Rachel's Day in the Garden
Act out a day in the garden with Rachel
Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly.
Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow!
Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.
Tried this out with my classroom of 2 year olds and they loved it! The story was simple, but held their attention and while some of the poses seemed challenging at first, with some guidance they were able to get them. I loved how it drew their awarness to how their bodies move.
I've already had requests to read it again!
I used Rachel's Garden with a group of 3 to 6 y/o's. I read it through 1st then read it with the yoga poses. They loved it!
The kids love Rachel's Day in the Garden. I love how they know the name if each pose! Great books!
My son is recently learning how to do yoga as part of his behavioural aid therapy as well as in his preschool. To say this lovely book was helpful is an understatement. My son has autism combined with Sensory Processing Disorder and with that can come problems with emotional regulation. Being able to copy the poses and read all about the character Rachel in the garden was a wonderful learning tool. His body and central nervous can go into fight or flight in the sympathetic part of his brain. As soon as he gets into a mindset to do the yoga poses then his para sympathetic part of his brain can take over and rest. The lovely illustrations allow his imagination to take over and be in the garden scenery with Rachel. As well as being comfortable in the yoga postures my son is learning to self regulate and bring all his senses into integration. It allows him to be active, engaged, and doing positive things for his mind, body, and spirit. What I loved the most about this book was that all the poses were incorporated into the story with using the name and also the demonstration. This book is a valuable tool for children and parents to teach them the value of having a calm body and mind. There is also information on how to use the book as well as the yoga postures broken down individually. This was a joy for me to read and participate in the relaxation and wonderment of enjoying this special time with my son. Jsack's Mom Blog
I really enjoyed using Rachel's Day in the Garden book with a group of toddlers! I run a family resource program for families. We are a charitable organization that provides services free to families with children newborn to 6 years. They really enjoyed the story that I projected up onto the wall and then use their yoga mats, towels, to do the poses along with Rachel. I think the parents and myself included were surprised at how well they did.