Angel Bear Yoga!!! I love the idea of it…so much so that I took the training course with Christi Eley, creator of ABY. I am now an ABY Certified Instructor!
I started the program with my five year old daughter last week. We started off slowly, doing the 15 minute activity. I chose to start with the character trait “acceptance” to tie in with the turtle themed homeschool science class Hannah participated in last week at White Clay Creek State Park (our first experience there, and it was great).
Hannah really enjoyed discussing turtles, so I thought the add-on at home would be appropriate. We read one book suggested in the ABY lesson book, The Turtle Who Felt Boxed In by Taylor Brandon. Hannah loves it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our hands on a paper copy of it through our library or Amazon because it is out of print, so we bought the kindle version. We also read a book we already had on hand, The Foolish Tortoise, by Eric Carle, which is similar to the Turtle who Felt Boxed In. You wouldn’t really need both books, as they are so similar. That being said, we used the books as a learning opportunity and discussed the difference between turtles and tortoises.
We read the book five consecutive days and continued adding on to the ABY each day. There are two main characters used throughout the program, Angel Bear and his little friend Sweet Pea. We have a sweet little Panda Bear who we named Sweet Pea, but we do not have a large Panda for Angel Bear. After the first week, I realized this is something I will have to work on acquiring! There are so many acitivities to do with this program I feel like it really enriches our homeschooling experience. I will post more about ABY as we progress through the year. I hope this first post helps those who are looking into ABY, or who bought it, but aren’t sure how to start. Just dive in, it is wonderful! Oh, and start off reminding your children of the rules before you start: putting on their listening ears, staying on their mat so they don’t leave the enchanted forest, etc. it REALLY helped us. Best wishes!!