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Ms. Amy SJ from Minneapolis MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Now and Zen: Bringing Yoga and Mindfulness to the Classroom

My students need Yoga and Mindfulness storybooks, coloring pages, and activity cards to enhance their daily practice.

  • $619 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of children. They come from many different countries and speak many different languages. Many of my students have come from refugee camps where they (and some of their parents) were born and raised. Many did not have access to organized school/education. For some, my school is their first experience in a brick and mortar school setting.

Many of my students live busy lives - they attend school all-day, Monday thru Friday, they attend daycare in the evenings and then attend dugsiga (religion school) on the weekends.

My Project

Childhood stress has increased in the past few decades, with about 40% of kids reporting that they worry too much. (KidsMatter) Many of my students have experienced multiple stressful situations: transitions of many kinds, family finances, physical and emotional stress, personal or family illness, and separation from family members, to name a few. These stressful situations often create trauma and manifest as anxiety, depression, withdrawal and/or lashing out.

"Visiting Feelings", "I Am Human: A Book of Empathy", "The Day You Begin", and "Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self Compassion" will be great resources for my classroom.

These are stories that validate feelings and emotions and encourage young people to face their fears or challenges.

On the other hand, "Yoga Frog", "Moody Cow Meditates" and "Parker Pig Goes to Yoga" are fun and silly ways to talk about finding inner-peace. These books are a light-hearted balance to some of the more "serious" books.

Ms. Amy SJ
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monthly Kids Yoga Themes: Quick and easy yoga ideas for every month of the year • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Imaginations 2: Relaxation Stories and Guided Imagery for Kids (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Imaginations 3: Guided Meditations and Yoga for Kids (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Yoga Frog • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Yoga for Kids: On and Beyond the Mat • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Meditation Chime Zenlink Yoga Chime Silver Chime-Tabletop Chimes Educational Musical Toy Percussion Instrument with Mallet-For Kids and adults. • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Moody Cow Meditates • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Yawning Yoga • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Silence • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
ABC for Me: ABC Mindful Me: ABCs for a happy, healthy mind & body • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Meddy Teddy: A Mindful Journey • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Visiting Feelings • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
Angry Octopus Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Rumor Has It (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Mind Bubbles: Exploring mindfulness with kids • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Parker Pig Goes to Yoga • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Be Where Your Feet Are! • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
ALEF-Bet Yoga for Kids • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Yoga for kid Coloring Book: A Fun coloring book Filled With Cute Yoga lover theme • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Be Good to Your Body--Learning Yoga (Dover Children's Activity Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Here Comes the Sun Yoga Coloring Book for Kids • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Yogi Fun kids yoga book for girls and boys with original yoga rhyming poems and coloring pages • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The ABCs of Yoga For Kids: A Book of Coloring • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95

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