The Someone New is a wonderful story by Jill Twiss and EG Keller about being brave in the face of the new and unknown. Join us on an adventure as we read the story and explore its themes with our bodies and minds. Thank you to teaching artist Heather Hughes for bringing this story to life for us.
Watch as our friend Heather reads us The Something New.
Just like the characters in the story, when we’re feeling big feelings on the inside, our bodies and faces show those feelings on the outside. With a parent or a friend or even by yourself in front of a mirror, see what it feels like to act out some of these feelings.
Jitterbug- At the beginning of the story, Jitterbug the chipmunk feels nervous about someone new arriving. Jitterbug is afraid that things might change if someone new moves in, and new things can be scary.
Pudding-When we first meet Pudding the snail, Pudding is sad about the storm that has ruined their home.
At the end of the story, Jitterbug and Pudding are happy to be friends living their lives together
Now, let’s try other feelings out and see how you look and move as they change. Here are some to try:
When we’re feeling nervous or lonely it’s easy to forget how many wonderful people we have in our life. This craft will help you think about all of the people that mean the most to you and to remember that even during the times we’re far away from the people we love, they’re always with us in our hearts and minds.
Now that all of the hearts are connected to your big heart in the center, take a look at your picture. See how every heart is connected in some way, even the ones that feel really far from the center? That’s how it always is—even when we have to be far from one another, we’re always connected.
Listen to this playlist to pep you up when you need a little help feeling brave.