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.

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 “New School,” 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 School!” 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) or on our Amazon Alexa Skill page. 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!

One more thing: did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you enjoy the calming videos and share our channel with others!

In the press:

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

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

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.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

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

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
443. Dragon’s New Friends: a calming bedtime and nap time story

443. Dragon’s New Friends: a calming bedtime and nap time story

Anora leads Javier, Brian, and Winfield through the forest to meet Dragon.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:28

Dragon’s New Friends Excerpt:

Anora danced in her living room, eager to see Javier and Brian. They would be there any minute. She noticed a bit of movement outside and hurried to the front door. Even before Javier and Brian had pushed the doorbell, Anora had opened the door, smiling widely.

“Are you guys ready for another hike?” she asked.

Javier and Brian returned her smile and shouted, “Yes!” They were just as excited as Anora to be exploring the forest.

Anora skipped out the door and said, “Follow me!”

She led them through the meadow next to her house. The tall grasses and wildflowers rippled with each passing breeze. The three friends stopped for a moment and took a deep Dragon Breath, in and out.

“Ahhh,” Javier said with a smile, enjoying the delicate scent of the flowers.

 

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

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 “Dragon’s New Friends,” 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 “Dragon’s New Friends!” 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:

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

We’re honored that the website of Aitkin County, Minnesota lists us as a resource for boosting mental health in kids during COVID-19. The website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems also includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

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.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

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

Thank you for being calm with us on Ahway Island!
435. First Snowfall: a mindful bedtime story

435. First Snowfall: a mindful bedtime story

Owen enjoys the first snowfall of the season by going sledding with a new friend.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 9:15

First Snowfall Excerpt:

According to the calendar, the first official day of winter wouldn’t come for another month, but to Owen, it seemed that winter had definitely arrived in his neighborhood! Overnight, the first snow of the season had fallen all across Ahway Island, covering the neighborhoods, forests, and beaches with a thick blanket of snow.

Fluffy white flakes piled on top of each other on the window sill as Owen gazed outside. He watched, entranced, as more and more flakes slowly floated down to the ground, covering the snow that had fallen overnight with ever-thickening sheets across the front lawn. Owen smiled. He had always loved falling snow, and the first snow of the year was always a particularly joyous event. He knew that when he went outside, he would experience that special, quiet hush unique to a world covered with freshly fallen snow.

Owen watched for a few more minutes, just quietly enjoying the sight. The peaceful beauty of a snowy world was one of his favorite things and he just wanted to watch silently for a little while. But after a couple minutes, a thought occurred to Owen. The snow was probably thick enough for sledding!

Gazing through the window, Owen looked down the block to see the hill at the end of his street. All the children in the neighborhood called the hill “the sledding hill,” no matter what time of the year it was. Today, the hill stood tall and white and ready for some the season’s first sledding tracks!

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

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 “First Snowfall,” 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 “First Snowfall!” 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:

We’re honored that the website of Aitkin County, Minnesota list us as a resource for boosting mental health in kids during COVID-19.

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

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.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

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

Thank you for listening to Be Calm on Ahway Island today!