545. Sharing at the Sanctuary: a meditation and bedtime story for children

545. Sharing at the Sanctuary: a meditation and bedtime story for children

Kian Koala learns that it’s more fun to share and play with others when new toys arrive at the Ahway Island Animal Sanctuary.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4;21

Sharing At The Sanctuary Excerpt:

“Hey everyone!” Kiera Koala called out from her tree, pointing to the ground. Some of the other animals in the Ahway Island Animal Sanctuary looked over to her, wondering why she was so excited this morning.

 

“Look what arrived at the Sanctuary today!” Keira exclaimed.

 

On the ground was a huge box. It’s lid was open, revealing its contents: all sorts of colorful and fun-looking toys that everyone could play with!

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating on a cloud, and relax into the feeling of lightness.

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one?  You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Mystery Jug,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Sharing At The Sanctuary” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

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

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

We can’t wait to see you next time on Ahway Island!
206. BCAI: Camouflaged Cardboard: a relaxing bedtime story

206. BCAI: Camouflaged Cardboard: a relaxing bedtime story

Using their imagination the kids bring Chance the Cardboard Box back to the colorful planet. What will happen this time?

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 “Camouflaged Cardboard” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final Dragon Breath: 11:19

Camouflaged Cardboard Show Excerpt:

Sunlight rested on the cardboard box in the living room.  It was a bright sunny morning and the little kitty had already left the comfy box to find breakfast.  Chance was ready for another adventure and hoped the kids would play soon.  The cardboard box really wished that they would return to the colorful planet.  Chance could hear the clanking of silverware and dishes in the kitchen.  Breakfast was over, maybe now it would be time to play.

 

The kids ran into the living room and the girl said. “I know it’s your turn to pick what we do, but do you want to visit the colorful planet again?”

 

“I was going to say that if you didn’t.” her brother replied.  “We have so much more to explore there.”  And with that they both hopped into the cardboard box and readied their imaginations.  Chance felt excited, that was exactly what he had hoped for.

 

“Buckle up!” The girl said. “Buckled and ready for take off!” her brother replied.

 

The kids leaned back in the box as Chance prepared for lift off.  Suddenly the box took off and headed straight up.  The ceiling of the room disappeared and Chance was free, rocketing up through the fluffy clouds and into the sky.  The kids looked back and watched their house, their town, their world, fade from sight.  They were surrounded by twinkling stars.  Straight ahead was the planet. The colors swirled in soothing patterns as they approached.

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

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Nap Time,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Camouflaged Cardboard” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

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!”

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
541. Stormy Music: a kids’ meditation and story

541. Stormy Music: a kids’ meditation and story

Anora and Julia have a sleepover together at Anora’s house. Together they learn that the rain is not so scary after all.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4:15

Stormy Music Excerpt:

Anora jumped off the couch when she heard the doorbell ring. “I’ll get it!” she exclaimed out to her mom as she ran toward the front door. She practically jumped all the way there! When she reached the door, she twisted the doorknob and swung the door wide open, then opened her arms wide to greet her friend with a hug.

 

“Julia!” exlaimed Anora. “You made it! Hurry and come in!”

 

Julia hugged Anora back tight, overjoyed to see her friend again. The two girls hadn’t seen each other in a while as Anora had been away for several weeks.  They were so excited to see each other again. The girls had been friends for their whole lives and loved to spend time together, even though Julia was a little older than Anora. Anora didn’t have any siblings, so she felt Julia was like a big sister. And Julia always appreciated how kind Anora was to everyone.

 

Today’s Meditation: Relax your whole body from head to toe in this meditation.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Nap Time,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Stormy Music” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

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

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

We hope you enjoyed this week’s story, Stormy Music. See you next time!
204. BCAI: Birdie Blues: a mindful children’s story

204. BCAI: Birdie Blues: a mindful children’s story

As the summer birds leave Carrie the Cardinal feels a little blue. Then she discovers there are others who stay too. Will she make some new friends?

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 “Birdie Blues” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:18

Birdie Blues Show Excerpt:

There was a chill in the air as the dragon stepped outside the cozy cave.  The dragon smiled, admiring how the plants sparkled with morning frost. A cool breeze twirled around the happy dragon.  The dragon shivered and gave itself a big warm hug.

 

Looking off into the trees the dragon thought about how the animals had begun to slow down, and seemed a little sleepy.  The dragon noticed the birds nestled in their trees, fluffed into little balls to keep themselves warm.   It was time for some of the birds to travel to warmer places, and the dragon was ready to help the ones who stayed.

 

The caring dragon was ready with a hug or to make a little fire for the birds and animals to warm themselves.  It’s good to know a friendly fire breathing dragon when the weather gets chilly.

 

Carrie the Cardinal watched the dragon disappear back into its cozy cave and then sang a sweet melody. She listened eagerly for her friend Gerry the robin to add the next verse.  The little cardinal sat quietly waiting for music to drift back to her through the crisp air.

 

After a couple of minutes, Carrie decided to go check on her friend. She flew over to Gerry’s nest and noticed that the robin was very busy.

Today’s Meditation: Gently sway like the graceful willow tree in today’s meditation.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Magical Chair,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Birdie Blues” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

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!”

 

Thank you for listening to this Be Calm on Ahway Island Friday Favorite Episode!
202. BCAI: New Ways: a kids’ relaxation and story

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.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Nap Time” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “New Ways” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

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!”

 

Thanks for listening! We hope you’ve enjoyed this Friday Favorites
532. Snorkel Surpise: a relaxation & conclusion of our special celebration story

532. Snorkel Surpise: a relaxation & conclusion of our special celebration story

Alice’s dad gave her a snorkel for her birthday, and today she’s going to snorkel for the very first time!

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4:12

Snorkel Surprise Excerpt:

It was a beautiful sunny day on Ahway Island. “Are you excited?” Alice’s mom asked. Alice had just buckled herself into her booster seat in the back seat of the car, but mom wanted to double-check that the seatbelt was fastened properly. Alice raised her arms high so her mom could double-check the belt.

 

“Of course!” Alice cheered. “I love the beach!”

 

Alice’s favorite place to visit was the beach. She knew there were a lot of beautiful and colorful fish that lived in the water, but she had never gotten to see them up close before.

Today’s Meditation: Enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one?  You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Mystery Jug,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Snorkel Surprise” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

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

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

We hope you had a relaxing time with us on Ahway Island!