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The guided meditation exercises and strories are rich in social-emotional learning. The narrators clearly model relaxation and self-soothing techniques, explaining them in child-friendly terms like "taking a Deep Dragon Breath in and out." The stories demonstrate lessons in how to be kind to yourself and others.
The stories illustrate the importance of kindness, sharing, empathy, patience, and collaboration.
Positive Role Models
Teagan Tugboat learns that it's okay to accept help. Leroy Lion discovers that bravery can be "quiet." Characters with different abilities learn to work together.
Disabilities and neurodiversity are represented in a positive light. A child in a wheelchair visits an inclusive playground where people of all abilities can play together. Even though many of the characters are animals, toys, or vehicles, we see diversity in ability as well as non-traditional gender roles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Be Calm on Ahway Island is a relaxing bedtime story and guided meditation podcast that's suitable for all ages. The meditation portion of the podcast helps kids relax before going to bed, through breathing exercises and self-soothing techniques. The stories share positive messages of kindness, empathy, gratitude, and inclusivity. Characters learn important lessons about sharing, being a good friend, and being thankful for what they have. The stories are simple enough for preschool age children to follow, but older children and even adults may find the soothing narration helps them relax and fall asleep.
Is It Any Good?
This well-produced podcast is a great choice if you're looking to settle little ones to sleep as they listen to stories that model empathy and inclusivity. Be Calm on Ahway Island is perfect for helping kids to relax if they're feeling stressed, nervous, or simply have the wiggles during nap time or quiet time. They'll learn how to calm themselves using deep breathing and other self-soothing techniques while engaging with fun magical characters. The narrators speak in quiet, reassuring tones and are accompanied by gentle background music. The podcast hits the right mark in making sure the stories aren't so exciting that they'll keep kids awake, but are just interesting enough to draw the listener in until they do nod off.
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