Giselle Shardlow, expert on yoga for kids, is a children’s author of Kids Yoga Stories. She hopes to inspire children by drawing from her experiences as an international primary school teacher, yoga teacher training graduate, world traveler, mother, and yogi. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Her yoga-inspired children’s books and other creative resources can be found at www.kidsyogastories.com.
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This is the last in a 3 part series on Yoga for Kids. In Part 1, I shared 10 Things that I Learned from Yoga Teacher Training, reflecting on the history and culture of yoga. Part 2, I shared 14 ways that Yoga is Beneficial for Children. Now let’s look at how we can bring yoga and a sense of adventure into our homes. Continue reading
Giselle Shardlow, children’s author of Kids Yoga Stories, is back for part 2 of her series on Yoga for Kids. She hopes to inspire children by drawing from her experiences as an international primary school teacher, yoga teacher training
graduate, world traveler, mother, and yogi. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Her yoga-inspired children’s books and other creative resources can be found at www.kidsyogastories.com, or on her facebook or twitter pages.
In Part 1, I shared 10 Things that I Learned from Yoga Teacher Training, reflecting on the history and culture of yoga.
Since I’ve thought about where yoga came from, now I’d like to share my thoughts on why yoga for children is a great idea, especially when it’s coupled with storytelling: Continue reading
The Pushkar Camel Fair is a fascinating holiday in India that is comprised of 2 main events: tradesmen converging to trade some 50,000 camels and religious rituals related to the holy Kartik Purnima festival, which is held here on the full moon in the Hindu lunar month of Kartika. In 2012, the Pushkar Fair takes places November 20-28. In 2013, they will celebrate it November 9-17, and in 2014, October 30-November 6. The festival takes place in Pushkar, a small town located in Rajasthan state at the edge of the Thar Desert. Continue reading
Have you ever seen the decorative floor art called rangoli? Rangoli art from India, a folk art used during Hindu festivals to bring good luck and welcome the Hindu deities. Check out these beautiful google images and then try out this stunning, colorful project with your kids. It’s a beautiful, hands-on, collaborative art project that engages kids and teaches about other cultures! Continue reading
We are so lucky to have an amazing public library system where we live, with lots of interactive and educational programs for children. This week we attended an event to learn more about Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. One of the activities that drew the attention of all of the kids was making easy Indian sweets (mithai) called Doodh Peda or Pala Kova. Not only can the kids make these popular Indian sweets themselves- so easy!- they are delicious, don’t require cooking, and are often served during Diwali (plus they are egg-free and gluten-free!). Continue reading
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu fall festival that usually takes place in October or November. Families gather to celebrate hope and happiness and share delicious foods with loved ones. Here is a simple craft that kids can make for Diwali!
UNICEF tell us that “as of 2001 estimates around 115 million children of primary school age, the majority of them girls, do not attend school..” Kids may wonder, why don’t they, or why can’t they go to school? The main reason is that some countries do not have enough money and resources to build schools. Some families live too far away from school… other families can’t afford to send their kids to school when they could be working. Other kids aren’t allowed to go because of their background, their gender, or their citizenship.
Educating children helps reduce poverty and promote gender equality. Many organizations and individuals are coming up with creative ways to help provide an education for students in some of the toughest environmental and cultural challenges, who live some of the most unique lifestyles on Earth. I recently read the book “Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World,” by Susan Hughes, which describes many of these amazing schools. Here’s a peek at four of my favorites in the book, each with a link to photos or videos from the schools: Continue reading
I am thrilled to introduce our guest poster: Giselle Shardlow, a “Kids Yoga Stories” children’s author. She hopes to inspire children by drawing from her experiences as an international primary school teacher, world traveler, mother, and yogi. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. Her first two children’s books, “Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats” and “Sophia’s Jungle Adventure” can be found at www.kidsyogastories.com, along with other creative resources for children ages three to seven. This is the first in a series of three about “Yoga for Kids.”
When I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training in 2005, I wanted to deepen my practice and gain an understanding of the history and culture of yoga. Learning about the ancient yoga principles transformed my life on and off the mat. For me, yoga is about being human and about living in happiness, health and harmony.
With such a deep message, it made me wonder how to share this with children. Here is what I learned about yoga and how I hope to share with kids: Continue reading
Today’s guest post comes from Amy Broadmore, the mother of three young children ages seven, five, and two. She spends her time teaching and learning from her children, running, and searching for great picture books. She recommends children’s literature with captivating stories and gorgeous illustrations on her blog Delightful Children’s Books.
I love the ability of good stories to both entertain and teach kids at the same time. Here are ten of my favorite stories set in countries around the world. These are, for the most part, fictional stories. Yet, they introduce kids to real places and real experiences. These stories help kids imagine what it would be like to celebrate Eid in Kuwait, go on a family road trip in Australia, wait for the Biblioburro to arrive in Colombia and more. Continue reading
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Batik is a traditional textile made by hand where artisans use wax to create a design, and then dye the cloth, which resists the vegetable dyes. Originally from Indonesia, batik has symbolic meanings in its colors and designs, and people use the craft to express their creativity and even spirituality. In this easy project, kids substitute hot wax for Elmer’s blue glue and convey their own creativity by choosing images that represent themselves, and colorful paint that reflect their personalities. Continue reading
If you would like to introduce your children to foreign films, I recommend “Like Stars on Earth” (Taare Zameen Par in Hindi). This heartwarming, Bollywood style film from India tells the story of 8-year-old Ishaan Awasthi’s (Darsheel Safary) struggles in school due to dyslexia, his parents’ frustration and attempts to discipline him, his journey to boarding school, and finally his fortunate encounter with incredible art teacher Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan). Continue reading
This guest post is written by award-winning multicultural musician “DARIA-” Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. Thank you so much for sharing this great craft idea with us!
Make Your Own Indian Style Ankle Bells
Summer is a wonderful time for exploring world cultures through the arts. Here’s a way you can get crafty, play with music and explore world cultures all at the same time.
Here is a wonderfully simple craft that teaches children about the use of henna, a traditional art form that has been practiced in India, the Middle East (especially Pakistan), and parts of Africa (Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan) for hundreds of years.
My 2 budding artists: the hands on yellow were done by my 4.5 year old, while the hands on blue were created by my 7.5 year old. So pretty!
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After reading so many books that featured Asian Elephants last week, we decided we needed to do an elephant art project. First I browsed on-line for elephant images, and found some beautiful hand-embroidered pillow shams and purses. A lot of times the elephants were silver thread or silver sequins, so we decided to use foil. I had seen a technique on pinterest that I wanted to adapt (see original post here), so we gathered our supplies: foil, glue, cardboard, paints. Here is our finished project. Didn’t my son do such a great job? Continue reading
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Our school recently held an International Night, to culminate a week of fun activities: classes did lots of art projects, such as making Multicultural Dolls and Diversity Quilts, every student made a flag of their heritage, they sang tons of songs from different genres around the world in music class, we shared bread from around the world on our International Bread Day, and held a colorful parade of traditional clothes through the hallways.
During International Night, I called for parents to coordinate “Country Tables” that were to be set up in the cafeteria during our spring Open House. I began months before, looking for volunteers to be the leaders of a particular country: we have large populations of families from China, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, and Indonesia, and I needed at least one person to be “in charge” of each team of volunteers. Continue reading
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