The Environment is our focus at Rayito de Sol this week. And that opens up a world of possibilities for learning and fun. As you will see a little later on in this post, Earth Yoga is an activity that uses movement to stimulate learning in little brains about our earth.

But first let’s discuss a very important routine for any learning environment: washing your hands. There’s a right way and wrong way to do it, so make sure you are practicing the 5 steps recommended by the CDC:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” (preferably in Spanish) song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

There are many more simple routines a family with small children can practice to instill responsible, environmentally friendly behaviors. For example, here is a song that you can sing with your little ones in Spanish to make tidying up more fun when you’re hunkered down at home.

Sing to the melody “Clean up, clean up”

Limpia, limpia guarda todo en su lugar,

Limpia, limpia todos deben cooperar !

Earth Yoga In Action.

Learning at Rayito de Sol happens both in the classroom and in the home. While we know that Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, and Sisters are all great teachers, we’d like to add Mother Earth to your list this week. The video below showcases a routine that involves breathing techniques and yoga poses to stimulate your child’s thinking about the environment.

We hope you are (pleasantly) surprised to see yoga as an environmental teaching tool. When you study yoga in greater detail you will notice that this routine does a wonderful job of aligning even little bodies and minds with the calm you find in nature.

Consider for a moment the word “hatha” which is commonly used to describe the physical aspects of yoga. This ancient word is derived from ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon”, which sounds like a story you might both share at bedtime.

So why not work this into your own routine of reading stories to your kids this week? You know the Spanish word “Sol” for sun and you can add the Spanish word “Luna” for moon to make up your own special story. We are sure “Mother” will approve!