202. BCAI: New Ways: a kids’ relaxation and story

Ian is busy working on a project when his teacher asks him to try doing something differently. How will Ian do?

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “New Ways” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:39

New Ways Show Excerpt:

The classroom was busy as everyone found their seats. As he sat down, Ian checked the magnet schedule on the board to see if it matched the schedule on his desk.  It did.  A worksheet was next.  Mr. Smith handed the papers out and explained what they would need, placing magnets on the board as he said each item.  “OK everyone, Please take out your scissors, glue and markers.”


Ian quickly took out each item, as Mr. Smith put the magnet on the board.  When told to begin, Ian started coloring the pieces of his paper puzzle.  Then, according to the instructions, Ian began cutting each piece out.  Now, it was time to glue.  Ian did not like gluing things.


It was messy and glue always got all over his fingers.  The marker ink got all over his fingers too, once the paper became soggy from the glue. He usually made 2-3 trips to the bathroom to wash his hands. Oh well, Ian thought and began to squeeze glue onto the back of one of the puzzle pieces.


Once it was completely covered, he set the piece in place, and as usual, glue got all over his fingers. Ian touched his finger and thumb together then pulled them apart, feeling the stickiness of the glue.

Today’s Meditation: Rest among the twinkling stars with today’s meditation.

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In the press:

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”


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