Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 Week 9: Tatty Bumpkin's POSE for the Week is SUN!

By Sue Heron – Training Co-ordinator Tatty Bumpkin and Paediatric Physiotherapist

The pose for this week in Tatty Bumpkin classes is SUN POSE; in the sessions your child will go on an adventure with Tatty Bumpkin zooming up into space to visit the planets that go round the sun.


What SUN POSE Looks Like

Reach and stretch out like an enormous Sun!

How To Do It (What to tell your child)

Start in sitting, kneeling or standing, and stretch your arms out to either side – see how wide you are! Now move your arms above your head so your palms are touching and look up at your hands – feel how tall you are! Slowly take your arms back down to your sides and look straight ahead. You have made a big sun shape with your arms with you head in the middle!

Note to parents: your child is likely to find Sun pose easier to do in sitting compared to standing as sitting is a more stable position; they are closer to the floor and have more of their body on the floor. If your child is younger encourage them to start doing Sun pose in sitting so they can concentrate on stretching their arms out wide and above their head.


Want to Make it Harder?

Encourage your child to take a big breath in as they raise their arms above their head and then to breathe all the way out as they lower their arms back down to their sides.

Why it is ‘Good For Me’

Even young children can spend a great deal of time sitting and playing with objects and toys held in front of them, everyone loves investigating mobile phones and computers! In this playing position your child may tend to slump and hunch their shoulders. When your child does Sun pose they open their arms out wide, and expand their chest giving their chest, arm, shoulder & back muscles a really great stretch! 

As your child moves their head to look up at their hands and then straight ahead they are stretching and strengthening their neck muscles and refining their postural skills i.e. keeping their body still whilst they move just their head. Your child will use this selective head and neck movement in the class room when they are looking up to the white board.

By doing big breaths with Sun pose your child will become more aware of their breathing and what it feels like to take deeper breaths. When they breathe in as they raise their arms above their head your child will be giving their chest muscles an even bigger stretch.

Make it Multi-Sensory, Educational & Fun

Through the magic of a Tatty Bumpkin class Sun pose can become both a multi-sensory and an educational activity. In Tatty Bumpkin classes we always try to stimulate a variety of senses, to add to the fun, give choice & to help the learning process.

If your child is attending a Tatty Bumpkin class this week they will have the opportunity to zoom as rockets into space, stretching out in sun pose and exploring the planets. They will visit Mars, space-walking to a Tatty Bumpkin rhythm track and Jupiter to balance red spots.These multi-sensory activities will promote your child’s engagement, concentration skills and creativity, all vital aspects of the learning process.

All our classes are linked to the new 2012 EYFS framework meaning that your child will have the opportunity to progress in all areas of their development, giving them a truly holistic experience. 

Children love doing things together, by watching others they also learn a great deal – often finding out a better way of doing things.

Wrapping sun pose inside a story, means your child will get involved in the story and find sun pose and the other activities more meaningful and hence more fun to do. In the 'Tatty Bumpkin Space Adventure' your child and Tatty Bumpkin explore all eight planets learning about their different worlds - tiny Mercury, the volcanoes on Venus, hot, red Mars, the red spot of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn ..!

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