Imagine a story that while children listened, they moved along with the action? That is the concept behind Move With Me Action Adventures, a series of DVDs about Scooter and Boy. We know from brain research that movement improves cognitive function. But, sometimes it’s hard to get our kids to move enough! The Action Adventures DVDs engage children in movement while building listening skills, literacy foundations, strength, flexibility, and even social skills. I’m a huge fan because I love them as much as my girls do!
Each video is 25 – 30 minutes and includes movements form yoga, Brain Gym, PE standards and educational research. Plus, the stories teach social-emotional lessons like belly breathing, drink water, and eat fruits and vegetables. I love the way the teacher speaks with kindness and warmth. She’s amazing.
The adventures are told by our instructor, Wendy Piret, who captivates her audience, us, with a story while we move with her. In the Body Series, the first strength story, The Birthday Gift, tells about the Boy who gets the best birthday gift ever, a Scooter. She tells how the boy rides it and we ride along, pushing our legs out. Then, we become the tree that the Scooter is leaned against and forgotten. What will become of the Scooter? Will Boy return? Watch Scooter & Me ~ The Birthday Gift from Move With Me on Vimeo.
The next story is Monkeying Around at the Zoo and helps with flexibility. Monkey wants to learn what makes each animal special so he climbs out of his cage and we climb, too, and visits each animal. We learn how the giraffes nibble leaves waaaay up in the tall trees, and we nibble the leaves. And how the tortoise is special because he can tuck up into his own protective shell and we practice being tortoise. But, what makes monkey special? Will he find out?
Possum’s Tail is the third video about balance, a story that both my girls love. I watched them follow along with the story, unaware how much movement they were doing, and trying to figure out what would happen next. They both were totally engaged!
The next series, the Mind Series, is also 3 DVDs: Lost and Found in Africa about Character, Robot Makes a New Friend on the Moon about curiosity, and Set Sail about Choices.
Finally, the Heart Series DVDs include: Tortoise, Hare and Dragon about perseverance, Coral Reef about acceptance, and A Beautiful Dream about relationship.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the other skills the DVDs teach, each DVD features one of the following lessons:
I recently spoke with Leah Kalish, creator of Move With Me Action Adventures and found out that she has extensive experience as an educator, yoga teacher and trainer. Among other things, she co-authored the Planet Decks for Barefood Books and is the featured instructor in Gaiam’s Yoga Fitness for Kids videos. She’s also available to train teachers or give presentations. This company is a work of love and her passion and I encourage you to spread the word and get her product, it’s really exceptional.
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