I’ve had the hilarious and fun opportunity to volunteer in a pre-school classroom teaching kids yoga every Wednesday.
In my 16 years of teaching movement I’ve taught just about every age of person. New-est to my resume are 3 year old girls. Wow- It’s a whole new world!My first week, I didn’t even know what age I was going to be teaching and it was a bit of nightmare (not really- but it was super wild!) I had some cards with pictures of yoga poses on them and we did poses like cat/cow where we meow-ed and mooo-ed while we arched and contracted our spines. We reached for the stars and tickled our toes! Sounds not so bad, right?!?!
I laughed when the lead teacher of the classroom came over that first day and asked if I wanted to take the time down from 30 minutes to 20. Praise The Lord! Hahaha!I quickly learned that I needed to bring in some yoga mats so the little ones had parameters for where they should be during our practice! I also learned that there needed to be way more specific story-like and age appropriate lesson plans. My favorite thus far revolves around the precious little story book that I downloaded to my ipad: FairyLand Yoga by Antonia Pellegrino-Freeman!
It is super sweet and fun to ask the little girls if they would like to go to Fairyland to do yoga and have them respond “YEEEEESSSSS!” as I put a dot of glitter on their little noses and ask them to close their eyes as we travel to the land of Yogi Fairies!
With that more focused lesson, things go a little smoother, although they still feel a little crowded and don’t necessarily like to sit next to Suzie-Q. :)I always leave the classes feeling giggly and happy as I roll my yoga wagon down the school hallway and hope the classroom teacher isn’t too upset about the use of glitter to get us to FairyLand and back!