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Hello from The Imagine Neighborhood!
Scotty here with your weekly update from The Imagine Neighborhood. I’m so grateful to the many of you who downloaded last week’s activities. If you have ideas you’d like us to try out, feel free to let us know. This week’s episode is all about taking another person’s perspective—and how it can really help to solve problems! And we have another week full of activities to help you explore and practice these ideas.
The Second Step skill we’ll be reinforcing this week is perspective-taking.
Monday: The Imagine Neighborhood Podcast
This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Count Vacula get backstage passes to see Doctor Apocalypso’s band, the Dreadnaughts! Doc loves being onstage, hearing her fans cheer and seeing their flamethrowers. But to Count Vacula, this world is big, loud, and scary. When a bolt of lightning strikes the stage, these two switch bodies and can finally understand the world through the other’s perspective. We’ll practice taking on another person’s point of view with a game called Switcheroo!
Listen to The Imagine Neighborhood podcast here.
Tuesday: Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiments
Dr. Sherri, P!H!D! is back with another Emotion Experiment! This week, we’re talking all about seeing things from someone else’s perspective: why it’s important, how to practice it, and how to solve problems with it. Learning to see things from someone else’s point of view is an important problem-solving skill because it helps kids and adults respectfully resolve conflicts by seeing a situation in a new way. You’ll be all set to play your very own game of Switcheroo!
Download Dr. Sherri’s Emotion Experiment for the week by clicking below. Click here for an audio version of the experiment.
Wednesday: Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones
Our special musical guest, Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones, is back on Wednesday with another exploration of feelings and music. This week, we’re talking about how musical themes can help an audience understand how a character is feeling. As you listen, try to think about how it feels to be you. Is there a song that you like, or maybe even a song that you wrote, that helps to show your point of view? We’ll also hear some calming words sent in from our listeners. And this week, we’ll ask our listeners to send in ideas for their very own theme song!
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 focused on movement and creativity—with some social-emotional learning sprinkled in there too. We have two videos (one for older kids and one for younger kids) made by the awesome folks at GoNoodle that will make you think about what another person is doing and why they are doing it.
This week, in the spirit of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’ll explore what it’s like to move like someone else. We’ve selected movement activities where you’ll watch someone else’s “signature move” and try it out yourself! Then you’ll have a chance to create your own unique moves. How does it feel to do someone else’s moves? How does it feel to create your own?
For older students check out Pop See Ko 2.0 Click here to get poppin'!
For younger students try Good Energy Flow.
Friday: Mind Yeti Mindfulness Practice
On Fridays, we finish the week with Mind Yeti: mindfulness sessions that help kids and adults calm their minds, focus their attention, and better connect to the world around them. (You’re welcome to watch this video to learn more about Mind Yeti and the importance of mindfulness.) This Friday, we’re talking about what we call the Hubbubbles: your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
In this session, we’ll practice paying attention to things as they are right now with kindness and curiosity. Mindfulness can help us be better at connecting with others, including giving us space to think about someone else’s point of view.
Check out this week’s Mind Yeti session here.
Thanks so much for listening and following along! As always, I hope you and your loved ones are safe, happy, healthy, and kind.