I love talking with kids. And listening to them. Especially young children. Kids are eager to share their thoughts and ideas, their feelings and knowledge. Sometimes I am amazed, other times I am amused, and sometimes I feel deeply touched. Sometimes I just laugh. This was one of those times.
I was working with one of my students on handwriting. (I work with mildly autistic first graders who need some one-to-one support.) As part of our handwriting program, the student mirrors me as we do “hand exercises” together before she picks up a pencil or marker. We do simple isometric exercises to help to stretch and relax her hands and fingers.
On this occasion as we began by pressing our palms together, I remarked that our exercises reminded me of yoga. I felt certain that, as my hands struck a prayer-like pose, I must have been in some kind of yoga position.
My first grader giggled. She said, “It’s not like yoga!”
I was curious. Maybe she doesn’t know what yoga is, I thought. After all, she is only in first grade.
She giggled some more before enlightening me.
“Yoga is in Star Wars!”
Now I laughed. 😉
May the force be with you!