Scotty here from The Imagine Neighborhood. This week’s episode is all about thinking of solutions and exploring consequences. We’ll learn a snazzy way to test different outcomes with something called an if-then plan. We also have another week’s worth of activities to help you explore and practice these ideas. A big thank you to everyone who’s been tuning in and following along with our Daily Adventures! The Second Step® skills we’ll be reinforcing this week are thinking of solutions, exploring consequences and making if-then plans. Monday: The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast
This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus face a dinosaur-sized problem: Sock goblins have stolen all of the neighborhood’s socks, right before everyone’s favorite Inter-Neighborhood Sock Puppet Festival! Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus need to come up with a solution—and fast. They talk through a few if-then plans before finally settling on a winner, and I’m pretty sure you’ll never guess what it is. Listen to The Imagine Neighborhood podcast here. Tuesday: Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiments
On Tuesday, Dr. Sherri, P!H!D!, has another Emotion Experiment. This one is designed to help us practice our social-emotional skills just like a scientist would! This experiment is about ways to explore consequences when faced with a problem. It can be hard to find the right solution, especially when big feelings are involved. Creating an if-then plan helps kids and adults see different solutions so they can find the one that works best and is the fairest. Plus, you can act out different scenarios using your very own sock puppets! Download Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiment for the week below.
Wednesday: Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones
Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones is back on Wednesday to talk about the link between social-emotional learning and music. This week, we’re talking about how important it is to try out different ideas until you find the one that’s right. This is true in problem-solving and in writing music! Sometimes you just need to try lots of different things and see what works. Each week on Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones, we put a question out to our listeners and read some responses on the show. This week, you can write your own lyrics to an if-then song and send it in to be read on next week’s show! We’ll also get to hear some great ideas from our listeners. 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 set of videos to help kids practice skills and get the wiggles out. This week is all about breaking down problem-solving into steps. Making an if-then plan is a way to break down problem-solving into smaller steps. It’s like when you want to learn a cool dance move—first you need to break it down into smaller steps. We’ll practice breaking it down with our bodies to work toward accomplishing a new dance move. Don’t get it right away? That’s okay! Like many skills, you get better with practice. Follow along with the talented guys from Blazer Fresh on GoNoodle as they show you how to do some awesome moves. For younger kids: Learn to Floss For older kids: Learn Hip-Hop Moves
Some questions for kids after the activity: 1. What did you notice about breaking down the dance moves into smaller steps? 2. Were you able to do the move on the first try or did you have to try a few times? 3. How is that like trying to solve a problem? Friday: Mind Yeti® Mindfulness Practice
We’ve worked hard this week on making plans! Today, we’ll take a break and focus on Yeti Body posture. If you usually sit hunched over, it leaves less room for your lungs to fill up with air. When you’re not taking full breaths, you often feel sleepier and less calm. Having Yeti Body posture helps you be ready to get calm and focused. Watch the video that explains the benefits of Yeti Body here. Listen to this week’s Mind Yeti session, “Finding Your Yeti Body,” here.
Some questions for kids after the Mind Yeti session: 1. What’s one thing you remember about your Yeti Body from watching the video? 2. Can you demonstrate the way your back should be? How do we describe this? 3. Do you need to close your eyes? What can you do instead? 4. How do we want to feel when in our Yeti Bodies? Thanks so much. We really appreciate all of you, and I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, happy, healthy, and kind.