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Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere Kindle Edition
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Based on Kira Willey’s Parents’ Choice GOLD Award-winning CD, Mindful Moments for Kids, this one-of-a-kind book is sure to help kids find calm, gain focus, and feel energized during the day, and encourage families to establish a fun and consistent mindfulness practice, whether at home or on the go.
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|BREATHE LIKE A BEAR||PEACEFUL LIKE A PANDA||MINDFULNESS MOMENTS FOR KIDS: BREATHE LIKE A BEAR||MINDFULNESS MOMENTS FOR KIDS: LISTEN LIKE AN ELEPHANT||MINDFULNESS MOMENTS FOR KIDS: BUNNY BREATHS||MINDFULNESS MOMENTS FOR KIDS: HOT COCOA CALM|
|Read all the books in this series of Mindfulness Moments for Kids!||Mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.||Mindful exercises designed to bring calm to the most important parts of the day.||Kids learn to control their breathing and calm themselves slowly to sleep, just like a bear!||Kids learn to listen to the world around them and focus their minds--no matter how messy life becomes.||Kids learn to replenish energy with quick, focused breaths...no matter how blah they feel.||Kids learn how to take control of their emotions and breathe their way to calm. Coming October 12, 2021!|
--Susan Verde, author of I Am Yoga and I Am Peace "I love this book! Breathe Like a Bear is filled with playful and imaginative ideas for helping kids connect to themselves, whether it's their own strong energy or inner calm. Each moment that Kira has so elegantly sculpted and described conjures up delicious, beautiful, or whimsical, child-friendly scenarios. It's exactly this fun and accessible style that will make kids want to try every one of these little gems that provides simple tools for big change."
--Laurie Berkner, award-winning and bestselling children's musical artist Author Willey brings years of experience in children's music and movement to her debut.The book is divided into five sections (Be Calm, Focus, Imagine, Make Some Energy, and Relax), which are further sectioned into double-page-spread subtopics. Each spread includes one or two breath-centered exercises to encourage a habit and practice of mindfulness. Most, but not all, include references to wild animals and nature that are sure to appeal to young children. They are encouraged to use their imaginations as launch pads for being present: Imagine you're a cloud in the sky and Imagine you're a sleepy lion, just waking up in the morning are typical. The exercises are brief and excellent for short attention spans, though some offer opportunities for extension through pacing. The instructional text is simple enough for fluent readers to use in self-guided practice, though each exercise likely works best as a read-aloud. Betts accompanies each exercise with charming illustrations featuring foxes, elephants, fanciful clouds, and, of course, bears. This friendly book is sure to appeal to educators and caregivers looking for an accessible and kid-friendly introduction to mindfulness. A breath of fresh air. - Kirkus Reviews
Breathe Like a Bear teaches kids how to flex their mindfulness muscles and be calm, focused, imaginative, energized and relaxed. Kira Willey offers up fun activities that are sure tocaptivate young audiences and start them developing positive energy-producinghabits for their physical and mental well-being. And as Michelle KelseyMitchell points out in the foreword, Children who practice mindfulnessare better able to self-regulate, have improved social skills... anddemonstrate higher self-esteem. Accentuating the engaging exercises aredelightful illustrations of animals and nature portrayed in strikingly boldcolors. This enjoyable, interactive book is a sneaky way to promote a healthyapproach to life with the small people you value most.
-Shelf Awareness --This text refers to the library edition.
About the Author
Anni Betts is a professional illustrator who creates vibrant, cheerful drawings for books, magazines, advertisements, greeting cards, and more. Originally from Illinois, she now lives in Durham, England, with her archaeologist husband, new son, and adorable dog. When not illustrating, she can be found exploring the historic sights and natural beauty of Europe, baking sweets, going for long walks, and sewing colorful clothes to wear.
Charon Normand-Widmer is an anthropologist with a background in biology. When not reading textbooks for fun, she likes to spend her time hiking in the woods or dancing or both. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B06Y5ZGXFL
- Publisher : Rodale Kids (December 5, 2017)
- Publication date : December 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 15864 KB
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- Print length : 96 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #288,492 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. Each meditation is bite-sized. The brevity makes it seem more do-able to my kids even when they are extremely dysregulated.
2. The illustrations are engaging, inviting, pleasant to look at, colorful.
3. The imagery in each meditation makes it easy for kids to focus on their senses - for example, holding a candle or a cup of hot chocolate.
4. There are enough meditations to choose from that the kids can easily find one they feel like doing in any given moment without it being the same thing every time.
5. Even though I'm the one reading it to them and making them do it, it helps that the instructions are coming from a third party (the book) so that it's not just Boring Mom and Dad telling them what to do.
We have mainly used this book in two ways. One is as a transition from our bedtime routine into getting in bed. We have them turn on their flashlights and sit in bed and we turn off the overhead light. Then we read one or two of the meditations for relaxing and we all do it together. After that we are able to turn off their flashlights and have them lay down for reading time. It sets the tone for bedtime and the kids really love it. The other way we have used the book is when one of the kids is really dysregulated. Our 8yo gets into manic episodes where she laughs hysterically, pushes her sisters, breaks every rule, etc and for the life of me I could not figure out a way to get her out of this mode. The other day when she was in one of these modes, I pulled her aside and had her do a few "be calm" meditations from the book with me and like magic she was a functioning child again. We also used it with our 6yo when she got into a spiraling tantrum where she just got herself into more and more and more trouble and couldn't stop. I told her she could earn back the privileges she had lost if she did a few meditations with me, and she just kept wanting to do more of them even after she had earned it back already. It really helped calm her and turn things around.
I'm sure there are a ton of ways to use this that we haven't taken advantage of yet. But so far just in these two different use cases it's been extremely helpful.
By Kelsey H on December 16, 2017
He struggles (although not often) with being easily overwhelmed, anxious, and upset. When he encounters a situation that upsets him, he works himself up until he can't even talk. These quickly calm him back down. This is exactly what we needed! We were on a vacation when he had panic attack at a fun "experience" that was about $50 per person due to overwhelming visuals and noises. He had been so excited to go, and had been talking about it for weeks. But ended up spending less than 10 minutes inside, and wouldn't go back in. It breaks my heart that we didnt have this book before then because I think he reasonably knows that certain things arent real but in the moment cant cope. There are SO many exercises in this book to help with SO many situations. This is the handbook that parents of sensitive kiddos need. Taking a moment to calm down can be fun. And other pages include instructions on how to "send positive thoughts" and other important conversation starters for little ones.
By Unknown on December 26, 2018
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lovely way to bring more mindfulness and calm