Over 3,000 School Websites List Edutaining Podcasts Of Social Emotional Lessons As Official COVID-19 Remote Learning, Soothing Everyone In The House
Seattle, WA (May 7, 2020) – Remember the expression stop the world: I want to get off? As parents, children and teachers have made the pivot to staying-at-home, everyone could use a daily dose of comforting words and a laugh. One amazing podcast series, The Imagine Neighborhood — a free download — is rolling out new episodes starting Monday, May 4 filled with 15-minute adventures with a child’s sense of wonder and worry in mind! The podcasts will have an added bonus of daily activities parents and/or teachers can supplement lessons heard.
Using their imaginations, youngsters are introduced to child friendly characters like Scotty and Macho who are about to embark on a spaceship adventure! Nervous jitters are part of the lesson. With each short story, age-appropriate social emotional lessons offer much-needed coping lessons for everyone in the house. At the breakfast table or just before bed, you can bet kids will be open to discussing their feelings.
The next block of episodes, with a whimsical twist, will be available to download from May 4 through June 15, 2020. Grownups can find them on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher, or anywhere podcasts are found. The fun-to-listen-to podcast series is free to download, with no advertisements.
New for the May/June podcasts will be daily online themes for both parents and teachers to supplement what they hear in short spurts. Visit https://www.imagineneighborhood.org/blog to add the daily activities to your Google Classroom or play along. Not surprisingly, more than 3,000 school websites have added The Imagine Neighborhood to its official remote learning roster!
On Monday families can listen to the podcast. On Tuesday, an “emotions experiment” is offered by Dr. Sherri, PhD (who serves as consultant on the podcasts). Wednesdays, families are treated to a Bonus Music episode – an interview with a Broadway composer! He explains how music can express a feeling. Each bonus episode will have a jingle with lyrics. Listeners are then encouraged to write their own lyrics and share with The Imagine Neighborhood. More audio and video lesson plans are shared on Thursdays and Fridays.
Already, more than 30,000 families have downloaded the amusing short episodes since the podcast series made its debut in March. From the comfort of a couch or a bed, families can snuggle and listen and learn. Mom bloggers were the first to toot the horn for this much-needed series, created for parents to listen along with their children.
“As Covid-19 rapidly spreads throughout our country, we are faced with new challenges on a daily basis,” writes blogger Bear Hugs & Blanket Forts. “I have five kids home from school. At first, they were bored and antsy, but in the last two weeks those feelings have shifted. They are now scared, uncertain and anxious. To be honest, I am too. I don’t know what’s going to happen over the next few months any more than they do. And yet, I still have to find a way to be their calm. I need to reassure them, and make sure they feel safe.”
She continues, “And that’s where The Imagine Neighborhood comes in. Each 15-minute episode will take families on a captivating adventure filled with animated storytelling and music aimed at helping kids to talk about their feelings. The episodes are geared toward for younger students (4-6-year-olds) but early tests have shown that kids as old as 8 or 9 are engaging with the show and loving the characters. I can tell you that older kids, and even parents will appreciate the fun and engaging way.”
With so many stories to enjoy, blogger Life With Kathy picked just one episode to share her glee with readers. “One of our favorites was, The Clouds are Made of Cake! This one was all about excitement. Sometimes kids can get really excited, but sometimes a bit too excited. In this podcast, the neighborhood’s grown-ups make a cake mistake so exciting that they run wild. Only Scotty’s pal Doctor Apocalypso can save the grown-ups from themselves (and the dump) by helping them calm down. In this episode, they’ll talk about feeling excited as well as calming down. We know it feels great to be excited, but sometimes it’s really important to calm down too. When the neighborhood grown-ups get stuck in the garbage, Doctor Apocalypso helps them escape by teaching them to calm down using belly breaths.” She adds, “What’s really wonderful about The Imagine Neighborhood, is that they are FREE and have no advertisements.”
As the podcast’s parent organization Committee for Children has discovered, kids are enjoying the bright, fun characters and interactive stories. Adults are loving the music and screen-free entertainment. But more importantly, grown-ups are noticing the social-emotional skill-building in every episode. One parent commented: “The show reminded me to be kinder as a parent. To have a resource that makes social-emotional learning accessible to children while supporting adults is awesome.” At the end of the day, that’s the goal of The Imagine Neighborhood: telling a fun story that helps parents and kids grow kinder together.
Learn more about Imagine Neighborhood — a podcast where we use our imaginations to talk about the things that matter most, with the people that matter most to us – at www.ImagineNeighborhood.org.
About Committee for Children
The nonprofit Committee for Children is on a mission to ensure children everywhere can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Best known for our innovative social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula that blend research and rigor with intuitive program design, we empower children and their adults with skills that help them realize their goals in the classroom and throughout their lives. Today, our social-emotional learning and child safety programs reach more than 14 million children in over 70 countries worldwide. Learn more at cfchildren.org.