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Art, Art, and more Art

Wowza, what a fun start to Summer. We have created, planted, played, collaborated and learned. Arts & Minds Camps are a blast!

Off all the Camps I have planned for this Summer

I am most excited for ALL ABOUT ART WEEK June 26th – June 30th.

All About Art is exciting because of 3 reasons

  • Making a Mess: Sensory Play is necessary for kids and adults of ALL AGES. And messy art will do it! 

  • Making our Mark: We have the great opportunity to contribute to the Community Garden at the Denver Green School. We've already planted some lettuce and herbs, let's watch them grow, and make some edible Art.

    AND

  • Art Show: We'll have an Art Show for Families at all THREE locations on Friday June 30th. Stay tuned if your kiddo attends with details. 

We're teaching our children at Camp, its about the process not product. We (children and adults) are SO proud of ourselves when we create something new.  We want our littles to enjoy how it feels to create regardless of what the outcome is. My Counselors and I's goal is to support our littles through their own discovery and creation. At Arts & Minds, Art is explored through encouragement and reflection.

You may here your kiddo say, “My counselor told me she loves my color choice.” Rather than, “I drew a perfect yellow Sun.” If your kiddo wants to color the Sun Lime Green, that's just fine with us!

One of my family's favorite books is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt. In this book, “Black (crayon) wants to be used for more than just outlining!” We love the revolt again conformity and how this book celebrates creative expression. My kids don't necessarily say this, but they get the gist.

Children are intuitively creative, they have nothing but imagination. It is the MOST fun exploring this with them, because they really do come up with the coolest stuff. Bring it on little artists! 

Registration is still available at all three locations.

I can't wait to show y'all what we come up with....

xoxo, Rebecca 

March Blog 2017

3 Things I’ve Learned from Kid Yogis

Meet Rachael.... Arts & Mind's Intern Extraordinaire / Enrichment Teacher / Kid Whisperer. 

We love Rach - and she loves teaching Kids... This is why. 

When I started my personal yoga practice, I understood yoga to be a time when you came to your mat to digest and unwind from all of life’s insanity. But since becoming certified to teach children’s yoga, every yoga class I’ve taught has shown me that yoga is so much more than just a space to decompress. 

 

1. Yoga is FUN

While yoga is a great space to center yourself and be serious, there is an opportunity to be playful and relaxed, which is one of the biggest things I have learned from little yogis. Fall out of tree pose? Instead of getting frustrated that your balance is off that day and allowing that frustration to fester, giggle at the silliness that is ‘fallen tree pose’ and move on! There is no reason to expect progress to be linear, which I am guilty of occasionally accepting as fact. 

 

2. Yoga is so much more than just the poses

It’s easy to get caught up in the physical asana of yoga when your practice is based around the hour you spend practicing different poses, but in kids yoga the format of a class is different. We spend time on breathing, or pranayama, in every class I teach. We also take time to practice yoga off the mat by doing things like picking up trash in our community to creating thank you cards for our school!

 

3. everyBODY can do yoga!

I sometimes look around a yoga class and see that everyone is similar in their needs, they all seem to be able-bodied and are able to focus on the teacher long enough to finish the class. In kids’ yoga, little yogis come from all over the board! I’ve had children with physical impairments be my MVY (most valuable yogi) and it’s a surprise if I don’t have at least one child who struggles with hypersensitivity in each class. But you know what? The unique characteristics that each kid brings to our class is what makes teaching kids so much fun! Yoga offers the opportunity to learn and grow, and everyone is entitled to that chance.