Getting Kids Attention

getting kids attention

The Main Ingredient Getting the attention of kids can be hard at times. You go into a classroom or studio and the kids would rather talk to each other than listen to the teacher. Or maybe they sit at home playing video games, not even answering, let alone stopping the game to do yoga with you. To make it more challenging, once you have their attention, who knows how long you will keep it. So when faced with this challenge,

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Does Your Class Have the Right Atmosphere?

How to Make the Most of Your Space This week it rained in Toronto so I really appreciated the indoor spaces for yoga and also for kids to play in. It was a great chance to try my classes in a different room and see the difference the space can make. In one pre-school class there are about 10 kids doing yoga in a small space. This is very tricky because kids this age are very physical and like to

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The Reality of Classroom Management

Finding the Light When I first started teaching over 10 years ago, I was surprised to realize that one of the most challenging things about children’s classes is managing the group. Now I know that this is a key skill required to work with kids. My teacher always quotes a great Roman, Cicero, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” To teach children takes vigilance. Power Struggles In one class is a little boy who I often find sitting in

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Funny Kids Yoga Story

Accidents Happen You may have noticed that my old blog post asks, “Have you ever had someone pee on your yoga mat?” Well, you guessed it – that question comes from personal experience. It happened with a group of toddlers I teach in a Montessori School. For half an hour each week we have our yoga sessions which includes all the aspects of yoga including asana, deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Of course all of it is kids-style yoga. If

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