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6 Easy Yoga Poses For Kids To Calm Their Little Minds

6 Easy Yoga Poses For Kids To Calm Their Little Minds

Yoga is for everybody! Children are naturally flexible and can reap just as many health benefits from yoga as adults. A child’s life can hold stresses and be busy just like an adult’s. Yoga brings peace to children’s lives and keeps mind and body health.

As seen on Pinterest and with Today’s Parent: Yoga For Kids, we are shown 7 easy yoga positions for children!

Yoga For Kids: How To Calm Little Minds

1. The Snake

This is the child’s version of the Cobra pose. This position opens up the chest and works as a heart-opening breathing exercise. It stretches chest and belly muscles and awakens the body.

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    2. The Flamingo

    Stand with both legs together and put your arms out wide like wings. Bend forward and put one leg out behind you. You may squawk and flap your wings like a Flamingo, but remember to change legs. A great pose for balancing!

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      3. The Camel

      Kneel on the floor, knees hip-width apart and back straight. Tops of the feet should be flat on the floor, shins too. Hands are then placed upon the ankles. Leaning back and breathing, the child should have their chin tucked slightly into their chest. Lean back as far as is comfortable.

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        4. The Frog

        Do a squat with your feet hip width apart. Place your hands inside your feet and rock your weight slightly forward and then quickly pop up! This pose increases the flexibility in your child’s lower back and hips. A kids favourite. You can ribbit if you wish.

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          5. The Butterfly

          Kids should sit and bring the souls of their feet together in front of them, letting their knees fall to the side. This pose helps restore energy levels and decrease stress. It calms the mind as well as stretching the groin and hips.

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            6. The Reclining Butterfly

            Similar to the butterfly pose, you start off in the same position, soles together. You then round your spine and begin to recline – if you have a bolster handy it is great to begin on this! Rest your arms gently on the floor and relax.

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              Featured photo credit: Today’s Parent via pinterest.com

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              Published on November 7, 2018

              How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

              How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

              In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

              The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

              Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

              How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

              After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

              Figure Out the Laws

              Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

              The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

              Decide on an Approach

              Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

              Supplies/Resources

              Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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              A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

              Find a Community

              Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

              Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

              7 Different Homeschooling Methods

              1. School-At-Home

              Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

              The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

              • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
              • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
              • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

              2. Classical

              One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

              Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

              3. Unit Studies

              Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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              For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

              • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
              • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
              • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

              4. Charlotte Mason

              This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

              Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

              5. Montessori

              Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

              With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

              6. Unschooling

              Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

              For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

              7. Eclectic/Relaxed

              As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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              Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

              How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

              One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

              Email

              Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

              It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

              Google Drive/Calendar

              Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

              With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

              Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

              Ebooks

              Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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              E-Courses

              When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

              From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

              The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

              Some recommendations:

              Youtube

              Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

              Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

              Some recommendations:

              Final Thoughts

              Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

              Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

              Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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