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Start the Year with Purpose, Goal Setting and Community Building At Home and In School
INGREDIENTS FOR LUCK
- Fredrick Douglas -
KIDS WHO ARE UNITED WITH PURPOSE, WILL MAKE IT ALL WORTH IT
Start the school year with purpose! When parents, teachers and students begin the year with purpose, it builds self-worth, community, belonging, connection, drive and excitement for the school year.
This month, we'll build a sense of purpose both as a group and individually with morning meeting activities, personal intentions, big conversations, book recommendations, mental resilience practice and so much more to support and go beyond the Common Core.
TEACH AND PARENT WITH PURPOSE
Our children are small and answering their big questions as the school year begins, helps them gain a better sense of direction in school, at home and for the future. Kids who connect with a purpose generally are more cooperative, patient, resilient, respectful and confident.
Adults who stay grounded with purpose, have a greater sense of accomplishment, ease, happiness and adventure. They also tend to be less stressed and anxious.
THIS MONTH'S LESSONS
Your Back-to-School Activities Include Several Printable PDF Downloads
1. OUR CLASS CONSTITUTION
FOR GRADES 2 & UP
Answering big questions, for a common purpose, can bring the most diverse groups of students together. When your students make a Class Constitution, it fosters unity, self-worth and belonging. Build your classroom community, celebrate differences and learn more about the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution with this life-sized activity!
2. THE FAMILY PACT
KINDER YEARS & UP
The unpredictability of this school year has added extra stress to life at home, but creating a Family Mission Statement or Pact is a fun way to function with more joy, community and connection. Giving kids the responsibility and voice to actively contribute to the home atmosphere fosters leadership and their ability to respond positively in challenging circumstances.
3. THE BIGGER PICTURE
FOR TWEENS, TEENS & GROWN-UP HUMAN BEINGS
Asking big life questions in your little morning meetings is a great way build connection, self-worth and curiosity. Not only does wonder have educational benefits, it is also linked to various social and psychological strengths including greater tolerance and noncritical attitudes. This guided exercise explores three of the biggest life questions to satisfy you and your young learners sense of wonder!
4. LIFE COMPASS
This journaling activity is a navigational tool for teens, tweens and grown-up human beings. When you feel stuck, lost or things just aren’t working out the way you planned, having a sense of purpose can make it all worth it! Even the youngest learners tend to be happier and more motivated when they find that their life can be filled with purpose.
5. TEACH WITH PURPOSE
FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS
This inspirational download was created to help you mentally recharge throughout the year. It is a beautiful reminder of the importance of your role and impact on the world. Explore the bonus exercises and more!
WE ARE "MULTI - PASSIONATE" HUMAN BEINGS WHO HAVE MORE REASON THAN EVER BEFORE TO LIVE A LIFE OF PURPOSE
- Inspired By - Marie Forleo
Great Day Academics
What do you want to be when you grow up ? This question has set our children's compass off course for generations. In our lifetime, we will do and be many things. While answering this question can give them long-term goals, prematurely answering this question can lead them away from the patience needed to commit to their current roles and be open to new windows of success.
Who am I ? Children are naturally inquisitive. When we start to satisfy their sense of wonder by asking and answering big questions, it can help them gain the confidence they need to live a life with purpose, more meaning and motivation to pursue big goals.
Uniting groups of children for a positive common purpose is a powerful way to establish compassionate, global leaders.
THE SCIENCE OF
Curiosity and wonder are now viewed as an important attribute for the next generation of scientists. "Curiosity is often held up as one of the most favorable qualities of a good scientist", says Samantha Green from the Society Leaders Press.
In a meta-analysis published in Perspective on Psychological Science, Sophie von Stumm proved that conscientiousness and curiosity had positive effects on academic performance, including traditional measures of intelligence.
Not only does deep wonder have educational benefits, it is also linked to various social and psychological strengths including greater tolerance, noncritical attitudes and unconventional thinking.
LESSONS HELPED ME
Having a personal mission statement not only helped point me in the direction of my dreams, it allowed me to reflect on my life experiences and see clearly how each of my challenges, big ideas, values, and own unique personality was consistently working like a compass- leading me in the right direction every time. As an added bonus, when things get too chaotic in my daily life, my personal purpose statement keeps me mentally resilient and present with my family, life and work.
This too, is my wish for you!
Educator | Founder
LET YOUR PURPOSE BE ROOTED IN THE
GENUINE INTEREST OF OUR COLLECTIVE GOOD
For Teaching & Learning Purpose
For Parents & Teachers:
Everything is Figuroutable - Marie Forleo
Leading with Intention - Jeanne Spiller
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
For Tweens & Teens:
The Way of the Warrior Kid Series - Jocko Willink
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens- Stephen R. Covey
For Our Kids:
Ada Twist, Scientist - Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck, Architect - Andrea Beaty
Nerdy Birdy - Aaron Reynolds & Matt Davies
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
Our Class Is A Family - Shannon Olsen
Rosie Revere Engineer - Andrea Beaty
The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires
The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson
Your're Here for a Reason - Nancy Tillman
What Do You Do With An Idea - Kobi Yamada
Weslandia - Paul Fleischman
EXTRA CREDIT COMMUNITY
Hi there gang!
Please share! Living a purpose - filled life means making sure the things you value most are a priority. What does your family or class value most?