8. The Old Hermit and the Sea

When Megan the Mermaid finally gets to return to school, her excitement and nerves give her some pretty strange dreams. 

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Deep Dive Questions for Children and their Grown Ups

It’s always helpful to talk about important topics from each episode with your child. Here are some Deep Dive Questions to help children and their grown ups debrief after listening to this week’s episode. 

  1. How do you feel about school right now? If you’re home: Do you miss going to your classroom every day? If you’re back on campus: Do you like being back in your classroom every day? 
  2. Have you had a strange or interesting dream lately? What happened? How did you feel when you woke up? 
  3. How did it feel to practice the Emoger Tighten and Release? How did you feel in your body? How did you feel in your mind? 

Here’s What We Practiced This Week

We Go To School Song: The We Go To School song is a fun way to transition to school each morning. Whether you are commuting to a classroom or starting your day at the kitchen table, this song can get you ready to focus and learn. 

Tighten and Release, one of Move This World’s 10 Emogers: Emogers are emotional management strategies that we can use any time we feel overly excited, nervous, sad, or need to calm down. Tighten and release each part of your body, starting with your toes and moving up through your legs, your torso, your arms, your hands, and your face. 

Breathe 5 Times, one of Move This World’s 10 Emogers: Breathing can help calm our nerves and focus our mind. Take 5 deep breaths anytime you need to pause and relax. Breathe in for 4 counts, then breathe out for 4 counts. 

Mindful Morning Song: This song is a great way to start the day! Slowly wake up, practice taking some deep breaths, and focus on how you feel with the Mindful Morning song. 

Here are Some More Ways to Practice & Play at Home

Anticipation can make us feel a lot of different feelings – excited or nervous, like Megan, or maybe something else! Use this Current Event exercise to think about the events happening in your life or in the world around you and reflect on how these events make you feel. 

If you liked Breathe 5 Time or the breathing in the Mindful Morning song, explore more Breathing Exercises here


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

Written by Sara Potler LaHayne

Voice Over by Megan MacPhee

Produced by Jessica Altounian

Edited by Aaron Altounian

Theme music composed by Rachel Altounian


About The Move This World Audio Network

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 invites listeners to 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 practice of applying SEL to your daily life. For children, The Emotion Motion Podcast takes listeners on a journey through storytelling designed to engage children 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 cultivates the development of social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to empower students to navigate the complex and rapidly-changing realities of our world. An SEL program that has impacted the lives of over one million students across 35 states, Move This World provides educators and students with a robust, daily curriculum designed to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing in order to create and maintain healthy environments where effective teaching and learning can thrive. Move This World’s extensive online library of PreK-12 videos and resources are rooted in creative expression and designed to help students develop a common language to improve communication, build trust, and create stronger communities. For more information: www.movethisworld.com

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