S2E4 A Wave of Sadness

Megan the Mermaid loses someone very close to her and experiences a tidal wave of sadness.

 Deep Dive Questions for Children and their Grown Ups

Here are some questions for kids and their grown ups to discuss after listening to this episode: 

  1. How did you feel listening to this episode? If your feelings were a color, what colors did you feel when you listened to this episode? How did you feel if your feelings were the weather? Think about what your feelings would sound like if they were a sound. Make that sound together!
  2. If you could write Megan a letter, what would you say to her? You can write a letter together and send it to us at [email protected] or share it with us on social media (@Move_ThisWorld).
  3. If you could draw Megan a picture, what would you draw? You can draw her a picture and share it with us on social media (@move_thisworld).

Here’s What We Practiced This Week

The Bubble Shuffle: A song that gets you up and moving! 

Breathe 5 Times, one of the 10 Emogers™: Emogers are emotional management strategies we can use whenever we feel overwhelmed, sad, happy, excited or any kind of emotion. Take 5 deep breathes anytime you need to take a break.

Drink a Glass of Water, one of the 10 Emogers™: Take a break to drink a glass of water when you need a moment to calm down.

Look for Help, one of the 10 Emogers™: Ask someone for help when you are feeling big feelings.

Friend in Need Song: A song that reminds you how to help a friend when they need you.

Keep Moving Along Song: A song that reminds you that your feelings come and go, and you can always keep moving along.


Here are Some More Ways to Practice & Play at Home

Here are more resources to keep learning together: 

  1. Helping Students Process Feelings: A useful resource for grown-ups to better understand when children need help processing their feelings and how to support them.
  2. Reinforce Emotional Vocabulary: It can be easier to talk about difficult emotions when you have a strong emotional vocabulary.
  3. Self Care BINGO: A game you can play whenever you need support practicing exercises that promote wellbeing.

If you love Megan the Mermaid and The Emotion Motion Podcast, please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform here and leave a review. 

We can’t wait to play with you again next week! 


The Emotion Motion Podcast is produced by the Move This World Audio Network. 

Written by Sara Potler LaHayne

Music by Joel Knopf

Produced by David Zellerford and Andrew Bellinger

Edited by Andrew Bellinger and Aaron Altounian

Theme music composed by Rachel Altounian

Music performed by Aaron Altounian

Featuring Megan MacPhee as Megan the Mermaid

Also featuring Jessica Altounian, David Zellerford, Maggie Politi, Cory Stonebrook, and Andrew Bellinger

About The Move This World Audio Network

The Move This World Audio Network provides screen-free opportunities for learning and play. Interactive audio experiences engage listeners in practices that foster social and emotional wellness. For adults, The Saracast: Conversations in Social Emotional Learning does a deep-dive into the field of social emotional wellness. Featuring interviews with researchers, scientists, educators, and experts in the field, The Saracast connects the science of social emotional learning with the application of SEL in our daily lives. For children, The Emotion Motion Podcast takes them on a journey through storytelling designed to engage them and their families in movement and creative expression. You can find podcasts from the Move This World Audio Network on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and www.movethisworld.com.

About Move This World

Move This World is the leading provider of social emotional learning (SEL) multimedia resources for PreK-12 students, educators, and families. Each piece of educational content is delivered through short interactive lessons and is grounded in the goal of empowering students to navigate the rapidly-changing realities of their world – both in the classroom and throughout their lives. Designed for implementation that is both impactful and simple, the MTW platform allows educators and families to incorporate SEL into their students’ schedules every day, without planning or prep. The extensive multimedia library provides a robust and engaging daily curriculum- experiences designed to empower students by strengthening the skills that foster wellbeing and establishing a common language among students, educators and families. These multimedia experiences are rooted in creative expression and participatory movement. Move This World has already impacted the lives of over one and a half million students across 38 states. Learn more: movethisworld.com.

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