we as parents provide some resources that those watching after the little ones can assist in this educational process.

Below is a list of the top recommended kindergarten preparation tools

BIG Preschool activity Workbook 

This workbook does a great job at teaching your little one how to hold a pencil and begin to control the direction it goes. This workbook is rated for ages 3-5 but I suggest starting immediately at 3 if not a touch sooner. The cool pictures keep your child engaged while learning this important foundational skill. This workbook includes these activity types.

– The Mazes

– Hidden Pictures

– Connect the dots

I like to combine a few exercises from this workbook with one or two from the Upper Case Letters workbook which I will elaborate further on next. I have found that you get more done by pairing the two because at this young age just trying to focus on the letters quickly leads to distraction. Mixing it up with different types of activities helps to extend your preschoolers engagement.

Im going to WRITE – Uppercase Letters

This workbook is fantastic and it’s the one I combine with the BIG preschool activity Workbook. We open this up after a few fun tracing activities and have some major progress on a few letters. Combining the two does reduce the time that you spend working on the actual letters but I feel you make more progress splitting up the activities to help keep your little one engaged. With this book the letters are mixed up and this is great! By learning the letters out of “order” your child actually learns the letters themselves not just memorizes a pattern. At the end the book covers writing numbers 1-9.  The I’m going to READ brand has several different titles and here are the others that I really like.

Kindergarten Math Skills, Star Wars Workbooks 

This book is AMAZING! It is Star Wars Themed and sure to engage your child. Now this workbook is marketed more towards boys but my daughter loves star wars and we have had great success with this book. It teaches the basic concepts of

– How to count and write your numbers 0-20

– Sorting and organizing groups of numbers

– Very basic 1 digit addition and subtraction

– Number families and games

– Picture word problems

The cover of the book says its for ages 5 – 6 but we started using it with our 3 year old and she is doing great. It is a challenge but stick with it and know that even though you might not see results within that particular learning session the foundation is being created and the knowledge will become evident in lessons to come.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

As it says on the cover, this is a remarkable step –  by – step program to teach your little one how to read. It takes 20 minutes per day and in 100 days your child will be reading like a pro! Now it might take you a little longer than 100 days, we all need to take a day off every once in a while. At first glance this gook can be intimidating to everyone involved, including you. The first few lessons are packed with detailed step by step instructions for the instructor. When you open the book there is a LOG going on but after you get the hang of the lessons you will find that they are extremely helpful… they even help with your patients while teaching.

Kindle Fire Kids Edition

One thing that has revolutionized not only how you homeschool but the way we entertain our kids is technology. Now too much screen time is never a good thing. But technology has its purpose and in order to set our kids up for success they need to be familiar with technology. Controlling not only the amount of screen time but what is on the screen is important. Sure the latest and greatest cartoon is great but why not put something on that is entertaining AND educational. There are so many great apps for the Kindle Fire kids Edition that can supplement the learning you are doing through your school lessons. The iPad is always an option too but the Kindle Fire is much more economical for what your child will be using it for. Here are some links to a few of my favorite educational programs for the Kindle.

TIP : If at any time you feel that the lesson you are focusing on is becoming too stressful and causing more harm than good don’t be afraid to mix it up and switch gears. You don’t want to give your child the impression that they can throw a fit get whatever they want. But if they are too far gone to bring them back to the activity at hand you will need some cool down time to

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