Whether you are a parent, teacher, or librarian, if you interact with children you know children get antsy and need to move to regain focus and increase comprehension. Breathing and stretching the body helps increase blood flow which in-turn gets the mind ready to get back to learning. I have tied a yoga sequence to many popular children's picture books to tie literature to movement and give your children or students a fun and interactive brain break. Use these brain breaks during story time or as a follow up to review the story and help with comprehension (Who did the we meet next? Yes, a dog! Do downward dog pose.) Have fun, breath, and have an Ommazing time!
Being an ESE teacher for over 16 years, I had a wide range of students. Most of my experience was in a self-contained class for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Nearly every year, I had atleast one or two students that needed a little more than what the standard curriculum could give them. They needed more visuals, less items on a page, less choices, less words, etc. I have begun to create sequencing and comprehension packets for popular children's picture books like Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson and Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows. Each packet utilized Boardmaker images that students use to sequence the story and to answer comprehension questions that tie to common core standards and their related access points. Each packet also has atleast one to two writing activites. The list will continue to grow so keep checking back and if you make a book suggestion and I have enough interest in that title, I will send the PDF packet to you for FREE as a thank you for the suggestion. Happy reading!
In addition to being a certified teacher, I am also certified to teach children's yoga through Kidding Around Yoga, an amzing program that teaches children the value of yoga through poses or asanas, breathing, being mindful, using meditation, and being kind to others all thorugh original music, games, and activities. My home base is in Martin and St. Lucie County, FL but as I am traveling with my family in 2018 I have the opportunity to teach pop-up and guest classes throughout the United States. Click to see where in the world I will be in 2018 to get more information or to schedule a class at a school, library, park, festival, etc. If I can not accomodate your location, I will help you find someone who can through our amazing KAY teachers that are spread throughout the US and world.
Welcome to Ommazing Kids! My name is Mariann Primus. Please allow me to share a little about me and how this space came to be.
I am a certified ESE teacher. I taught for over 16 years in Florida, primarily with students on the Autism Spectrum. It was my honor to represent my former school as Teacher of The Year in 2014. I loved teaching. I loved my students but there was alot about the policies, testing, and such that I did not love. It went against my philosophies as a special needs teacher so I started on a mission to find a way to feel more fulfilled, be true to myself, but still be creative and have contact with children. In 2015 I became certified with Kidding Around Yoga as a children's yoga instructor. After the 2016 school year, I left the classroom but continued teaching as a tutor for special needs students, K-12, especially for homeschooled families. I run kids yoga classes at libraries, festivals, yoga studios, and privately. Toward the end of 2016, I combined my passions and began creating yoga brain breaks on Teachers Pay Teachers, https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Spoonful-Of-Love-And-Learning. These yoga sequences are adapted for many popular children's books, such as The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett, The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle, and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack and many, many more. My store is always growing so check back often. 🙂
It is my goal to offer ways for teachers, parents and caregivers to give their children and students tools to manage stress and make learning FUN!
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