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It’s as easy as ABC. The Letter Sound Yoga app makes learning the sounds of the alphabet active.
Pop a squat with your little one indoors or out and follow Letter Sound Yoga’s kid-friendly yoga poses on your smart device. The new educational health app designed for kids ages 3–12, parents, and teachers by California elementary school and yoga teacher, Danette Stephan. The app ($2.99 at Appstore) follows a book, DVD, and Pose Cards of the same name.
Letter Sound Yoga serves as a mobile fitness program providing a series of playful and calming postures, each of which correspond with a letter of the alphabet. Kids can either practice the entire alphabet from A–Z, or pick and choose from the menu of letters in creative ways. They can yoga their name, the day of the week, or any word they want to practice to. Stephan encourages kids during school lessons to choose a vocabulary word and yoga the word to add some movement to their school day.
On an educational note, each letter pose and video is designed around letter sounds and pronunciations (think “wh,” “ch,” “th”). The practice is set up systematically, so children practice each of the many sounds associated with each letter. For instance, the letter “C” is represented by several poses in the App: Cat, Cow, Circle and Child.
Give A, B, and C a try with your child now.
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A = Arrow with Angles
Repeat: “A” is the first letter in the Alphabet. “A” is for Arrow with Angles. Repeat out loud, “Arrow with Angles.”
Come in to the top of a push-up, we are going to roll onto the outer edge of our right foot, left arm up and make an arrow with angles with our body. Then we’ll repeat on the other side.
B = Bending Bow
What comes after A? B!
Let’s lower our body to the mat on our bellies, reach back and grab the ankles, lift up and say, “Bending Bow.”
C= Cat. Cow, Circle, and Child
What comes after B? C!
Press yourself up and come onto your hands and knees. Round your back and tuck your chin to your chest and say “cow.” Drop your belly button to the floor and say, “Cow.”
Now lift your body and extend your arms up and make a big circle, palms touch at the top and say, “Circle.”
Your hands come back to your heart, when you put “C” and “H” together you get the “Ch” sound. Drop your sit bones back to your heels and rest your arms. Bring your head down to the mat for “Child Pose.”
ABOUT ERIKA PRAFDER
Erika Prafder is a veteran writer and product reviewer for The New York Post and the author of a book on entrepreneurship. A long-time yoga enthusiast and Hatha yoga teacher, she edits KidsYogaDaily.com, a news source for young yogis. The working mother of three resides in a beach community in Long Island, New York.