313. Island Sign: a bedtime story with guided meditation for kids

Anora and Alice go to the Ahway Island Forest to switch the old island sign with their brand new one to welcome visitors.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 10:22

Island Sign Excerpt:

Anora hummed her favorite melody as she skipped into the hallway and scooped up her tennis shoes. Anora slipped the shoes onto her feet. As she concentrated on tying the laces, she grew quiet. Anora tugged her laces tightly and they slipped right back apart. She sighed and took a deep dragon breath in and out. Feeling confident, Anora took the laces in her hands, again, and pictured each step. With that vision fresh in her mind Anora tried again. She tugged at the laces to tighten them. This time they stayed tight! Anora moved on to her other shoe. She reminded herself that she knew how to tie her shoes. Anora took the laces in her hands and now both shoes were tied. Anora hopped up and began to dance and sing. Her dad peaked around the corner to see what the celebration was about. “I tied my shoes by myself!” Anora sang as she gave him a great big hug.


“That’s great! Where are you going?” he asked as he hugged his proud daughter.


“I’m going to Alice’s house. We’re going to put our new Island sign up today. We hope people will see our sign and know they can relax here.”

Today’s Meditation: Happiness and love flow through you in this 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!”


We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode, stay safe and smile!