Short Episodes Featuring Count Vacula Or Princess Donnasaurus Bring Social Emotional Learning Into The Home So Kids Know They Are Loved
Seattle, WA (March 16, 2020) – In these unprecedented times of a global pandemic, wouldn’t it be great to have a 15-minute podcast to specifically help youngsters express their emotions? In the planning for almost a year, Imagine Neighborhood’s short story episodes launch Monday, March 16. They are a much-needed antidote for frazzled families.
“Imagine Neighborhood is the perfect podcast for scary times like this,” reveals mom blogger Melissa Velazquez, author of JustABXMom. “The first episode gets families to talk about fear. Can you think of a better segue to talking to kids about COVID-19? Children listen and notice what’s happening around them even when not included in the conversation. This podcast reminds us that they should be part of the conversation.”
That’s the magic behind The Imagine Neighborhood podcast series from the folks at Committee For Children. For 35 years this nonprofit has been lifting up children, so they may create a safe and positive society for tomorrow. Discover this enchanting series where Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is learned and kindness becomes contagious at ImagineNeighborhood.org.
Episode One’s Count Vacula, a robot vampire, asks children to ponder being frightened. Count Vacula admits he too feels scared sometimes. By the end of the short story youngsters learn how to talk about the sensations being scared creates and how to deal with feeling afraid. The interactive prompts guide mom or dad to kick start these important conversations at an age-appropriate level.
“In the show, we use fun stories to help grown-ups start conversations with their kids,” says Scotty Iseri, the creator of the show. “One episode features our main character being afraid when the babysitter comes. The language and vocabulary in the show helps parents have a discussion about anything that’s making their children feel anxious.” He adds, “I know I’m feeling a bit anxious these days. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. And while no one really has all the answers, it’s important to let your kids know that they are loved, that it’s okay to feel their feelings, and that you’re there to help. Sometimes it’s enough to just say I hear you.”
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
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.