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Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Tale of Three Trees Lesson Plan by Rachel Glowacki

Kids Holy Yoga Lesson Plan + The Tale of Three Trees
A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
 "Adapted from THE TALE OF THREE TREES by Angela Elwell Hunt, 
published by Lion Publishing, all rights reserved." 
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Looking for an unique way to share the Easter message with your children that will increase their faith and literacy through their heart, mind, soul and strength? Well, look no further…

Kids Holy Yoga is proud to partner with Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 125 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels.

We believe that God’s ideas and truths are best presented to kids through story, for our Creator is the most wonderful storyteller ever; which is why we are delighted to share The Tale of Three Trees brought to life through Kids Holy Yoga. The intersection of story and movement increase literacy and comprehension, so put your faith into action and move along to The Tale of Three Trees with us.

The Tale of Three Trees originator is unknown, but it is a timeless tale that reveals how our dreams and hopes have been planted in our hearts long ago and how over time, they actually come into fruition in mysterious and sometimes painful ways. This folktale is a beautiful story to help young and old see how forgotten and shattered dreams come to life more than we can ever ask, dream or imagine!

Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Sometimes our hopes and dreams get shattered, so we think…

We are going to read “The Tale of THREE TREES: A TRADITIONAL FOLKTALE,” retold by Angela Elwell Hunt.

Simple Seated--Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting on a mountaintop. Breathe in and out slowly, as you dream about what you want to be when you grow up.

Read Story.

Mountain Pose--“Once upon a mountain top”

Forward Fold--Dream about what you want to be when you grow up

Reverse Swan Dive--3 times to represent the THREE TREES
Pose Series

Star Pose--The first little tree said--“I want to hold treasure.”

Boat Pose--The second little tree said--“I want to be a strong sailing ship.”

Tree Pose--The third little tree said--“I want to grow so tall.”

Mountain Climbers--“One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.”

Child’s Pose
Cat/Cow/Donkey--The first tree was “filled with hay for hungry animals.”

Canoe Pose--The second tree was “ too small and too weak to sail an ocean.”

Plank Pose--The third tree was “confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumber yard.” What happened?

Are their dreams coming true right now? No.
But, many years later…

Happy Baby--“The first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.”

Boat Pose--“The second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.”

Cross Pose--”The third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.”
Cool Down

Seated Forward Fold--Breathe in and out slowly and think about the THREE TREES.

Knees to Chest--Wrap your arms around your shins and give yourself a big hug.

Gentle Spinal Twist--Know that wherever you turn God is with you making your dreams come true.

Bedtime Pose--Relax your whole body like you are resting to go to sleep. Close your eyes and breathe in and breathe out. Think about the dreams of the trees and how their dreams came true. God plants dreams in our hearts and sometimes the way our dreams come true, don’t always go as we plan. But--“It made the first tree beautiful. It made the second tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.”

Simple Seated--“That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.”

Picture book of “The Tale of THREE TREES.”

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Palm Sunday Lesson Plan

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With Palm Sunday around the corner, we wanted to share with you a prayerful and playful way to bring the Palm Sunday story alive through a Kids Holy Yoga lesson plan, written by Kids Holy Yoga Instructor Rachel Glowacki. We are grateful to Thomas Nelson Publishing for granting us the rights to use excerpts from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook! It’s one of those bibles that young and old need to get hold of, so if you don’t have it, it is worth getting--

Bible Story/Verse/
Godly Principle
Palm Sunday - “Palm Sunday” from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, pgs. 204-205. Yoga lesson plan written by Rachel Glowacki, M-HYI/K-HYI.
“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (pg. 205 )
Hosanna means that God saves.
Palm Breath--Close your eyes and lift the palms of your hands in the air. Inhale your hands your wide. Exhale and close your hands. Repeat 3x.

Read the story about Palm Sunday. Remind class that before Palm Sunday, Jesus taught the disciples how to pray. Let’s warm up with a Son Salute.
The Lord’s Prayer to the SON Salute

Our Father—Mountain Pose with hands at heart center
Who art in heaven—Mountain Pose with lifting arms up towards Heaven
Hallowed be thy name—Forward Fold
Thy Kingdom come—Halfway lifted with hands resting on shins
Thy will be done—Plank Pose
On Earth—Melt to the floor
As it is in Heaven—Cobra or Upward Facing Dog
Give us this day our daily bread—Downward Facing Dog
Forgive us of our trespasses—Warrior One (Right Foot) or Modified Lunge
As we forgive those who trespass against us—Warrior One (Left Foot) or
Modified Lunge
And lead us not into temptation—Forward Fold
And deliver us from evil—Roll up slowly to Mountain Pose
For Thine is the Kingdom—Mountain with arms reaching up towards sky
The Power—Mountain with arms reaching left
The Glory—Mountain with arms reaching right
Forever and Forever—Mountain with arms reaching back overhead with a
gentle back bend
Amen—Mountain with hands back at heart center
Pose Series
Donkey Kicks--Jesus rode through the city on a donkey
Gate Pose--The gates were open for Him to enter
Table Pose--During the Passover Feast, there were was yummy food at the table
Mountain Climbers--The crowds ran to see Him!
Child’s Pose flow to Kneeling--Wave your palms in the air! “Blessed is Jesus, who comes in the name of the Lord!” (p. 205)
King on a Donkey Pose (aka Horse Stance)--Jesus rode into the city like a King
Forward Fold--The religious people shook their heads and said--No, he is not! Shake your heads no. Shake your heads yes and say--“YES, HE IS.”
Cool Down
Knees to Chest--Read Devotional from the Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young.
Gentle Spinal Twist--God is with us at all times.
Resting and Reflection
Rest on your back, close your eyes, lengthen your arms alongside your body with your palms lifting up. Smile and thank God that you are in the palms of His hands.
Bring in palm branches and have each child wave the branches three times and say together--“Hosanna! Hurray! The Son of David is here!” (p. 205)

Taken from Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by Sarah Young Copyright 2012 by Sarah Young. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson.