Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Book Exchange

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the "Love Books" exchange from The Educator's Spin On It.  There were more than 30 bloggers that participated.  Everyone was paired up to send a book and activities to a partner.  I was fortunate to be partnered up with Giselle Shardlow from Kids Yoga Stories.  It was a blast to work with some great mommy and educational bloggers from around the world. Plus, receiving a box of goodies is always a great way to start the day!

Our package from Giselle was all about yoga!  Giselle is a former teacher, who now writes yoga stories for kids!  We were sent three books, a lesson plan, and material to create an activity. This was a new, exciting adventure for my 2 year old and myself.  Over the years, yoga sounded rather intriguing but I never got around to it.  This was a great way to get a little taste in it without becoming overwhelmed. The best part was being able to include my son in this process of learning about yoga too (lots of trial and error!).  To see what we sent Giselle and her 2 year old daughter, {click here}.

Intro to Yoga:

The first book I read to Joshua was Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford and Martina Selway.  The book has really cute illustrations of children doing animal-inspired, yoga poses.  

After reading Little Yoga, Joshua and I practiced some of the yoga moves that the book mentioned.  Watch this video to see how Joshua did during his FIRST yoga experience. It's too funny....Gotta love the mindset of  a 2 year old :)

Alphabet Yoga:

Another book we were sent was a book written by our partner!  Luke's A to Z of Australian Animals- an alphabet coloring book was a great fit for my son since he loves to color, and loves anything to do with the alphabet (he's actually really obsessed with alphabet stuff at this point).  Joshua was able to color a few pages and we went through some of the interesting animals you only see in Australia.  With kangaroos being such a popular animal in Australia, our partner gave us supplies to create a stuffed kangaroo from Sew Fun to Learn.  Joshua loves pretending with this new toy, and carries his new "buddy" around with him.

 Beach Yoga:

Lastly, we read Luke's Beach Day by Giselle Shardlow and Emily Gedzyk.  The big, colorful illustrations are great for any young or older kids.  With it being a little lengthy, Joshua glanced through the illustrations and would point out all the crabs and beach items.  Since we live in such a dry, Arizona climate, Joshua was really taking in the beach scene while reading.  

A few days later, we went through the book again.  This time we focused on the different poses the characters were doing.  In the back of the book, it summarizes the different yoga movements with little illustrations. It really helped to have the little photo prompts since we are still new to all the yoga terms and poses. After practicing a few more poses with my son, we finished the day with a coloring page from Luke's Beach Day.


 The "Love Books" Summer Exchange was a hit!  We hope to participate again next year :)  Stay tuned for a link to see what the other participants received!


  1. Thank you so much for participating in the "Love Book" Summer Book Exchange! What a fun way to learn about yoga with your son. The Kangaroo is too cute! We loved the Alpha Bugs Book you sent to Giselle too. So glad you joined us and had fun reading this summer!