Did you know yoga is not just for adults? There are now Yoga classes for kids! According to local yoga  instructor, Shannon Herps of Little Lotus Studio, the popularity of kid’s yoga is on the rise, children as young as 5 now attending health and wellbeing classes. “ With kids yoga, it’s important to keep the children engaged. Each week has a different focus, with themes covered including coping with emotions, resilience, compassion and gratitude. As well as light-hearted topics such as trips to the beach, going camping and other imaginative adventures. In our classes we play games, move our bodies through yoga poses, read books and at the end of every class, relax” explains Shannon.

We host Shannon at PELC every Thursday afternoon in the school terms. Shannon is a trained high school educator, having taught in local schools for over 17 years. Her love of yoga grew as she discovered how it reduced her stress and gave her much needed ‘me time’ and decided to pursue the teaching qualifications to be able to share her love and passion for yoga. Shannon then completed additional Kids Yoga teaching qualifications to bring more yoga into classrooms and early learning centres. She teaches yoga classes for adults at local gyms and yoga studios as well as teaching children at primary schools and high schools. Her favourite pose is Tree. To follow her adventures on facebook.

Karate by Sensi Holly

“As a child in primary school, I found I was quite uncoordinated and didn’t really grasp the concept of using my arms and legs at the same time. My school hosted a karate day and this is where I fell in love with everything to do with karate. I quickly joined Hawkesbury martial arts my local dojo and my journey began. I officially commenced training for my black belt when I was 8 years old. This also included my first year in the NSW state karate team and my first National karate appearance. Thought the years of training, I learned the importance of discipline and self-control, my coordination improved tremendously and my overall confidence in myself and my abilities made me who I am today. After 5 long years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, I was awarded my black belt which is my greatest achievement in my life so far. Since then, I have gone on to complete my second Dan black belt, became the 3rd highest ranked karate fighter in Australia and have travelled around the world to compete against the world’s best. I extended my love for Karate and became an instructor to past down my knowledge and help children and adults to unlock their full potential.” Explained Holly.

Karate is a great way for children to improved their skills and confidence. Using their coordination, memory and teamwork. Understanding discipline and self-control within a safe environment. It also comes with valid life lessons and tools to help children in all aspects of life. Karate is also a great source of fitness as it entails all sorts of different skills and movements.

We host Sensei Holly Every Wednesday Midday at PELC.

Hair Day By Insignia

There is something about haircuts and grooming which can trigger anxiety and resistance in some children — followed by frustration and exasperation in their parents.

Haircuts, in particular, bring a host of challenges for your child. A salon in itself carries a plethora of new noises and smells. Sensitive ears and noses can be easily overwhelmed. The strong distinctive smells may not only be offensive to your child’s nose, but could also trigger a headache or nausea. And don’t forget the noises, from loud hair dryers to the buzzing of razors to the snipping of scissors. Maybe this is nothing to you, but it could mean shear agony — no pun intended — for your child.

This is why we bring hair day to you every six weeks with the help of the Insignia team. Your child is already familiar with our service and setting, they’re encouraged by their friends who are also getting their hair cut.

This is a great opportunity to allow our service to guide your child toward recognizing their sensitivities, decreasing frustration and generally empowering them. And who knows? Maybe your child may even come to enjoy grooming!

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Reading Eggs

Learning to read can be easy and fun!

At PELC we have paid for your child’s subscription, reading eggs is used in primary schools and is tool schools are using for home schooling. We really encourage families to be doing reading eggs at home.

ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.

And it really works!

Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.