157. New School: a relaxation and story for your nap time routine

157. New School: a relaxation and story for your nap time routine

Today is Raj’s first day at his new school. He’s feeling nervous. Who will reach out with kindness first?

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 School” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

The Build Excerpt:

It was the first day at Raj’s new school. As he waited for the bus, he began to feel nervous. Raj imagined all kinds of things. He thought about the new friends he would meet. He thought about the new things he would learn this year. Then he took a deep dragon breath in and out and slowed his running thoughts. He knew that staying present would help him through this exciting day. So Raj took another deep breath in and out, and then he took one more deep breath in and out, feeling calm.

The bus pulled up and Raj stepped on, not sure where to sit. So, Raj sat down quickly in the front seat. Maybe on the way home, he would know who to sit by. Raj smiled at the kids across the aisle from him and they smiled back.

“That wasn’t too bad,” Raj thought.

The bus stopped again and again. Most of the kids got on, nodded hello to Raj, and then walked back further on the bus. Then at one bus stop two boys stepped on.

“Hi!” one boy said. “Haven’t seen you around before. I’m Owen and this is Andy.”

“I’m Raj,” Raj replied. “I just moved here.”

“Great! We’ll show you around. Do you mind if I sit here?”

Raj shook his head ‘no’ and Owen sat next to Raj. Andy sat in the seat behind them. The three boys chatted the rest of the way to the school.

When the bus stopped Andy said, “OK, follow us. We’ll show you what to do.”

Today’s Meditation: Feel your muscles relax as you check in with your body from head to toe.

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300. Magical Chair: a bedtime story on acceptance for kids

300. Magical Chair: a bedtime story on acceptance for kids

After moving to a new home, Winfield the wheelchair decides to help Brian find new friends.  Will the magical chair find them at a colorful park?

Kids meet individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Therefore, learning acceptance of others with disabilities is important to help children understand that differences are ok and valuable. Dim the lights, get your favorite blanket or sleep buddy and snuggle up for Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast with a soothing story encouraging empathy.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s bedtime story on acceptance, Magical Chair:

The little wheelchair waited patiently while the boy buckled into the comfy seat. Winfield the wheelchair could tell Brian felt lonely in their new town. The family had just moved in and the little boy missed all his friends. Outside the sun shined brightly on the winding sidewalk. That gave Winfield an idea. Maybe Brian would meet some kids if they explored the neighborhood. Brian’s dad must have understood what Winfield was thinking. He suggested, “Why don’t we go outside for a walk?

Today’s Meditation for kids: Feel your body fill with warmth and love as you send your loving energy to the world.

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Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast offers original bedtime, nap time stories & meditations for kids illustrating empathy.

Empathy is a critical skill for the healthy social emotional development of young children. And so Ahway Island offers stories crafted to assist you in teaching your children understanding and acceptance of others with differences. Our stories feature wonderful characters with disabilities. We take great care to create an environment that encourages empathy. In addition to all this, we help your little ones drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Just include us in your bedtime and nap time routines.

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As a result of your support you can check us out in the Washington Post article The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids by Frannie Ucciferri under the Best for Bedtime heading. We’re also proud to be included in the Top 40 Growth Mindset Podcasts for Kids from Big Life Journal. Discover our top 10 listing in Feedspot’s top 20 Kids Podcasts of 2019 ! Our most recent accolade is from ListenNotes, as one of 9 best podcasts for kids that entertain and educate! Thanks again and keep spreading the word!

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Thank you!  Check out this episode for another great bedtime story Mystery Jug: a calming bedtime and nap time story with a positive message