Hey there! It’s Scotty from The Imagine Neighborhood. This week’s episode is all about making things right when you’re the one who caused a problem. It’s okay to have big feelings—everyone gets angry or sad sometimes. But sometimes if you’re feeling really angry, you might do something that causes a problem. If we act on those feelings, make a mistake, and need to apologize, then it’ll be great to know a little more about the importance of making things right!
A big thank you to everyone who’s been following along with our Daily Adventures! It’s been so much fun hearing your thoughts and feedback and getting to practice each week with Dr. Sherri, Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones, and more! If you made something you’re proud of during one of the activities or drew one of The Imagine Neighborhood characters, send in a picture to be shared on our Infinite Refrigerator!
Follow along on our Instagram page to see what other listeners send in, too. The Second Step® skill we’ll be reinforcing this week is making amends.
Monday: The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast
Please note: This episode is about how to make amends when you’ve made a mistake. In it, an imaginary monster “smashes” an imaginary village. It was written many months before the recent acts of violence and related protests. It is in no way intended to be a commentary on those events.
This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty starts out having a pretty rough day. When Doc Apocalypso swings by to tell him there’s a giant monster on the loose who’s smooshing villages, the day gets even rougher! Scotty and Doc need to find this monster and figure out what’s going on—and figure out how to make things right.
Listen to The Imagine Neighborhood podcast here.
Tuesday: Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiments
On Tuesday, Dr. Sherri, P!H!D!, is back with another Emotion Experiment to help us practice our social-emotional skills. She’ll talk about what to do if those big feelings have gotten the better of you, what makes an apology sincere, and how to make amends. It’s always important—for kids and for grown-ups—to know what steps they can take to make things right. We’ll build these skills by practicing different steps to take after making a mistake. How would your apology sound if you were an invisible wizard? What if you accidentally let a baby velociraptor loose, or messed up on your very first day as the tooth fairy’s apprentice?
Download Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiment for the week here.
Wednesday: Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones
On Wednesday, we’re back with Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones to explore how music and social-emotional learning fit together. Music can be a great way to communicate things that are sometimes hard to say. We’ll find out how musicians communicate with each other—sometimes without saying a single word! We’ll also get to hear some great ideas from our listeners. Each week with Mr. Music Man, we ask our listeners a question and read some responses on the show. Tune in to hear how your idea could be featured on The Imagine Neighborhood. Listen to this week’s episode with Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones here.
Thursday: I Like to Move It, Move It! On Thursdays, we have another video to help kids practice skills and get the wiggles out. This week is all about making amends. Ever make a big mess while doing something super fun and then have to clean it up? Cleaning up is one way of making things right!
Follow along with the “Clean Up!” song and new dance moves from GoNoodle here . Some questions for kids after the activity: 1. When was the last time you had to clean up a big mess? 2.Do you think singing the “Clean Up!” song would have made it more fun?
Friday: Mind Yeti® Mindfulness Practice
Fridays are for calming our minds and bodies with Mind Yeti. This week, we’ve been talking about how to make things right after we’ve made a mistake or let strong emotions take over. Strong emotions affect our brains and make it harder for us to think clearly—but our brains are constantly changing and growing. When we practice new or hard things, we can grow new pathways in our brain! The more we practice, the stronger and faster these pathways become. Mindfulness can help you learn to calm your brain and can also help build new pathways.
Watch the “Your Amazing Brain” video to learn more here.
Follow along with a mindfulness session to help you practice slow breathing when feeling strong emotions here.
Some questions for kids after the Mind Yeti session: 1. What’s one new thing you learned from these videos? 2. What did Lil’ Yeti do to get better at skateboarding? 3. What’s one thing you’ll remember to do or tell yourself when you’re doing something new or hard?
Thanks so much for listening, writing in, and following along! We hope that you have a great week, and I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, happy, healthy, and kind.